N. County holds off Spalding, 6-3 Boys lacrosse

April 09, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

North County coach Paul Shea still is waiting for his team to play four quarters of lacrosse this season.

The first two quarters that the Knights gave Shea yesterday were enough to move them to the final of the North County tournament.

The Knights, ranked ninth in the metro area, scored six times in the first half and held on to defeat Archbishop Spalding, 6-3.

Seniors Andy Mocarsky and Greg Sabo had two goals and two assists each for North County (4-0), which will meet DeMatha (2-3) in the championship game at 11 a.m. tomorrow. The Mustangs routed North Carroll, 13-4, in yesterday's other semifinal.

Senior Lauren Reich and sophomore Matt Collins each scored once for the Knights, who defeated DeMatha in last year's final.

Spalding's Dan Wolf (two goals) and Jeff Miller scored in the fourth quarter, leading Shea to label his team's play "absolutely horrendous."

"We weren't moving our feet, we weren't playing well, we were missing open men, missing assignments. Hopefully, it's something that can be corrected real soon, before we get into the meat of our schedule," Shea said.

For DeMatha to avenge last year's loss, it would have to do something Spalding (3-3) couldn't do in the first half -- disrupt North County's passing attack.

Every Knights goal was assisted, with most of the passes coming from behind the net. Cavaliers senior goalkeeper Keith Ramsey kept finding himself one-on-one and near a North County attackman, and he usually lost the battle.

"We've been able to do that in spurts this year," Shea said.

The Knights were without sophomore attackman Ian Stevenson, who dislocated his shoulder while scoring the winning goal against Chesapeake on Monday and will miss the tournament. His replacement, Collins, picked up the slack.

"Matt Collins has risen to the occasion before," Shea said, "and we were expecting him to do so again today."

North County didn't waste time establishing control, scoring twice in the first 1:26. Spalding had just two shots in the opening quarter, the first coming with 5:20 left.

The Cavaliers squandered two man-advantage situations in the third quarter, but they scored twice within 1:35 of the fourth. Wolf tallied his second goal with 30 seconds remaining.

ZTC "For us to go anywhere this season, we're going to have to play on a consistent basis for four straight quarters," Shea said. "We're not able to do that right now."

Like North County, DeMatha scored quickly in its game, taking a 2-0 lead before the Panthers' Grant Gibson scored at 5:40.

Davidsonville resident Mike Bonanni had both DeMatha goals in the quarter.

Bonanni scored again with 35 seconds left in the first half, after North Carroll junior Sam Seashole had brought his team (1-2) within 4-2 on a man-advantage goal.

Seashole scored again in the third quarter to make it 6-3, but DeMatha blew open the game with six straight goals.

Seashole added his third goal with 4:51 remaining.

Bonanni finished with four goals and three assists.

Frank Smollen (Riva) had two goals and an assist.

North Carroll junior goalkeeper Jake Albright made 16 saves before coming out late in the third quarter.

The Panthers and Spalding will meet in tomorrow's 9 a.m. consolation game.

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