There is no question that Prophet Pat strikes fear in the hearts of coaches who shudder when he picks them to lose the week after he's had a bad week of picking games.
Traditionally, the rage of a sage over his 14 years of predicting games always has roared back followinga disastrous effort. It's like 99 percent sure that he will be perfect or nearly perfect after a bad outing.
Two weeks ago, the Prophet handed in an embarrassing 1-5 card, but he came back with a 5-1 log, including Chesapeake's 17-16 upset in overtime over Severna Park, snapping the Falcons' 57-game winning streak in girls lacrosse.
That brought the fearless prognosticator's record to 149-70 (.680).
The sage said last week, "The Prophet always bounces back," and he added about the Chesapeake/Severna Park girls stick game, "Here it is, the Upset of the Week." It was, as the Cougars of Coach Jim Buchan won by the predicted one goal.
Arundel'sbaseball team was tabbed by the Prophet to lose at Calvert Hall and win at home against Severna Park in a big Class 4A Region IV showdown. The Wildcats of Coach Bernie Walter did just that, losing at the Hall last Friday, 5-2, and coming back Monday to hammer Severna Park, 7-1, behind the two-hit pitching of southpaw Zach Collins.
Also, inbaseball, the Prophet has put Old Mill over Northeast by one run in the "W" column, even though the game isn't over. With two outs in thetop of the 13th of a wild, controversial marathon, Old Mill holds the lead, 6-5, with the Eagles still to bat.
The Prophet feels that the suspended game is in the bag in favor of the Pats, and if not, hewill adjust his record after the game is completed.
In boys lacrosse the sage went 1-1, calling the shot on St. Mary's and missing on Arundel at North County. St. Mary's was a three-goal favorite over Baltimore's Gilman and rolled, 9-1, while North County dropped its first game after eight straight wins by 5-4 to Arundel (6-3).
The Wildcats went into North County as a one-point underdog.
This week therage of a sage has a diversified smattering of games in lacrosse, baseball and softball.
GIRLS LACROSSE ST. MARY'S AT OLD MILL
5 p.m.Friday. Old Mill coach Bruce Sponsler calls this one "a very important game to us as far as qualifying for the playoffs."
Sponsler's Patriots ran their overall record to 7-4 Tuesday with a 20-12 romp over Meade (1-7) as Alison Zaetz and Michelle Salmon each scored seven goals.
The same day, St. Mary's (7-4) notched its seventh win over Catholic school rival, Archbishop Spalding, 15-11, with Mandy Lewis firing in five goals and assisting on one other.
"The top eight teams qualify, and we are right there with seven wins and a win over St.Mary's would really help our chances," said Sponsler, who dramatically has turned around a team that was 2-10 a year ago.
Look for thePatriots to take this one in a high-scoring affair with Zaetz, the county's leading scorer with 112 points on 52 goals and eight assists,having another prolific game.
Old Mill plus 1 over St. Mary's (something like 16-15).
BOYS LACROSSE SOUTHERN AT BROADNECK
7:30 p.m. Friday. Coming off its big 8-5 win over South River (6-3) last Friday, the host Bruins of Coach Clay White need this one to remain one game behind Annapolis in the loss column in the county 4A League.
Broadneck is 4-1 in league games, while Annapolis is 7-0. The Bruins can solidify their chances of one of the top seedings in the upcoming playoffs with a home victory over a very good Class 2A squad in Southern.
The Dawgs are 5-4 playing against the bigger 4A schools. LastFriday Southern stuck it to 2-9 Old Mill, 7-2, and gave Severna Park(7-2) all it could handle Tuesday night before bowing, 9-7.
Southern held a 7-6 lead over the Falcons going into the final period at Harwood before the Falcons exploded for three unanswered goals in the closing moments.
There is no question that Southern can win this game, but the Prophet is giving the edge to the Bruins because of the home turf in Cape St. Claire.
It could be a replay of the Severna Park game for Southern, with the Bruins coming from behind to nip it in the last period. As good and gutty as the Bulldogs are, Southern (a 2A school) just doesn't have the numbers of those 4A schools, and it takes its toll.
Broadneck plus 1 over Southern.
ST. PAUL'S VS. ST. MARY'S
At Weems-Whelan Field in Annapolis, 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. This won't be any piece of cake for Coach Jim Moorhead's Saints (8-2) like the one they had Tuesday over Gilman. St. Paul's (7-3) is reallytough, as evidenced by its strong showing Tuesday in a 6-5 loss to top-ranked Boys' Latin.
Boys' Latin (10-1), the only team to beat defending Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference champion Loyolathis season, built up a 5-2 lead at the half against St. Paul's and had to hold on as the Crusaders rallied for three goals in the final period.