North County beats DeMatha for tournament crown, 8-2

April 11, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

North County showed yesterday that it will not tolerate mistakes -- especially those made by the opposition.

Taking advantage of just about every DeMatha miscue in the first half, the Knights rolled to an 8-2 victory in the finals of the North County boys lacrosse tournament.

Any time the Stags (2-4) put the ball on the ground or made a sloppy pass, the ninth-ranked Knights (5-0) capitalized. And two man-down situations for DeMatha in the second quarter turned into two more North County goals.

"To be good, we have to capitalize on those," said coach Paul Shea, whose team has won all three North County tournaments, including a victory over DeMatha in last year's finals.

North County sophomore Matt Collins intercepted a pass behind DeMatha's net and scored to give his team a 1-0 lead at 1:20.

And that was only the beginning.

Collins picked up a ground ball after the Stags had lost possession and dished to Andy Mocarsky, who fed Greg Sabo for North County's second goal at 3:19.

Collins' next shot was deflected by DeMatha sophomore goalkeeper Eric Jorgenson (eight saves). But when the Stags failed to clear the ball, Collins made good on his second chance when he circled the net and scored for a 3-0 lead.

North County's Brian Betz was called for slashing and had to serve a one-minute penalty, but DeMatha never got off a shot. Instead, Knights senior goalkeeper Chris Labosky (six saves) picked off another errant pass, and Collins scored his third goal after rebounding a shot from teammate Mark Collins that hit the left post.

When North County senior Lauren Reich converted a pass from Matt Collins with 2:00 left, his team had a 5-0 lead, a 9-1 edge in shots, and control of the game.

"We played a lot better," said Shea, who was upset with North County's effort in a 6-3 semifinal win over Archbishop Spalding. "We moved the ball, and we moved without the ball better than we had.

"We've got a long season ahead of us, and we have a long way to go to get where we want to get, but I'm seeing a little improvement each game."

Mark Collins and Sabo netted man-advantage goals in the second quarter, stretching the lead to 7-0. The second goal came with 10 seconds left.

Sabo completed his hat trick when he scored off a pass from Mocarsky early in the fourth quarter, and DeMatha freshmen Andy Beal and Kevin Grace scored in the final 3:47.

Sabo and Mocarsky were named the tournament's co-Most Valuable Players.

In the consolation game, senior Dan Wolf scored five goals and assisted on another, and junior Anthony Mattera had four goals and three assists, to lead Spalding past North Carroll, 13-3.

Sophomore Steve Shaffer scored twice for the Cavaliers (4-3), who broke a 1-1 tie with five goals in the second quarter. Senior Brian Zemanick and sophomore Paul Menges each had one goal.

Junior goalkeeper Steve Windsor made 10 saves.

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