St. Paul's upends Gilman, 11-9

April 05, 1995|By Marc Bouchard | Marc Bouchard,Special to The Sun

Drawing inspiration from UCLA's defeat of NCAA defending champion Arkansas, fifth-ranked St. Paul's upset No. 2 and defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association champions Gilman, 11-9.

"We watched a tape of the NCAA [basketball] championship before the game, and it got us really fired up," said St. Paul's senior attackman Tucker Radebaugh, who finished with five goals despite missing school Monday with the flu. "Seeing UCLA celebrating together after their game made us really bond together today."

And no players on the field yesterday bonded better than Radebaugh and junior attackman Chris Kakel.

The two combined for 15 of the Crusaders' 21 points in the game, and at least one member of the duo had a hand in all but one of St. Paul's goals.

Kakel, who fed Radebaugh on four of his five scores, finished with six assists.

"We were confident because we had nothing to lose," said Kakel. "We just came in, went psycho and won the game."

After senior midfielder Scott Banerjee scored for the Greyhounds (3-1 overall, 1-1 in the MIAA) 27 seconds into the game, St. Paul's rattled off five straight goals to take a 5-1 lead with 5:43 left in the second quarter.

The Crusaders (5-1, 2-1) increased the margin to 8-3 when Radebaugh fed junior midfielder Harris Thompson on the crease with five seconds left in the first half.

The Greyhounds opened the second half by scoring three straight goals and pulling to within 8-6 on a goal by senior attackman Lorne Smith with 3:44 left in the third quarter.

But Radebaugh -- off a feed from Kakel -- stopped the run nine seconds later, and Gilman wouldn't get to within two again until Keith Baker scored the game's final goal with 2:18 left in the fourth quarter.

St. Paul's goalie Rich Yost did a great job of protecting the Crusaders' lead. The junior made 15 saves and was especially impressive in the fourth quarter when Gilman pelted him with 10 shots.

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