WASHINGTON — A Canadian team won the first GEICO High School Lacrosse Nationals, but it was impossible to avoid a little local flavor.
Hill Academy (Concord, Ontario) downed Georgetown Prep (Bethesda, Md.) 12-6 in Tuesday’s championship, which was twice delayed by lightning delays of about an hour.
Hill was led by sophomore attacker and Georgetown commit Dylan Watson, the game’s Most Valuable Player with four goals and both head coaches were former players at Georgetown University under former Georgetown coach Dave Urick. Hill coach Brodie Merrill was a two-time All-American at Georgetown in 2004 and 2005 and Georgetown Prep coach Scott Urick was a player for his father at Georgetown from 1997-2000 and even coached Merrill as an assistant there.
Merrill said that Watson responded to being moved up to the offense.
“Our starting lefty attacker broke his foot and couldn’t be with us this week,” Merrill said. “We started to get Dylan acclimated to the offense and it didn’t take him long. He established some great chemistry. He hit the ground running with them. As difficult as it was to lose Riley Curtis, the game presents you with opportunities.”
Junior midfielder Mike McCannell got Hill Academy (14-1) off to a good start, scoring two of the Pride’s first three goals and No. 2-seeded Hill took a 5-2 lead in the first quarter.
Georgetown Prep (14-6) scored first on a Jackson Luck shot just 1:06 into the game off a pass by Gavin Lindsay. Hill Academy was missing its lead face-off man, Justin Inacio, and the Hoyas had the early edge in face-offs, but that faded in the third quarter when Hill took control. Even when the Pride didn’t get the face-off, they quickly countered when they did take control on defense.
The, Hoyas, the No. 5 seed in the tournament, cut the lead to 5-3 off Luck’s second goal with 7:51 to go in the first half….