St. Mary's bounces back, brushes aside McDonogh

March 30, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

They began this season with dreams of tearing through their schedule, finishing with an unblemished record and capturing their second straight conference championship.

But for the top-ranked St. Mary's Saints, Friday's devastating 9-8 loss to No. 3 St. Paul's changed all that.

Yesterday, in their first game back, the Saints traveled to McDonogh for a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference tussle, determined to play better team ball and regain some of their lost confidence.

And with a 13-0 win, St. Mary's did just that.

Just how badly did coach Jim Moorhead's team need the lopsided win?

"I think it was a necessity," said Moorhead. "The kids were definitely very disappointed [after the loss]. We showed that we could be beat. I feel it was certainly important for us to come back the way we did."

Moorhead said his team especially concentrated on doing the dTC things it didn't do very well against St. Paul's, with communicating on the field by far the top item on the list.

"We talked a lot more out there today," he said. "That's something that we just didn't do against St. Paul's, and it really hurt us."

But the Saints (2-1 overall, 1-1 in the conference) were certainly more than all talk.

They outshot the Eagles, 27-7, winning the majority of ground balls and seldom giving McDonogh (2-4, 0-2) the opportunity to handle the ball.

"We wanted to come out and execute, especially on things we didn't do during the St. Paul's game," said attackman Matt Clune, the 1993 Anne Arundel County Player of the Year, who had two goals and an assist. "I think we did that today."

Clune, along with midfielder Todd Vizcarrondo (three goals) and attackman Dan Collins (a goal and five assists), also helped the Saints do something else that they failed to do on Friday -- take advantage of good scoring opportunities.

Also chipping in with goals were attackmen Greg Carobrese (two), Mike Wilson (two) and Kevin Gattie, and midfielders Ryan Beard and George McNelly.

For McDonogh, trying to match up with the older and more experienced Saints was a losing battle. After holding the explosive Saints' offense in check early, and trailing, 2-0, after the first quarter, the Eagles began to dig themselves a hole.

First, a slashing penalty put the Saints a man up to start the second quarter, and Vizcarrondo scored to make it 3-0 just 12 seconds later. From there, St. Mary's scored three more times in the quarter to open a 6-0 lead by halftime.

For St. Mary's players, it was clear that last week's loss only served to intensify their desire to win.

"We've got to just bounce back and learn from it," said Clune. "If we don't, we don't deserve to be ranked."

Vizcarrondo, however, may have summed up the importance of the victory best: "This was just really good for us," he said. "We needed it."

With games scheduled later this week against ninth-ranked Broadneck and always tough Annapolis in the Al Laramore Tournament, the Saints just needed a boost.

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