Clune's feeding frenzy fires Saints

April 06, 1994|By Marc Bouchard | Marc Bouchard,Special to The Sun

St. Mary's senior attackman Matt Clune says he likes setting )) up his fellow Saints for easy goals.

Yesterday at Calvert Hall was no exception.

Clune's five assists led the fourth-ranked Saints over the No. 7 Cardinals, 10-7, in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association Conference game.

"I like working with the guys on my team, and I like feeding," said Clune, who also scored two goals. "I think we have a good offense, and it worked well today."

St. Mary's needed every bit of that offense to hold off a stubborn Calvert Hall squad.

The Cardinals (3-1 overall, 1-1 in the MIAA) gave last year's MSA champions all they could handle for most of the first half, forcing a 2-2 tie with 2:56 left in the second quarter on a goal by junior Ryan Lachowicz.

But the Saints (5-1, 2-1) scored two goals -- one by senior midfielder Todd Viczarrondo, the other by Clune -- in the final 43 seconds of the quarter to take a 4-2 lead into halftime.

St. Mary's then scored the first two goals of the third quarter to build a 6-2 lead with 5:30 left.

"I think that was important -- to get a couple of quick ones," said St. Mary's coach Jim Moorhead. "But Calvert Hall just kept coming back."

Calvert Hall answered the St. Mary's run with two scores, pulling to within 6-4 on an extra-man goal by Greg Patchak with 2:31 left in the quarter.

But St. Mary's again owned the closing seconds of the period, as Clune fed junior attackman Dan Collins twice in the final 39 seconds to return the margin to four goals at 8-4.

The final quarter opened with Clune finding senior midfielder Matt Callaghan, who gave St. Mary's its biggest lead, 9-4, with 9:07 remaining.

Calvert Hall's Jerry Schiavino answered 50 seconds later, but Clune scored with 4:03 left to push the Saints' lead back to five goals.

The Cardinals scored two goals in eight seconds to get within 10-7 with 1:58 left, but were unable to cut the deficit any further.

"I asked them to hang in there regardless of what the score was," said Calvert Hall coach Mike Thomas. "We were playing a superior team, but I think it's important that we have pride in our program and play as hard as we can. I think we did that."

Moorhead also was impressed with the Cardinals' effort.

"We played well, and we had to play well to beat them," he said. "[As the season goes on] they'll be tough . . . a lot tougher than people think."

Junior attackman Steve Preis led the Cardinals with two goals.

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