St. Joe's Gaiser stops Calvert Hall, 7-5 Boys lacrosse

April 08, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

Keep your eye on the ball.

According to Sean Gaiser, if you want to be a successful goalie, that's the one thing you'll have to do well.

It's a philosophy that has earned the Mount St. Joseph senior status as one of the area's top keepers, as well as a spot on next season's Loyola College roster.

Yesterday, against 10th-ranked and visiting Calvert Hall, Gaiser's attentive eye and lightning quick reflexes made the difference in the No. 12 Gaels' 7-5 Maryland Scholastic Association Armstrong Conference Division II win.

The goalie made 20 saves, stopping nearly everything the Cardinals fired at him, and held them scoreless for the first 26:25.

Though St. Joe was outshot, 37-20, it led the entire way, holding a margin of three goals or more until late in the game.

"He's a great goalie," said St. Joe coach Drew Bowden. "You look up at the scoreboard and see you're only up by three with 10 minutes left, and you start to worry a little. Then you remember who's back there, and you relax because you know they're going to have to work hard to put it past him."

Though the Cardinals (2-3 overall, 0-3 in the division) scored two

late goals to narrow the margin, Gaiser said they couldn't dampen his performance.

"I'd have to say this was my best game of the year," said Bowden. "The defense played well, and made them take the outside shot, which is what we wanted them to do. Then it's just a matter of watching the stick and keeping your eye on the ball."

The Gaels (3-1, 2-1) led from the start, as Bo Schrott fed Maury LaPointe in front 3:16 into the game to give St. Joe a 1-0 lead. The pair combined for goals three more times, including twice within five seconds midway through the first quarter, to give their team a 7-4 lead late in the fourth quarter.

Schrott finished with four goals and an assist, and LaPointe had a goal and three assists.

Schrott said that Gaiser in goal was a big reason for Calvert Hall's offensive success.

"He's great at setting up the break," said Schrott. "He's a great clear-maker. He also helps us settle down on offense. With him in goal, we know we'll be in the game."

Last year, the Gaels scored just seven goals in a pair of losses to the Cardinals. This time, however, an improved offense and better zone defense helped Gaiser use his talents in goal.

"That's the best goalie I've seen," said Calvert Hall coach Mike Thomas. "If there's one better, I haven't seen him yet. He stopped everything we threw at him.

"He was phenomenal."

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