A different John Carroll lacrosse team takes over first place

May 01, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

There are two major differences between the John Carroll boys lacrosse teams of several years ago, and the current one: the scoring margins are a lot different and the Patriots are in first place in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference.

In earlier times, John Carroll was in the high-powered A Conference, and took its lumps by some lopsided margins.

"Actually, I'm disappointed in our scores," said coach Boo Smith of his 6-3 team. "I was looking for a greater gap instead of winning by one or two goals, but all the teams in the conference have great defenses."

Including his, where a defense anchored by seniors Ed Parks and Dave Rosso, and junior Adam Parris, plus senior goalkeeper Kevin Stever have been shutting down opposing attacks. John Carroll has not allowed an opponent more than four goals since a season-opening loss to Boys' Latin.

Among those was a four-overtime 4-3 defeat by McDonogh. Three other solid players are midfielders Andrew Tapley, Mike Boyle, and Owen Smith.

Senior Tony Coatsolonia (two goals, four assists in a 13-3 win over Cardinal Gibbons Friday) is the team's leading scorer.

"Senior attack Mike Cooperstein has been a pleasant surprise after not playing last year," coach Smith said. Cooperstein had two goals against both McDonogh and Gibbons.

* The John Carroll baseball team (7-3) had a six-game winning streak snapped last Monday at Havre de Grace, then bounced back at Aberdeen Friday. Matt DeCapite pitched the distance, scattering four hits, and Ted Boecher and Brian Vollmer homered in the 12-2 contest.

Aberdeen

During the first two weeks of the baseball season, the Eagle team was doing well afield, but the bats were relatively quiet. More recently, the hitting came around and the good fielding departed.

With his pitching staff depleted, coach Stu Hinch told senior starter Steve James he would have to go all the way against C. Milton Wright last Wednesday.

So the bats drummed four Mustangs pitchers for 14 hits (seven for extra bases), and James (3-2) survived a four-run seventh inning to claim a 16-7 victory.

It marked the first time Aberdeen had beaten Wright in at least seven years, and coupled with an earlier 4-2 decision over Bel Air, produced two wins against non-Route 40 teams for the first time in at least five seasons.

"In the last six games, I've had four players hitting better than .500 -- Dave Thompson, Jason Smith, Eric Sohl, and Greg Zimmerman," Hinch said.

Joppatowne

The Mariner baseball team is down to 13 players, but coach Al Zelinski admits the team's 7-3 record is better than anticipated. "Our defense has been solid and that's what has been holding us together," he said.

Juniors Chuck Macek and Mike Durdock are batting in the .500 neighborhood, and sophomore pitcher/first baseman Sam Button has been a complete surprise. The transfer from Georgia is 3-0, with 23 strikeouts. As a hitter, he has driven in 11 runs.

"We've been pitching by committee, using several players to get through each game," Zelinski said.

Harford Tech

The Cobra boys lacrosse team, jump-started after a lapse of some 10 years, finished its season on a high note Thursday, beating visiting Sparrows Point, 5-4. Jeremy Adams broke a 4-4 third-period tie when he scored the winning goal off a feed from Adam Stallings.

Of his 1-4 squad, which started with 22 players and was down to 13-14 by the end, coach Tom Nelson said, "There were a lot of positives. The players were tremendous, especially with their attitude and their desire to learn."

The team had only two seniors, co-captains Jeff Thomas, a midfielder who provided a steadying influence, and Tim Ridgely, a 230-pound defenseman who had some bone-crushing play.

Stallings started the season in goal, but was moved to the field, and Justin Codd dropped back from midfield to the goal, where he did a good job. Against Sparrows Point, juniors Eric Dowell and speedster Chris Rogers were particularly impressive.

Junior Richie Grace, an attackman who likes to hit, and, who like most of the players, was introduced to the game this spring, had two goals and an assist in the final game. "I'm already looking to next year," he said. "We'll be better."

Havre de Grace

In the boys track meet with Aberdeen and Bel Air, Mike Woods won the 100-meter dash (11.0 seconds) and 220 (22.8); the 400 and 1,600 relay teams placed second; and Mike Gibson got a second in the triple jump (39-6) and a third in the long jump (19-1 1/2 ).

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