St. Mary's ousts St. Paul's with 2nd-half rally, 6-4

May 11, 1994|By Marc Bouchard | Marc Bouchard,Special to The Sun

With his team holding a two-goal lead at halftime of yesterday's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference tournament quarterfinal, St. Paul's coach Mitch Whiteley issued a warning.

"St. Mary's has come back in the second half against a lot of teams this year," Whiteley told his team just before the start of the third quarter. "Don't let it happen to us."

Easier said than done.

The third-ranked and fourth-seeded Saints scored all four goals of the second half to leave Weems Whalen field with a 6-4 victory and a semifinal date with No. 1 Loyola Friday at 5 p.m. at UMBC Stadium.

Boys' Latin, a 6-4 winner over Calvert Hall yesterday, will play Gilman at 7 p.m. at UMBC in the other semifinal.

The winners of the two games will meet the next Friday at 7 p.m. at UMBC for the MIAA championship.

"At halftime, I told our kids that 20 minutes [the length of each half] is a long time," said St. Mary's coach Jim Moorhead, whose team trailed 4-2 at intermission.

The Saints (11-3) outshot the Crusaders 7-2 in the third quarter and scored three goals in a span of 1:14 to take a 5-4 lead with 31 seconds left in the period.

Senior midfielder Todd Vizcarrondo started the spree on a feed from senior attackman Kevin Gattie (three assists) for an extra-man goal with 1:45 left in the quarter.

The tying goal came 34 seconds later when junior midfielder Justin Bowman scooped a loose ball in front of the St. Paul's goal and stuffed it in the net before goalie Sean Keenan could react.

Junior attackman Dan Collins took a feed from Bowman 40 seconds later and bounced a shot past Keenan for the go-ahead goal.

"We changed our formation a little bit against their zone and started to hit some guys in the open seams," said Moorhead.

St. Mary's goalie Jim Brown (12 saves) stopped three point-blank shots in the fourth quarter when the Saints were protecting a one-goal lead.

The loss marked the final game for Whiteley as head coach at St. Paul's. The 42-year-old is retiring after six memorable seasons that included two Maryland Scholastic Association championships and a 35-game winning streak.

"I've been able to work with a lot of great kids and I've really enjoyed getting to know them," said Whiteley, reflecting on the past six years.

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