Mt. de Sales tries on favorite role against St. Mary's

April 17, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

Mount de Sales coach Bill Held will find himself in an unusual position today when he leads his fourth-ranked lacrosse team into the final of the eighth annual Friendship Tournament against St. Mary's.

The role of favorite.

The Sailors, who have posted upset wins against the higher-ranked Saints in each of the past two seasons, today will be expected to beat No. 8 St. Mary's in the tournament finale at 3 p.m.

But Held isn't taking anything for granted.

"All it takes is for one attackman to step up and take control of the game," said Held. "We can't take anybody for granted."

Both finalists enjoyed blowout victories in yesterday's semifinals.

Mount de Sales (14-0) took an 11-0 lead at the half before rolling to a 17-1 win over the Institute of Notre Dame.

St. Mary's (7-2) then scored its second lopsided win in two weeks over Archbishop Spalding, defeating the Cavaliers, 18-4.

Both teams used the opportunity to work on various aspects of their games.

"We didn't want to work on too much because we knew Mount de Sales was watching," said Saints coach Tina Lewnes.

"Basically, we'll try to stick to our normal game plan. [The Sailors] play tight on the inside, so we'll have to work on getting the ball in."

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