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PNC Expands Deal For Lacrosse Sponsorship, 2017 Invitational Set
PNC Bank extended its commitment to support local high school lacrosse.
The financial firm reached a three-year deal for its sponsorship of the PNC Invitational, which is an annual showcase featuring four nationally acclaimed teams from the mid-Atlantic region.
The 2017 matchups will take place at Loyola University's Ridley Athletic Complex April 8. It will be the first time the Invitational includes a girls' game, with Baltimore's McDonogh taking on Good Counsel of Washington, D.C.
McDonogh has a national-record 155-game winning streak and was the unanimous No. 1 team in the country last season. Good Counsel was ranked fifth nationally in the
Loyola Blakefield, of the powerful Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association, faces off against Potomac, Md.'s Bullis in the boys' game. The Dons reached the conference semifinals last season, while the Bulldogs were the 2016 Interstate Athletic Conference champions.
Bullis ended the season ranked fifth nationally in the
rankings and defeated another MIAA power, Boys' Latin, 16-10, during last year's PNC Invitational.
"Lacrosse is a proud Maryland tradition, and its popularity is spreading rapidly throughout the country," Laura Gamble, PNC regional president for greater Maryland, said. "PNC is committed to supporting Maryland's lacrosse legacy by bringing together regional powerhouses for a heightened level of competition among the schools and to bolster the sport throughout the region."
Corrigan Sports Enterprises (CSE) will once again host the PNC Invitational. CSE is a Baltimore-based sports marketing and event management firm that also operates the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic.
"It's been a privilege to provide a Division I game-day experience for the area's premier student-athletes via this invitational," Lee Corrigan, president of CSE, said. "PNC's support has helped grow the sport tremendously, and many players have developed into collegiate stars at their respective universities."
Southern Attackman Colin Phipps
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Southern High School (Anne Arundel) sophomore attackman Colin Phipps is already making his mark in the national high school lacrosse landscape. Last season, Phipps recorded 24 goals with 14 assists and 40 ground balls under head coach Brendan Brace. He helped lead the Bulldogs to the Class 2A/1A semifinals. Phipps also competed in the 2016 Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic. In addition to lacrosse, Phipps plays football and runs indoor track at Southern. Phipps, who has a 3.5 GPA, is still going through the college process.
How was the experience of playing in the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic? Was the level of talent about what you expected?
Colin Phipps: Playing in the Under Armour All America Lacrosse game really took it to the next level for me. It gave me the opportunity to be a part of the best talent I've ever played with. I loved the experience and, at the same time, really felt I learned a lot to improve my game.
What are your goals heading into the next high school season at Southern?
CP: I'm very excited about this upcoming season at Southern. We really have some great talent, and I'm anxious to see what we're going to do coming back this year. I've been lucky enough to play with most of these guys for a long time. Winning a state championship together would be my ultimate goal and a great way to end this season. We came up a little short last year in the state semifinals, but we just need to stay mentally focused, attack each game, stay positive and really lay it on the line for each other so we can achieve our goals.
What are the benefits of being a two-sport athlete?
CP: Playing multiple sports definitely helps me. It enables me to be a well-rounded athlete -- learn new skillsets working with different coaches and guys. I can't imagine not playing multiple sports.
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