Moorhead gets more from Saints 1993 ALL-METRO BOYS LACROSSE TEAM

June 05, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

To the casual observer, Jim Moorhead's behavior on the sidelines during a St. Mary's boys lacrosse game may seem a bit excessive.

To those who have spent countless hours with him -- such as senior midfielder Kevin Reichardt -- the ranting and raving is not only justifiable, but also apropos.

"He's just an intense person," said Reichardt, a four-year varsity player headed for the University of North Carolina. "Coach Moorhead is intense 24 hours a day, and that intensity carries over to the team.

"The more intense he gets, the more intense the team gets, and I think that intensity is what helped us stay focused down the stretch."

That intensity was most apparent in the Saints' final two playoff games, which saw them chop down No. 2 and two-time defending conference champ St. Paul's and No. 1 Loyola, respectively, en route to their first Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference championship.

"There was so much talk about how St. Mary's was the only team in the playoffs that would create no problems for anyone, and we sure proved that incorrect," said Moorhead, The Baltimore Sun's 1993 All-Metro Boys Lacrosse Coach of the Year.

"The kids wanted to win and they talked about being the first St. Mary's team to win the conference championship. It wasn't enough for them just to be in the championship game. They wanted to win it and they played with great emotion and desire, and they executed in every phase of the game."

After starting the season with six straight conference victories, St. Mary's went into what Moorhead described as a "slide," which threatened not only their playoff hopes, but also their mental outlook.

The Saints lost four of their next five games and hit bottom when they suffered a 7-6 overtime loss to struggling archrival Severn. To make matters worse, the Saints dropped an 8-6 decision to Boys' Latin before the start of the playoffs.

"We were losing for a while, but the kids pulled out of it and never lost their faith," said Moorhead, whose team finished the season 12-5.

"The team showed a lot of class during the slump. A lot of teams would have thought it was over, but they totally reversed the situation and rebounded and ended up beating two of the teams that beat us earlier in the year."

A 5-1 victory over the then-top-ranked Dons in the league finals at UMBC was made possible when the Saints upset the two-time defending conference champion Crusaders, 8-7, at St. Paul's.

"Everything has to fall into place to win the league championship," said Moorhead. "We just peaked at exactly the right time."

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