Gilman, Latin show MIAA dominance Blast Hebron, N. Harford at Maryland Showdown

April 21, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Yesterday's inaugural Maryland Lacrosse Showdown at Johns Hopkins pit two of the state's best public school programs against last year's finalists from the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association, perhaps the nation's best high school league.

The results were predictable, as No. 4 Gilman, the two-time MIAA champ, broke open a close one to beat No. 11 Mount Hebron, 9-4, and No. 3 Boys' Latin, last year's MIAA runner-up, blasted defending two-time 1A-2A state champ North Harford (4-5) by 23-4.

In the first game, Lawson DeVries (four goals, three assists) and faceoff specialist Kirk Caldroney facilitated Gilman's five-goal third-quarter attack against last year's 3A-4A public school state runner-up Mount Hebron (7-2).

DeVries had three goals and two assists in the third period after Gilman, hindered by the Vikings' defense of keeper Brian Lea (15 saves), Peter Yim, Mike Machirian and Mike Stromberg, held only a 4-2 lead at the half.

"We'd never played any public schools, so we weren't sure how good they were. They came out hard," said Caldroney. "But when you play in a league like ours, where the competition's tough every game, your intensity always has to be high, and I think that was the difference."

Caldroney, assisted by midfielders John Steele, Matt Garrity and Brendan Callahan, won the first four faceoffs in the third quarter as Gilman (8-3) got its fast break clicking. A DeVries goal from Alex Lieske made it 5-2 with 9: 18 left in the period, and it was 6-2 after Chase Martin (two goals, two assists) converted a pass from DeVries.

After Mount Hebron's Mike Huppman scored his first of two goals with 3: 50 left in the half, DeVries fed Keith Baker (two goals) as the Vikings (7-2) began to fade.

"They have defensive middies and offensive middies and we had two lines that ran all the time," said Damon Cuzmanes, who scored twice for Mount Hebron. "But we were in a no-lose situation against a quality team and we weren't intimidated. We showed up and played hard."

North Harford (4-5) saw a Lakers offense, engineered by Greg Patchak (three goals, three assists), Tom Glatzel (three, two), Ian Shure (three, one) and Aaron Vercollone (two goals), which had scored an average of 16 goals in its past four games, including routs of Gilman, 18-9, and No. 8 Dulaney, 10-2.

The Lakers (10-2) led 7-0 after one quarter, 10-0 at halftime, and 15-0 before the Hawks finally tallied 16 seconds before the final period. Hawks keeper Russell Smith (15 saves) stopped six of Boys' Latin's eight other shots in the first period, and seven of 10 shots in the Lakers' three-goal second.

So dominant were the Lakers that North Harford was outscored single-handedly by reserve attackman Holt Hopkins, who had five goals and an assist yesterday, despite having only six goals all season coming into the game.

Garson Beers had two goals and two assists and Eric Barger and Tom Staab one goal each for the Hawks, who were outshot 15-1 in the first period, 30-4 in the first half, and 57-11 for the game.

Pub Date: 4/21/96

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