By Tom Peace
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 3/27/14
OWINGS MILLS, Md – Culver Academy completed an impressive hat trick today by defeating its third MIAA opponent in three days.
Culver Academy, the No. 2 team in the Warror/TopLaxRecruits Rankings, has won five games in the past six days and is bringing Midwest lacrosse into focus just as quickly. Not since Brother Rice (MI) went undefeated in 2008 has a Midwest team been ranked so high in the national polls.
What’s more, this team has proven itself against Top 10 teams. Gilman was ranked No. 8 and McDonogh No. 3.
“I think I was most nervous about the McDonogh game,” said Culver head coach Jon Posner. “We actually watched the (McDonogh)-Haverford School game on YouTube.
“Going 3-0 against the MIAA schools … I didn’t know we had it (in us); I knew we had the talent, but playing five games in six days is tough. I’m proud of our guys.”
Ethan Walker (2016 attackman, committed to Denver) had a big game for Culver, scoring five goals.
“Ethan is so slick he can shoot the ball as well as anybody,” Posner said. “He can find space, he’s smart with the ball and he sees the field well.
“He’s huge for us. He takes attention off Joel Tinney and he allows for him to get open. He is stepping up for a sophomore.”
McDonogh had some bright spots as Trey McGee scored three goals. And Robby Austin had two goals and two assists.
“They are an extremely talented team, they outworked us today,” said McDonogh head coach Andy Hilgartner. “They took it to us right from the opening faceoff.”
Culver Academy will continue to play elite opponents in the Midwest as well as Upstate New York power Bishop Timon St. Jude.
McDonogh now tries to regroup and prepare to play Gonzaga (DC) on Saturday in the PNC Invitational vs. Gonzaga (D.C.) at the Ridley Athletic Complex at Loyola University in Baltimore.
“We have to refocus on our defensive fundamentals and groundballs,” said Hilgartner. “Gonzaga is a very tough team, talented team, we are going to have our hands full Saturday night.
“We have to learn from this defeat but not live in it and we need to move forward. We need to have a good practice tomorrow and come out and play McDonogh lacrosse Saturday night.”
Culver Academy 13, McDonogh School 9
Halftime – Culver 6-5
Trey McGee 3g, 1A
Bobby Austin 2g, 2a
Robby Black 2g
Peter Senft 1g
Robert Clark 1g, 2a
Brinton Valis 3a
Jacob Stover 11 saves
Ethan Walker 5g
PJ Bogle 1g
Dawson McKenzie 1g
Pierre Byrne 2g
Joel Tinney 1g
Beau Ecksten 1g
Ryan Coulter 1g
Riley Thompson 1g
Mikey Calvello 7 saves