No. 1 St. Mary's trounces Annapolis Panthers win, 19-3, over No. 9 Annapolis in Laramore Tournament

April 09, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

There aren't too many public school teams in Anne Arundel County willing to step on the field with St. Mary's.

Last night at Annapolis, the top-ranked Saints showed why.

Competing in the sixth annual Al Laramore Lacrosse Tournament, St. Mary's opened a 13-1 lead over the host Panthers en route to a 19-3 victory.

"I have great belief that we should continue to play Annapolis. I think it's great for county lacrosse," said Saints coach Jim Moorhead, who now must prepare his team for tomorrow's key MIAA A Conference matchup with No. 2 St. Paul's. "Annapolis has continued to play us year in and year out and I think that is a credit to the kids and their coaches."

The No. 9 Panthers (6-2), who are 37-5 against public-school opponents the past three years, were no match for the Saints (7-0). But that doesn't mean they won't invite them back next year. Not as long as Annapolis coach Dan Hart has a say in it.

"This is the best tournament around and we choose to play these teams because we know that in the long run, it's going to help us," said Hart. "What we want to do is play the best possible caliber team we can possibly play, because it doesn't matter for the playoffs.

"We played a county all-star team tonight and I wouldn't have it any other way. It's a humbling experience and we know we have to improve."

When it was all over, 11 players scored for St. Mary's and every player in uniform saw action.

Senior attackman Dan Marohl had the most productive night for the Saints as he scored four goals and three assists. Junior attackman Jamison Mullen had three goals and two assists and Josh White, Marcus LaChappelle and Jim Hardesty each had at least two goals.

To add insult to injury, St. Mary's defenseman Jon Cline had more points than any Annapolis player, finishing with a goal and an assist.

Annapolis' first goal came with 6: 07 left in the half and it came off the stick of defender Brad Downer, cutting the margin to 8-1.

Severna Park (3-1), which canceled its first-round matchup with St. Mary's on Saturday because of the death of a student at the school, played an inspiring first half against Severn but couldn't maintain the momentum against its cross-town private school rival.

After falling behind, 4-2, No. 8 Severn (5-2) erupted for six straight goals before coasting to an 8-5 victory.

Peter Janney led the Admirals in scoring with two goals and one assist and Princeton-bound midfielder Josh Sims scored two goals, including the go-ahead goal and the game-winner.

"We talked to them at halftime and we said, 'It's not a matter of X's and O's, it's a matter of wanting to go out and win the game," said Severn coach Charlie Toomey. "We hung our heads a little bit in the first half, but we saw that we could have some success by moving our feet in the second half and we made some things happen."

Mickey O'Connor scored two goals for Severna Park and senior Josh Cornett added a goal and an assist in a losing cause.

"It was a good ballgame for a while and we just let up in the second half," said Falcons coach Greg Manley. "I think we got tired in the second half. They hadn't practiced in four days and I was kind of skeptical about playing the game in the first place, but they wanted to play."

Pub Date: 4/09/96

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