"Clicking" was the catchword after St. Paul's boys lacrosse team's 17-14 win yesterday over Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference Division I rival Severn.
"We've been marked as a highly powered offensive team, but we just haven't been clicking," said St. Paul's junior attackman Michael Watson. "Today, we finally started clicking."
St. Paul's coach Mitch Whiteley gave this assessment of his top-ranked and unbeaten Crusaders after their 12th consecutive victory: "We're streaky and high-risk," he said. "Sometimes we throw the ball away, and sometimes we just get clicking."
The Crusaders, who defeated the Admirals, 7-6, in their first meeting, March 27, scored four unanswered goals in the final 1:25 of the second quarter yesterday to take a 9-5 lead at the half. Watson scored three of St. Paul's momentum-shifting goals. He finished with a game-high six goals and one assist.
St. Paul's (12-0, 10-0) widened the margin to 13-5 early in the second half on a pair of unassisted goals by senior attackman Rob Bouse and single goals by midfielders Jeff Pacy and Brad Read.
Severn (9-5, 5-5), which got five goals and an assist from Johns Hopkins-bound Milford Marchant, pulled within four at the 6:08 mark of the fourth quarter. But a pair of goals by Watson down the stretch were costly to the Admirals.
Bouse, Tim Whiteley and Joe Gelbard scored two goals each for the Crusaders, while keeper Tom Keratzes finished the day with 11 saves.
Severn's other multigoal scorers were Jason Wade with three goals and two assists, and seniors T. D. Albright and Todd Muendel with two goals and one assist each.
"We didn't want to get into a transition game with them," said Severn coach Rob White. "We wanted to slow things down, but once we got down like that, we had to go after them."