Calvert Hall nails Mount St. Joe, 10-3 BOYS LACROSSE

March 29, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

It took nearly three quarters for No. 7 Calvert Hall to do it, but once the Cardinals figured out junior goalie Jay Borne of No. 8 Mount St. Joseph, they buried him.

Steve English took an assist from Josh Hockstra to bring the Gaels within 4-3 just 45 seconds into the final period. But the visiting Cardinals (4-0, 2-0) responded with six unanswered goals, turning a tight, defensive struggle into a 10-3 rout of their Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference Division III rivals.

Calvert Hall, which led 4-1 at the half, began its barrage with 5:24 left in the game as attackman Alex Borcz converted his third goal unassisted for a 5-3 lead.

From there, the Cardinals continually exploited the zone defense of the Gaels (1-1, 1-1) as senior midfielders Ryan Lachowicz and Dave Federline followed with their second goals, and Jerry Schiavino tallied unassisted for an 8-3 advantage with 2:53 remaining.

"Until the fourth quarter, we were taking a lot of high shots, which was wrong. We spread their defense more in the end, though," said Borcz, who converted the only first-period goal with 3:53 left off a feed from Schiavino.

"We knew it would be tough getting past him, so we spent a lot of time practicing against our two left-handed keepers. He's [Borne] a good goalie, and he gave us some problems."

Borne (15 saves) cradled each of the Cardinals' eight third-quarter shots.

Three of those stops occurred with the Cardinals -- who out-shot the Gaels, 37-17 for the game -- enjoying a one-man penalty advantage, and one from point-blank range, came against senior veteran Steve Preis.

So it was the Cardinals' defense of Casey Connor, Eric Fifer, Adam Tremper and keeper Strider Dickson (eight saves) scattering the Gaels' chances on one end, and Borne's brilliant play keeping his team afloat on the other.

But you can't win if you don't have the ball. And the Gaels had few quality possessions, thanks to a glittering effort by Calvert Hall junior faceoff specialist Corey Comen.

Of the contest's 17 faceoffs, Cohen swiped the first nine and, overall, was responsible for 14 of the Cardinals' 15 possessions.

So dominant was Comen that Mount St. Joseph, which visits No. 1 Boys' Latin on Friday and No. 15 Mount Hebron on Saturday, didn't win a faceoff until the fourth period.

"They seemed to control every single ground ball and faceoff. Then they started sticking it [in the goal]," said Gaels coach Zack Szlasa. "But I think in the minds of our kids, this game's already forgotten. We've got some real scrappers on this team."

Off his next-to-last faceoff, Comen raced into the heart of the Gaels defense before feeding Preis for a 9-3 lead with 2:47 remaining.

"He just did a fantastic job today, coming through when we most needed him," said coach Mike Thomas, whose Cardinals visit No. 4 St. Mary's on Friday.

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