St. Paul's upsets Calvert Hall, 11-8 No. 7 Crusaders never let No. 3 Cardinals catch up

Boys lacrosse

March 27, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

St. Paul's two Conors, Gill and Ford, had little trouble splintering No. 3-ranked Calvert Hall's defense yesterday, and the result was an 11-8 win over their Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference opponent.

Although Calvert Hall was within a goal in the third quarter, the game was not as close as the final score might indicate.

Take, for example, the No. 7 Crusaders' (4-1) second-period 3-0 run that turned a one-goal lead into a 6-2 halftime cushion.

It began as Toby Mink followed up -- and buried from close range -- a shot by Conor Gill (one goal, three assists) that was blocked by Cardinals keeper Beret Dickson (11 saves) at the 8: 07 mark. Gill then found Conor Ford (three goals, one assist) on the doorstep with 2: 06 left.

"You could see that the chemistry was really there today in our offense," said Gill, a 6-foot-4 junior. "We found the open man pretty much all day, and we played with a lot of maturity and confidence."

The Crusaders' final goal of the first half was all Ford, who roll-dodged a defender to the right of the goal, faked high and shot the ball low and in between Dickson's legs from about five yards.

"I give a lot of credit to Conor [Gill] for my getting open," said Ford. "He's a great roll-dodger, and that pretty much pulls my man off of me."

Their efforts, along with those of Pat Tracey (two goals, one assist) and Mike Satyshur (two goals), overshadowed nice work by the Cardinals' second-team All-Metro Tom Tamberrino (four goals, one assist). Tamberrino, with the aid of Adam Borcz (two goals, one assist) and Brett Wagner (one goal, one assist), helped to pull the Cardinals within 7-6 during a four-goal third period. However, the Crusaders exploited the Cardinals' defense with another run -- this time by 3-1 for an 11-7 lead with 5: 35 to play. Then, up 11-8, St. Paul's kept the ball for the last four minutes.

"It wasn't so much our close defense as our middle defense that was just horrible," said Calvert Hall coach Brian Kelley. "We weren't covering the back side, and St. Paul's is notorious for looking across the cage on those types of situations. They were able to just sit back and pick us apart."

The Crusaders out-shot the Cardinals, 10-4, over the game's initial seven minutes, sprinting out to a 3-1 advantage heading into the second period.

The Crusaders reeled off three straight scores late in the second period, and keeper Alec Schweizer (16 saves) cradled five of the Cardinals' eight shots as St. Paul's took a 6-2 halftime lead.

"We all came out and played hard defensively, and when we do that, we can win any game," said Schweizer, whose team gave up 15 goals in a one-goal loss to Gilman. "Bob Werhane, Scott Marimow, Doug Coutts, Kimball Payne, Matt Latchford, John DiCamillo -- they all played great today."

Pub Date: 3/27/97

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