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  • The Eagles boys were gracious in defeat on Wednesday, disappointed to fall in the region final but proud all the same of their 11-7 season and playoff run.
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    The Eagles boys were gracious in defeat on Wednesday, disappointed to fall in the region final but proud all the same of their 11-7 season and playoff run.

Northeast Boys Proud Of Season After Region-Final Loss

Colin Murphy
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May 18, 2017

There was no hiding the disappointment, but there was also no denying the pride.

So it ended for the Northeast boys lacrosse team as the Eagles fell 8-3 in the 3A/2A South region final on Wednesday to an experienced Glenelg High School team, a program that has made the state tournament in seven of the last 10 seasons, with three state championships in that span.

The offense stalled against a stifling Glenelg defense and a tremendous goalkeeper performance by the Gladiators’ goalie, who had 15 saves.

At 11-7 overall with playoff wins over Chesapeake, River Hill and Atholton, the Eagles nonetheless advanced the program to its highest marks in 10 years this season. Two wins over rival Chesapeake, an early-season win over South River—the first known victory over the Seahawks in program history—a Friday-night overtime win against Arundel, and a three-win run to the region final are highlights that won’t soon be forgotten by this year’s Eagles.

The team will lose 14 seniors from this year’s roster, but the Eagles are proud to have raised the level of play and excited to build on this year.

“I’m proud of the guys obviously for working hard all year and getting to this point, and I can’t take anything away from them,” said coach Walt Blahut. “We didn’t put our best foot forward today. We don’t score [just] three goals. That’s not us. We lose 14 seniors who are key to the program, so we’ve got to rebuild next year. We’ve got a couple starters back and a great goalie, so we’ve got some key figures to build on, and we’ll train some of the younger guys and get them in. But I’m very proud of them. This [loss] takes nothing away from what they’ve accomplished.”

The 2017 Northeast boys lacrosse players are Josh Schelfe, Tanner Buras, Troy McNeil, Seth Camphouse, Christian Keys, Damian Wirth, Tanner Bishop, Joey Niles, Garrett Alexander, Ryan Nappier, Zach Alexander, Marshall Greenwood, Justin Talley, Matt Wilhelm, MJ Todd, Brennan Brillon, Logan Bishop, Nathan Wilkes, Bennett Wingate, Vince Umali, John Karl, Matt Anderson, Patrick Martinek, Adam Brooks, Brian Perry, Zach Adams, Bennett Diaz, Austin Seth, Brennan McConnell, Jelani Weathers, Brandon Choinski and Mike Suit. The team was coached by Walt Blahut, and assistant coaches Patrick Teubner, Donovan Lange and Keith Brooks.


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