McDonogh holds on, tops Friends, 8-5

April 06, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

With a 5-0 lead entering the second half of yesterday's boys lacrosse game against visiting Friends, it seemed McDonogh's Eagles -- like the harsh, cold wind -- would blow by the Quakers.

Instead, the Eagles (2-4) held on for an 8-5 non-league victory, but not before their egos -- and four third-quarter penalties -- allowed the Quakers (1-1) back into the game.

"We got a little cocky and started to lose our slides," said senior midfielder Damian Schreiber, who led an Eagles' defense that shut down Spencer Deering, last year's conference Player of the Year, in the first half.

Capitalizing on only two of the Eagles' third-period infractions hurt the Quakers, last year's Maryland Scholastic Association BB Conference champs with an 11-3 record, but Friends coach Jon Garmen said, "McDonogh was clearly the better team today."

McDonogh's Andy Devlin and Adam Dougherty teamed up in the man-advantage situations, with Dougherty feeding Devlin and Devlin later returning the favor to bring the Quakers within 6-2 with 3:07 left before the final period.

It was 6-3 with 1:27 remaining in the third after Deering, who is headed for the University of North Carolina -- broke loose for an unassisted tally, his first of two goals.

Todd Markin gave the Eagles a 7-3 lead with nine seconds left in the third, but the Quakers opened the final period with goals from Max Everett and Deering to remain within striking distance, 7-5.

"We relaxed too much and let them back into the game," said Markin, who has nine points (six goals, three assists) this season. Rob Allen (seven, two) scored the game's final goal on a pass from sophomore Rob LeNoue with 4:07 left.

"After our last goal, we picked it up again and started playing our game on D," said Schreiber, who got help from defensemen Travis Allen, Chris Tully, David Kaiser and the Layden brothers, Tom and Mike.

Keeper Arthur Chen (nine saves) also thwarted the Quakers.

The Eagles, in only their second season of MSA A Conference play, had lost their previous games to top-ranked St. Paul's, No. 2 Gilman, No. 3 Loyola and No. 15 Severn after a season-opening 10-8 win over DeMatha.

"Because they play better competition, McDonogh was ready to play and we weren't," said Garmen, whose team was ranked 15th in the preseason.

"This shows our team that nobody's going to roll over and die for us because we had some preseason publicity," Garmen said. "We've got to work harder."

McDonogh led only 1-0, entering the second quarter after Markin scored the first of his four goals on an assist from Steve Shin with 5:08 left in the first.

But the Quakers were handicapped to start the second period, as McDonogh scored twice during a three-minute, man-advantage penalty against faceoff specialist Dave Elliott (illegal stick).

It was 3-0, with 8:58 left in the half after Dayton Miller fed LeNoue and LeNoue dished to Markin, who stormed in from the left of keeper Mike Fine (four saves) for a 3-0 lead at 9:44. The Eagles then stepped up the attack, as Miller-to-LeNoue made it 4-0 with 6:57 left, followed by LeNoue-to-Markin at 2:33 for 5-0.

McDonogh's Rob Seidel had a 9-7 advantage in faceoffs against Elliott for the game and McDonogh had a 14-5 advantage in first-half shots (26-20 for the game).

"This is a big confidence boost after going up against the competition we'll see every week," said LeNoue. "We're not the best in our league, but we're better than a lot of area teams."

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