St. Mary's junior Mo McDonough tied the school record for career goals yesterday, but it mattered little to her.
Also of little importance to the Saints is the school assist mark, which senior Randall Goldsborough came within one of tying in St. Mary's 4-1 victory over two-time defending Baltimore Catholic League champion John Carroll.
What matters most to the Saints (9-1-1 overall, 8-1-1 league) is that they beat a John Carroll squad that has been a thorn in their sides in recent years.
St. Mary's had finished as the runners-up to John Carroll (2-4-2) in the last two Catholic League tournaments and tied the Patriots for last year's regular-season title. And in an Oct. 8 meeting earlier this year, the highly favored Saints blew a 2-0 lead against the Patriots and had to settle for an embarrassing 4-4 tie.
"Last game, we made some really dumb errors," said McDonough, who had a goal and an assist to raise her career totals to 48 goals and 20 assists. Tracy Tobin, a 1990 graduate, set the standard with 48 goals and 27 assists.
"We didn't make the critical mistakes that we did in the first game," said St. Mary's coach Jerry Tobin. "We controlled the last game, but made mistakes against a dangerous team. They've got some great personnel, like Amity Torbit, who is an excellentattack player."
Tobin can say the same about his Liz McGonagle-led defense, which rendered the Patriots' scoring tandem of Torbit (sixgoals) and Krystin Porcella (nine) ineffective, although freshman keeper Erin Hon (three saves) didn't get her seventh shutout.
Goldsborough (one goal, two assists in the game) sparked an attack that outshot the Patriots, 6-0, early for a 3-0 lead. She raised her season total to a team-high 12 goals.
Torbit assisted on Porcella's first-half goal to cut the Saints' lead to 3-1.
"Everybody realizes thatwhenever we play John Carroll, it's more of a defensive game," said McGonagle.
Just six minutes into the game, Goldsborough sprinted across midfield to take a pass from McDonough, split two defenders andbeat keeper Karen Olsen with her 20-yard shot inside the left-hand post for a 1-0 lead.
Two minutes later, Goldsborough dished an indirect kick to McGonagle, who drilled it past Olsen's left side. Goldsborough assisted on McDonough's goal with 17 minutes left in the firsthalf and McGonagle scored off a second-half direct kick.