Cardinals' defense shuts down St. Paul's

April 20, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

Few observers gave No. 6 Calvert Hall a chance at No. 2 St. Paul's yesterday.

After all, the Cardinals had absorbed Friday's 11-2 hammering from top-ranked Gilman, which in turn had narrowly edged St. Paul's, 10-8, in an earlier game.

But in another surprising twist in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association lacrosse play, the Cardinals (5-5) defeated the Crusaders (6-3) by a score of 5-4.

Huge efforts from keeper Strider Dickson (15 saves) and the offensive prowess of top scorers Ryan Lachowicz and Steve Preis were enough to take the Cardinals over the top.

Lachowicz, (three goals), Preis (two) and midfielder Chris Nohe, who single-handedly won six of nine faceoffs, staked the Cardinals to leads of 3-0 early in the second quarter and, 5-2 to start the fourth.

"Our offense scored enough goals to win, but our defense played incredibly," said Dickson. "Joe Periello did a great job on Tucker Radebaugh, shutting down their best weapon. Austin Sailor and Mike Mullahey played great, too."

When the Crusaders got past the Cardinal defense, however, Dickson was there.

The keeper thwarted point-blank attempts by top scorers Radebaugh, (12 goals, 23 assists), Jamie Pollock (19, six) and John Solter. (14, 7).

Radebaugh and Solter each scored a goal and an assist. Pollock and Billy Ruhl scored once each.

"Strider's been playing unbelievably all season," said coach Mike Thomas, whose Cardinals start one senior on offense.

"Offensively, we're very inexperienced, so we count on the defense, which came through today."

The Crusaders also were slowed by seven penalties.

Those included four infractions in a third period in which Lachowicz scored the Cardinals' final goal on a man-advantage with 36 seconds left.

For a minute of the third quarter, the Crusaders faced a two-man disadvantage.

"On any given day, any team can win in this league," said Lachowicz.

"Gilman was a tough loss, but we hung in today and got the goals we needed."

Dickson stopped five of the Crusaders' seven close-range shots in the fourth period.

"Their keeper made a number of big saves, but if you hold a team to five goals, you should win," said St. Paul's coach Mitch Whiteley.

St. Paul's will play at home against No. 4 Loyola on Saturday. Loyola defeated Gilman yesterday 8-5.

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