St. Paul's comes back, trips St. Joe, 7-5

April 13, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

Second-ranked St. Paul's fast-break offense was divided and conquered in Saturday's 10-8 loss to top-ranked, Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association lacrosse rival Gilman.

And in yesterday's nondivisional, 7-5 MIAA league victory at No. 9 Mount St. Joseph, the Crusaders (5-2) barely avoided a second straight setback.

The Crusaders trailed until tying the score at 4 with 5:31 left. St. Paul's faced deficits of 2-0 after one period, 2-1 at halftime, 3-1 early in the third quarter and 4-3 entering the fourth.

They were rescued by first cousins John Solter (two goals, one assist) and Jamie Pollack (two goals), who sparked a 4-0 run by the Crusaders -- including a 33-second, three-goal barrage.

It didn't end until the home-standing Gaels trailed, 7-4, with 2:58 left to play.

"We started out real slow and probably took them for granted," said Solter. "We didn't play well and we haven't all year. We had to scrap really hard to win today."

David Noterangelo fed Solter to cut the deficit to 3-2 with 6:55 left in the third period. The teams traded unassisted goals to close the quarter, the first coming from the Gaels' Jason Newman, who has nine goals and five assists, and the other coming from St. Paul's Jody Garliss.

In the fourth, Solter fed Pollack to tie the score, then tallied himself off a pass from Chris Berrier to give the Crusaders the lead for good.

Pollack's goal and an unassisted score by Brian Reese were enough to pad the win, but the Crusaders' attack fell short of coach Mitch Whiteley's standards.

"We're just not as good as we can be offensively," said Whiteley. "But the defense has played well all season."

Keeper Sean "Shorty" Keenan (nine saves) anchored an effort that held the Gaels scoreless on all three of their extra-man opportunities. In addition, the Crusaders shut out the Gaels' top finishers, Matt Hipzer (10 goals, one assists) and Bo Schrott (10 goals).

Sophomore Mark LaChapelle gave the Gaels a 2-0 lead, scoring first off Newman's pass, and then unassisted with three minutes left in the first period. LaChapelle (11 goals, two assists) didn't score again, however, until there was 2:50 left, making it 7-5, off a pass from Tony Lavin.

The Gaels' other goals came in the third period as Brian Cook put St. Joe up 3-1 off a feed from Josh Vicchio, and when Newman made it, 4-2.

St. Paul's Billy Ruhl scored a second-period goal.

"We were controlling the ball until the end," said LaChapelle. "We're a little inexperienced in these close games, but we think we can be there in the end."

The Gaels have lost similarly in overtime against No. 5 Boys' Latin, and in Saturday's 10-6 decision to No. 6 Calvert Hall that was tied, 2-2, after a quarter.

"We've been there before and keep getting closer and closer, which is the right direction," said Gaels coach Drew Bowden.

"We've fallen short of the little things, but at some point, we'll need to make that superhuman effort to get over the hump."

Super efforts were turned in by freshman defender Johnny Glatzel and sophomore keeper Jason Born (11 saves).

Glatzel limited the Crusaders' top attackman, Tucker Radebaugh, to two assists. Glatzel had five point-blank saves in the third period when the Gaels were out-shot, 9-4.

"Their goalie made a big difference," said Whiteley. "He came up huge and made some phenomenal saves."

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