No. 1 St. Mary's upset by No. 3 St. Paul's, 9-8

March 26, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

No. 3 St. Paul's shrugged off a rash of penalties and an early three-goal deficit before defeating top-seeded St. Mary's, 9-8, in yesterday's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A 0` Conference opener at Weems Whalen Field in Annapolis.

Senior attackman Jamie Pollock led the way for the Crusaders with three goals and two assists, followed by John Solter with one goal and three assists and junior Tucker Radebaugh with two goals and one assist.

St. Paul's senior midfielder Billy Ruhl tallied two goals, including the unassisted game-winner with 48 seconds remaining.

"The rumor around town is that St. Mary's is the team to beat," Ruhl said. "We knew if we came down here and gave it our all, we could beat them and we did."

The Crusaders (1-0, 1-0), who captured back-to-back Maryland Scholastic Association titles in 1991 and 1992 before St. Mary's won last season, trailed 3-0 in the first quarter after unassisted goals by Matt Clune and Todd Vizcarrondo and another by Tassos Sfondouris, assisted by Dan Collins.

Pollock scored first for St. Paul's 32 seconds into the second quarter on a feed from Solter.

Pollock's second and third goals tied the score with 3:41 left in the period and his behind-the-net assist to sophomore midfielder Chris Berrier gave the Crusaders a 4-3 lead at the half.

St. Mary's (1-1, 0-1) took advantage of two of the Crusaders' nine penalties and took a 5-4 lead with 6:36 remaining in the third quarter after unassisted extra-man goals by Collins and junior midfielder Ryan Beard.

Radebaugh tied the score at 5 off a feed from Solter, but Clune (three goals) scored another extra-man goal to put the Saints ahead 6-5 with 2:54 left in the third.

"St. Mary's killed us on extra-man," St. Paul's coach Mitch Whiteley said. "You give them the ball with their shooters and they're going to kill you. They're an excellent team, but without the man-down we would have been OK."

Radebaugh took advantage of a extra-man opportunity and tied the score at 6 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Saints struck first in the fourth on an unassisted goal by Clune, but the Crusaders' Ruhl scored twice and Solter scored down the stretch.

St. Paul's goalie Sean Keenan made 14 saves, and Saints goalie Jim Brown had 13 saves.

"Good teams take advantage of unsettled opportunities, and we had several and we didn't score," said Saints veteran coach Jim Moorhead, whose team held a 26-23 advantage in shots. "We had several pure fast breaks off of faceoffs, and we didn't cash in.

"It hurts to lose and the players are disappointed, but I've been around long enough to know that if you get too high after a win, that can come back to haunt you, and if you get too low after a loss, you might never get yourself out of it, so hopefully we'll get better and improve as a team."

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