No. 4 St. Mary's stops No. 5 St. Paul's, 10-4

March 25, 1995|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

For a team that graduated players responsible for 70 percent of its goals last season, St. Mary's didn't look short of scoring power in yesterday's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference opener at St. Paul's.

No. 4 St. Mary's scored early in the first quarter and often in the fourth en route to a 10-4 victory over the fifth-ranked Crusaders in Brooklandville.

Senior midfielder Justin Bowman took over where former Saints Todd Vizcarrondo (Loyola) and Matt Clune (Towson State) left off, scoring five goals and assisting on another.

"We wanted to prove that just because we lost some people JTC from last year's team, doesn't mean we can't still play," said Bowman, who had three goals in the first half that ended with the Saints ahead, 4-2. "A lot of people think that all of our offensive power went, but we showed that we still have some players."

Dan Collins, an attackman who started last season when the Saints lost to Gilman in the championship game, had two goals and an assist, and fellow senior Ryan Beard chipped in a goal and an assist.

Bowman got the Saints on the board exactly 100 seconds into the game when he dodged a defender and put a shot past St. Paul's goalie David Staples (six saves).

St. Mary's went up 2-0 with 1:53 left in the first quarter when senior Myles Conway converted a pass from Beard.

Bowman scored again 47 seconds into the second quarter and the Saints enjoyed a three-goal lead until senior attackman Tucker Radebaugh put the Crusaders on the board with an unassisted extra-man goal set up by defender Jon Frain, who stole a casual pass near the top of his box.

Radebaugh cut the lead to one on a feed from Rob Uhlig with 3:05 left in the half, but Bowman answered by taking the ball nearly the length of the field and scoring the unassisted goal with Radebaugh on his hip on the whole way.

"I thought we controlled the ball pretty well in the first half and I was happy about that and I was very pleased in the second half with how we played once the game got close again," said Saints coach Jim Moorhead. "Our whole team defense played well, and I was glad to see us keep our poise."

The Crusaders pulled to within 4-3 early in the second half when Chris Kak scored on an assist from Uhlig, but Bowman answered again, this time by scooping up a loose ball in front of the crease and shooting it past Rich Yost, who started in goal for St. Paul's the second half and made four saves.

St. Mary's goalie Pete Grimm didn't make a save in the first half, but the senior came through with four second-half saves.

St. Paul's (1-1), which needed to score six goals in the fourth quarter to defeat Centennial, 13-12, Tuesday, could do little to stop the Saints in yesterday's final eight minutes.

St. Mary's (1-0) scored four straight goals and led 9-3 with less than four minutes left after a goal by sophomore Jamison Mullen.

"Our youth really showed itself today," said St. Paul's first-year coach Rick Brocato, who served as assistant coach to Mitch Whiteley. "We have a lot of freshmen, sophomores and juniors who haven't played at this level. The core of our team did our scoring, and our defense played well for three quarters before the flood gates opened."

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