St. Joe scores big in opener

March 23, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

Minus his leading scorer from last season, Mount St. Joseph lacrosse coach Drew Bowden is worried about finding a new "go-to guy."

He didn't need one yesterday.

With five different players scoring and another getting two assists, No. 8 Mount St. Joseph rolled past No. 7 Severn, 8-1, on Xaverian Field in the Gaels' season opener.

Senior attackers Bo Schrott and Matt Hipszer scored three and two goals, respectively. Mark LaChapelle, Jason Newman and Rob LaNove added one apiece, and sophomore Jason Born made seven saves.

Schrott and Hipszer each scored 25 goals last year, but they played secondary roles to All-Metro attacker and faceoff specialist Maury LaPointe (21 goals, 36 assists), now at Anne Arundel Community College.

Where does his departure, along with the loss of starting goalkeeper Sean Gaiser, leave the Gaels?

Judging by yesterday's result, perhaps better off than anticipated.

"Today, a lot of guys carried the load and did their part, and that's what we need each and every game," Bowden said. "[Schrott and Hipszer] are what I call finishers. If you get them the ball, they'll stick it. But everybody would agree that those aren't the guys you give the ball to and say, 'Go create some

offense.' We're trying to spread that load around."

The Gaels took control early, scoring at 2:13 when Hipszer picked up a loose ball in front of the crease. Hipszer scored again with 4:16 left, and Schrott converted a pass from LaNove 18 seconds later, giving the hosts a 3-0 lead after one quarter.

Severn retaliated at 4:33 of the second quarter on a man-advantage goal by Josh Sims, but LaNove raced in, spun and scored just 10 seconds later. Jason Newman added an unassisted goal for a 5-1 halftime lead.

Schrott scored twice in the second half off of passes from Josh Hochstra, and LaChapelle notched an unassisted goal, making the Gaels' 1994 debut a success.

"I thought the kids played very hard, which is the first and most important thing," Bowden said. "I hope to see, as the year goes on, that we're a little more composed and that our stick skills and shooting skills improve some. But the effort was there and

defensively we played real well."

Mike Hardy collected 10 saves for the Admirals (0-2), who began the season with a 13-9 loss to St. Albans on Saturday.

In that game, senior Tod Winchester, who handles most of the faceoffs, injured his knee and isn't expected back until next week.

Junior attacker Dave Pizzi also is sidelined with a knee injury and probably won't return until next week. Defender Scott Singleton was lost for the season with a back injury suffered while playing football.

"That has nothing to do with this loss," said coach Mike Burnett, whose team was outshot, 28-15. "They killed us on ground balls [45-32]. They played with emotion and we didn't. You can't show up and play in this league without any intensity."

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