St. Mary's handles Calvert Hall No. 12 Saints rip No. 10 Cards, 9-2 Boys lacrosse

April 03, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

The St. Mary's boys lacrosse team made a believer out of Calvert Hall coach Mike Thomas after defeating his 10th-ranked Cardinals, 9-2, in a muddy Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference matchup yesterday in Towson.

"I see St. Mary's in the running for the championship," Thomas said after watching his team drop to 1-2 overall, 0-2 in the conference. "They're strong, physical, big, well-coached, [with] great stick work. I don't see a weakness. Our inexperience is just really showing up against these teams that know what they're doing."

No. 12 St. Mary's (4-0, 3-0) dominated the first half and outshot the hosts 14-3, but led by only 2-1 at halftime.

The Cardinals trudged through the slop and scored first with 2:14 left in the opening quarter on a goal by sophomore Stephen Preis.

The Saints closed the first-quarter scoring with two unassisted goals by junior midfielder Todd Vizcarrondo. On both of his goals, Vizcarrondo split two Calvert Hall defenders and rifled the ball into the upper left corner of the net.

Calvert Hall had a couple of opportunities to tie the score in the scoreless second quarter, but Peter Hilgartne lost a one-on-one battle with Saints goalie Jim Brown (five saves), and Preis' shot caught the pipe at the 3:57 mark.

"I don't think we shot particularly well in the first half, but any time you can beat Calvert Hall up here you've done something right," said St. Mary's coach Jim Moorhead. "In the second half, we controlled the ball a little more and took better shots."

St. Mary's, which won nine of 14 faceoffs, continued to rule the midfield in the second half, resulting in more shots on goal. The Saints made the most of their opportunities, adding four third-quarter goals to take a 6-1 lead into the final 10-minute period.

"We never had the ball," said Thomas, explaining his team's second- and third-quarter scoring drought. "They beat us in the midfield. We could not get the ball in the midfield. They got all the ground balls. Heck, most of the time they just pushed us aside and picked up the ball."

When the Saints weren't getting the job done offensively with Matt Clune picking up three goals and three assists and Dan Collins adding two goals, they were making waves with their defense.

St. Mary's stingy six defensemen Steve Schummer, Peter Rowan, Joe Keenan, Ryan Hughes, Chris Cannella and Thad Schmidt limited Calvert Hall to three shots in the first half and only five in the second. Even if the Cardinals had converted on every one of their shots, they still would have come up a goal short.

"The guys are really playing well as a team," said Saints veteran defensive coordinator Mike Codd, who has seen his unit yield just two goals in each of its three conference games.

"They're not giving teams a lot of shots because the offense is doing a good job controlling the ball and when they get down here on defense they're not giving them many shots, and when they do, Jimmy Brown is there to make the save.

"That's what a team is all about. Both sides have to help each other.

"You could have the greatest defense in the world, but if they're playing defense all the time, the offense is eventually going to score against them."

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