McDonogh clinches top seed; quarterfinal round is Monday


The MIAA A Conference soccer regular season came to a close on Wednesday and all of the seeds were locked in place.

Top-ranked McDonogh, which closed with a 2-0 win at Archbishop Spalding, captured the top-seed. The Eagles and No. 2 Archbishop Curley actually finished in a tie for first, each with 14-2 conference records. They also split their head-to-head meetings, but the Eagles gained the tie-break because they swept third-place Mount St. Joseph, with whom Curley split.

The Friars closed their regular season, on Wednesday, with a 5-0 win at Calvert Hall. Both McDonogh and Curley will have first round byes before hosting semifinal games on Nov. 2.

St. Joe, which completed its league schedule on Friday, finished 11-4-1 in the conference and will be the third seed. The Gaels will host defending champion Calvert Hall (6-9-1), the sixth seed. Loyola (9-7), which defeated John Carroll, 5-0, in its finale, is the fourth seed. The Dons will host Gilman, which took the fifth seed with its 2-2 tie with St. Paul’s, on Wednesday. The Greyhounds beat Loyola twice this season.

In the semifinals, McDonogh will host the Loyola/Gilman winner and Curley will entertain the Mount St. Joe/Calvert Hall survivor. The semifinal victors will meet in the league championship game on Sunday, Nov. 5 at Anne Arundel Community College.

Jacob Steinberg and Kyle Brown scored for McDonogh in its victory. In Curley’s win, senior Ben Stitz scored two goals raising his season total to 31, breaking the previous school record of 29 shared by Tre Pulliam (’16) and Giuliana Celenza (’97), who was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame last weekend. Adrian Avelleneda and Tommy Sidleck also scored for the Friars.

John Peterson scored twice and Alex Reid had three assists to lead Loyola in its victory. Matt Lala, Biggie Ruzzi and Julia Schmugge also scored for the Dons.