Severn boys lacrosse coach Peter Trau figured keying on St. Mary's best players, Rob Chomo and David Jones, would unlock a victory for his Admirals in yesterday's showdown with the visiting Saints.
The Admirals' defense came through on the one hand, holding Chomo (12 goals, six assists) and Jones (15 goals, six assists) to a goal and assist, respectively, in the game.
On the other hand, Trau discovered that more than just two heroesplay for the Saints, but Trau's discovery came only after an 8-4 Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference loss to the Saints.
"To tell you the truth, I don't remember who scored for us," said 12th-year St. Mary's coach Jim Moorhead, whose Saints improved to 7-1 overall, 3-1 in the MSA A Conference. "But that's what we're going to have to do if they're going to shut off Jones and Chomo thinking the otherguys can't score."
St. Mary's was coming off an 11-10 overtime loss to Loyola. But the victory coupled with Loyola's 7-6 loss to Boys'Latin yesterday ties the Saints for first place in Division I of theMSA A Conference, so let us remind Moorhead just who helped his squad get there.
The list of the unheralded starts with sophomore Kevin Reichardt (two goals), who scored the first goals of his career in the
game. His first came on an assist from Jones just 44 seconds into the third period, tying the game, 4-4, after the Saints trailed, 4-3 at the half.
Later in the game, senior Mike McClellan scored his ninth goal of the season and junior midfielder Eamon McCormick (one goal, one assist) and Rob Tobin (one goal) deserve mention. But Trau said Reichardt's goal was what broke his squad mentally, especiallyafter having dominated the first quarter with an 11-2 advantage in both shots and ground balls.
The Admirals (12-3, 1-3) led, 2-0, after the first quarter and 4-2 early in the second.
"I think the third quarter was definitely the turning point. We couldn't come up witha ground ball," said Trau, whose squad trailed, 13-3 in shots, 10-4 in ground balls and 3-0 in face-offs in the period. "We came out. They banged a quick one, it's tied up and the wind went out of our sails."
St. Mary's then pinned the Severn defense but missed seven straight shots over a six-minute span -- two of which were blocked by Admirals keeper Court Durling (10 saves) -- before Kip Gendell scored his second unassisted goal of the day with 1:52 remaining in the periodto give the Saints a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
While Reichardt and Gendell were the heart of the Saints' victory, two others played a larger than usual part.
Senior defender Andy Woerner replacedinjured starter Todd Harrison (out for the season with torn knee ligaments) and helped defenders Brad Stevens and Mike Murray and keeper Chris Brown (nine saves) hold the Admirals scoreless in the second half.
Severn's Dudley Dixon (33 goals, four assists overall) scored three first-half goals and Matt Long (21 goals, 20 assists) tallied the other, but that was before the Saints' defense slammed the door.
"We had to collect ourselves with Todd gone, and Andy's a good defenseman," said Stevens. "He stepped in beautifully. We playedsmarter in the second half and I think it was just mental -- getting our headsin the game."
Then there was face-off specialist Chris Overend, who won nine of the 14 draws he was involved in.
"We had possessionof the ball and a lot of that was Chris Overend facing off for us," said Moorhead of Overend, who won six straight after the Saints trailed, 4-2. "Obviously if we didn't get most of the face-offs it would have been a problem."
Trau said, "They possessed the ball the wholethird and fourth quarter, and when we got down we panicked a little bit.
"We got the ball 90 percent of the time in the first period, but in the second quarter we let them creep back in. I thought we hada chance to put 'em away early in the first half, but we didn't. This was such a momentum-swing game it was a game of two halves."