St. Paul's and host Calvert Hall each found different ways to win at the Spring Fling lacrosse tournament yesterday.
John Solter boosted No. 3 St. Paul's struggling offense with three goals and one assist, and the Crusaders' defense kept No. 12 Dulaney quiet for most of the game on the way to a 7-1 victory.
No. 11 Calvert Hall played a strong all-around game, stifling No. 12 Perry Hall's offense, and getting three goals from Ryan Lachowicz and three assists from Tim Kowalawski in a 7-3 victory in the final game of the tournament that donated its proceeds to the Larry Wineke Heart Fund.
St. Paul's (4-1) had problems on offense most of the game. Much of that can be traced to the absence of attackman Tucker Radebaugh. The junior sprained his ankle in Thursday's victory over Perry Hall.
"We were just out of sync offensively," said St. Paul's coach Mitch Whiteley. "[Several] of the offensive things just weren't going right."
But Solter made several things go right. The senior attackman broke the ice for St. Paul's with the game's first goal 1:57 into the second period. Billy Ruhl and Chris Berrier also scored in the period -- both assisted by Jamie Pollack for a 3-0 halftime
lead. Solter added two goals in the second half for a 5-0 lead.
"We were going to the goal, that's not our game," said Solter. "Our game is pass it around and bang, bang, bang, it's in the goal."
St. Paul's defense also did well, limiting Dulaney (1-2) to a Matt Steil goal in the fourth quarter. The Lions rarely had a good chance to score.
Dulaney coach Gary Schreiber liked the way his team played, especially on defense. The Lions slowed the pace, kept things settled on offense and did not let St. Paul's run.
Defense was a big key for Calvert Hall (3-2) in its win over Perry Hall. The Cardinals kept the high-scoring Gators quiet for long stretches. Nick Cowan put Perry Hall (2-2) up, 1-0, with an extra-man goal with 4:12 left in the first quarter.
The Gators then went scoreless for 13:38 and fell behind for the rest of the game.