Coming off one of the most challenging seasons in St. Paul's lacrosse history with a 4-15 record in 2012, the 2013 varsity lacrosse team earned the School's 55th trip to the MSA/MIAA playoffs the old-fashioned way, with hard work and a team-first attitude. The amazing turnaround season was led by a Crusader team comprised of 13 seniors, 19 juniors, four sophomores, and a freshman. Team captains Mike Mayer, Travis Wood, and Andrew Nelson led the team to a successful comeback season throughout the tough out-of-conference and MIAA schedule.
After opening up with a win over Anne Arundel County power Severna Park 18-5, St. Paul’s rattled off 10 straight wins vs. out-of-conference opponents including Hill Academy from Canada, Cape Henry Collegiate, Haverford, Georgetown Prep, Hereford, Fallston, Cherry Creek, Cape Henlopen, Bullis, and Episcopal, among others, heading into the grueling MIAA schedule.
St. Paul's lost a tough one to defending champion Calvert Hall in the league opener 13-12, but then rolled to five straight league wins over Spalding, Loyola, Severn, St. Mary’s, and Mt. St. Joe to wrap up a playoff berth early.
Next up for the Crusies were the Big Three: McDonogh, Gilman, and Boys’ Latin. St. Paul’s traveled to McDonogh first and lost a heart-breaking 11-10 game in overtime. Gilman came to Brooklandville for Blue-Gold Day and lost an epic, high-scoring tilt to the rival Greyhounds 15-13. Lastly, #1 ranked Boys’ Latin knocked off the Crusies in the regular season finale, 13-8, in the 94th meeting between the two rivals. St. Paul’s finished the regular season with a 16-4 overall record, 5-4 in the MIAA, and a #5 seeding in the MIAA playoffs.
In the quarterfinals, the Crusaders were faced with the challenge of traveling to defending champion Calvert Hall. The Cards were led by faceoff specialist and USA U-19 Team player Stephen Kelly, who seemed to will his team to a hard fought 10-8 victory, ending the St. Paul’s season.
Season highlights included; Mikey Wynne breaking the School’s single-season goals record with 67 (and recording 90 overall points), Carter Flaig registering 82 points on 49 goals and 33 assists, Mike D'Amelio recording 267 faceoff wins to go along with a team leading 164 groundballs. Additionally, D'Amelio broke what is thought to be a School single-game record for faceoffs (25) and groundballs (22) in a victory over Severn.
Coach Brocato attributes the successful turnaround season to an outstanding coaching staff and seniors Mike Mayer, Travis Wood, Andrew Nelson, AJ Fradkin, Mike D’Amelio, Greg Louzan, Ben Linkous, Casey Larkin, Jake Carbone, Austin Butcher, Raymond Schulmeyer, Walker Sawers, and Mark Stansky, who maintained positive team spirit and chemistry, and will be sorely missed.
St. Paul’s Varsity Baseball completed the season with an 8-12 record overall and a 6-10 record in the A conference. St. Paul’s season included wins over league rivals Loyola, Mount St. Josephs, and Spalding. Unfortunately, a late season loss to Archbishop Curley kept the Crusaders from qualifying for the playoffs by one game. Other season highlights included their spring break trip to Fort Lauderdale where they won one of four games against some of Florida’s best high school competition. Juniors Keifer Rawlings and Jamal Wade were honored as all-MIAA selections by the A conference coaches. Seniors Austin Sutor and Jonathan Lucido were selected to play for the North Region in the MSABC Classic. Wade and fellow Junior Bennett Briante were picked to play in the MSABC’s Junior classic. Sutor, Lucido, as well as seniors Dean Philip, Jayson Brown, and Isaiah Rose completed very successful careers for St. Paul’s.
This season was an exciting one for the St. Paul's Varsity Golf team. It became clear as the spring progressed that there were some exceptional young golfers in the Upper School with a solid balance of veteran leadership and experience. Senior Conner Antlitz led the way at #1 and was the team's Wake Forest Cup winner, the SP Golf Program's most prestigious award. Junior Thomas Carroll was the Spirit Award winner, always demonstrating excellent course etiquette and a strong work ethic, leading to multiple wins throughout the season. Junior Jordan Duke also brought valuable experience and low scoring, and sophomores Michael James and Wynn Geis returned for their 2nd seasons on Varsity, bringing great competitiveness and multiple winning rounds. The most well represented grade though was the Class of 2016. Freshmen Tommy Kearney, Daniel Hogge, Brett Wakeman, Campbell Shelhoss and Ben Morris all brought an outstanding energy and passion for the game which will serve the program very well in years to come. The team had a tough overall record this year and missed the playoffs, but it was clear to the coaching staff that a championship nucleus is definitely in place for near future. It was a successful season in that the boys made great improvements and were competitive in far more matches than their record indicated, with two being decided by just one point. Congratulations to the team on their season and good luck to Conner as he moves on to Salisbury next year. The future is bright for golf so be sure to stay tuned next spring!
The 2013 season for the St. Paul’s rowing team was a tumultuous one full of sacrifice, hard work, and a fairy tale ending. The SP rowers have to contend routinely with some of the worst rowing conditions the eastern seaboard can provide, but all levels rose to the challenge once again. Despite limited training time due to the aforementioned weather, the team competed at a high level, winning races at both the 3rd and 5th Manny Flick Regattas, the Baltimore Championships, and stacked up well against their larger team counterparts in a dual meet with DeMatha, and the season’s final non-championship regatta at St. Andrew’s School in Delaware. The team capped off their hard work and perseverance with an excellent showing at the Stotesbury Regatta in Philadelphia. The freshmen placed 30 out of 45 teams, the junior 4 qualified for the semi-finals and ended up 8th out of 64 teams, and the senior four fought hard and placed 34th out of 56 teams. The lightweight four (Teddy Van Beek, Liam Emmart, Timmy Peters, Keegan O’Donnell, Chris Acker) claimed third place out of 36 teams via an intense push over the last 150 meters. Their bronze medal is the first medal in the 13-year history of the St. Paul’s boy’s rowing program and provided a fantastic end to an otherwise extremely challenging season.
Tennis (by Austin Burt '15)
After missing the team playoffs, the Crusaders looked to make some noise in the individual MIAA tournament.
In the second singles spot, junior Jack Hamed ’14 defeated his opponent from Park in the first round to advance to the quarterfinals. However, Jack would then lose to a competitor from Gilman. Senior Tommy Hauver advanced into the quarterfinals before falling. In the number one doubles spot, Sota Fukashima and Jake Hooper defeated a team from Loyola in the quarterfinals before falling in the semifinals. Hunter Ostad and Walker Halstad represented St. Paul’s in the number two doubles spot. They received a bye in the first round and then defeated competitors from Loyola in the quarterfinals. After that they defeated the team from Friends in the semifinals to go to the championship, before falling to the team from Gilman.