No. 1 St. Mary's deals Landon first defeat, improves to 11-0 11-5 win comes against No. 2 Washington team

April 19, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Undefeated and top-ranked St. Mary's picked up its 11th victory of the season yesterday and the Saints gained at least one more fan after defeating visiting Landon, 11-5, at Weems Whalen Field in Annapolis.

The newest and most unlikely member aboard the Saints' bandwagon was Landon coach Rob Bordley, who wished the Saints the best before boarding the Bears' bus back to Bethesda.

"This is an exceptional St. Mary's team and I hope they go all the way through and win the championship," said Bordley. "At least then we can say we lost to the best."

Landon, which entered the game undefeated at 7-0 and ranked No. 2 in the Washington Post poll, managed to stay within striking distance in the first half.

St. Mary's got off 15 shots in the first quarter and came away with only two goals.

Landon hurt itself with penalties and an inability to clear the ball in the first quarter that saw the Bears take just one shot.

"Landon is a good physical team and we had a lot of respect for them," said St. Mary's coach Jim Moorhead. "There's a lot of stress in games that you're supposed to win, but we're one of the few teams in the A Conference that is willing to play them. Some will scrimmage them, but they won't play them in a game."

After falling behind 3-0 on the second of three goals by Josh White, the Bears ended the Saints' shutout bid and cut the halftime lead to two on the first of four goals by Rex Hardy.

"We were getting a lot of shots but their goalie did a great job in there in the first half and we couldn't stick it on the cage," said St. Mary's junior attackman Jamison Mullen (three goals, one assist). "The coaches told us at halftime that if we kept putting the ball on the cage, it's going to drop."

The Saints' coaching staff was right.

St. Mary's continued to test Landon goalie Danny McCormick (12 saves) and its persistence paid off as the Saints scored four straight goals in the third quarter to take a 7-1 lead.

Mullen led off the quarter with a pair of extra-man goals and the senior defenseman made another possible by stripping the ball and feeding Dan Marohl.

"They're a superb team, well coached, they have a terrific close defense, they're very unselfish and great sticks," said Bordley. "Offensively, they have a number of kids who can go to the hoop and shoot and defensively they're playing better than they were when we scouted them."

Pub Date: 4/19/96

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