Boys' Latin sidesteps Calvert Hall Backup goalie Berger solid in Lakers' 8-5 win

March 27, 1996|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

It's never a strong idea for a team to come in overconfident with its goalkeeper starting his first varsity game.

And it would have cost Boys' Latin severely if backup goalkeeper Brian Berger hadn't bailed the Lakers out. Berger made 13 saves in a composed, steady performance as No. 5 Boys' Latin sidestepped No. 12 and visiting Calvert Hall, 8-5, yesterday in a defense-dominated MIAA A Conference game.

"We were looking past them," said Berger, a junior, who started ** for the junior varsity last season. "It was not quite what we expected after they got crushed by St. Paul's [by eight goals on Friday.] So we tended to overlook them."

The unexpected was that Calvert Hall (0-2) matched Boys' Latin in nearly every aspect. Through the first three quarters, neither team built a lead of more than one goal and the game featured four ties.

The Cardinals recaptured the lead at 4-3 with 8: 31 left in the third quarter when Adam Borcz tapped in an extra-man goal on a pass from Tom Tamberrino. The Lakers (3-1) then seemed to wear the Calvert Hall defense down by winning faceoffs and taking several shots each possession.

Boys' Latin scored three straight goals over a 10-minute span and went ahead 6-4 after Aaron Vercollone hit a cutting David Ulrich for the score. After trading goals again, it appeared Calvert Hall closed to within one goal with five minutes remaining the game, but an offside call negated defenseman John

Torpey's goal.

Calvert Hall never regrouped thereafter and finished with one goal in the final 20 1/2 minutes.

"We played too much defense as the game went on," Calvert Hall coach Bryan Kelly said. "We're a young team offensively and they think they need to score quickly or won't be able to make it up."

Scoring has been the major problem for the Cardinals this season, even against the inexperienced Berger, who never appeared rattled starting for the injured Jake Hunter.

"I'm not a rah-rah type of a guy and didn't really show I was nervous or much of anything," Berger said. "I get fired up on the inside."

Pub Date: 3/27/96

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