J. Carroll ends with a perfect 'B'

May 21, 1994|By Marc Bouchard | Marc Bouchard,Special to The Sun

It's always nice coming home, especially when they hand you a trophy when you get there.

John Carroll returned home yesterday with a 7-0 rout of Friends at UMBC Stadium for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title.

The win completed a perfect B Conference season for the Patriots, who had played the past two years in the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference.

"It feels tremendous, much better than the last two years," said John Carroll coach Boo Smith, whose Patriots had won four straight B Conference titles before moving up. "It was a tough couple of years, but we gained a lot of experience.

"That experience especially helped our defense."

That defense, led by seniors David Rosso and Ed Park and junior Adam Parris, held Friends to six shots in the game, and only one in the second half.

"Our goalie [senior Kevin Steever] started as a sophomore [the first year in the A Conference] behind an inexperienced defense," said Smith. "They paid their dues and learned a lot."

The Patriots' offense also seemed to benefit from the past two years.

Led by seniors Tony Coatsolonia and Mike Cooperstein, John Carroll built a 3-0 lead at halftime and scored three goals in a six-minute span in the third quarter.

Coatsolonia finished with three goals and two assists. Cooperstein had two goals and an assist.

"I couldn't be happier," said Coatsolonia, who will attend Washington College in the fall. "That time in the A Conference obviously got us to where we are now.

"I had a great time in the 'A,' but an even better time in the 'B.' "

John Carroll (12-3) beat Friends (9-6) twice during the regular season, 5-0, 10 days ago, and 4-3 on April 21.

"They're clearly the best team," said Friends coach Jon Garman. "They're still the team to beat in the B Conference, as they always have been.

"They're an experienced bunch and it showed today."

Experience is something that Friends could have used yesterday.

The Quakers graduated eight players from last year's B Conference championship team, and their top scorer, Adam Dougherty, went down with an injury last month.

"I'm thrilled for the kids that we got here, because they worked very hard," said Garman. "I'm just sorry we didn't put on a better performance.

"If we lose, we lose, but I was hoping we'd play harder and smarter."

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