Gilman tops St. Mary's, 14-7, ends Saints' streak at 19 Faraone's 5 goals spur No. 3 Greyhounds to win

Boys lacrosse

April 02, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The streak is over.

Sophomore midfielder Andrew Faraone scored five goals and assisted on three others as No. 3 Gilman ripped No. 2 St. Mary's, 14-7, at Weems Whelan in Annapolis yesterday.

It was the defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champion Saints' first loss in 20 games dating back to their final game of 1995.

St. Mary's lost in overtime to Boys' Latin in the MIAA A Conference semifinals in 1995, but won all 17 games last spring and its first two this season.

"You know you're going to feel a lot of pressure when you have the kind of year we did last year, but the pressure is off now because there is no chance of an undefeated season," said coach Jim Moorhead, who led the Saints to their greatest season in 46 years of lacrosse at the Annapolis school.

Gilman (4-0) dominated the first half, scoring seven goals in the second period to take an 11-4 lead at the half. The Greyhounds'close defense and long sticks held the Saints in check while the offense was fueled by senior Brandon Cornes, who won 10 faceoffs.

Junior attackman Alex Lieske scored all three of his goals in the period and Faraone, freshman Ryan Boyle and Cornes chipped in with two each to lead the assault that was too much for the Saints to overcome.

St. Mary's held the Greyhounds scoreless in the third period with captain Brian Kingsbury and Pat Grizzle leading the defense. Senior attackmen Jamison Mullen and Josh White and junior midfielder Adam Shiley scored the goals to cut the deficit to 11-7.

Gilman goalie Brian Nottingham's nifty block of Jim Hardesty's shot late in the third period kept it from getting closer.

Any chance that the Saints were going to catch the Greyhounds ended with Faraone's fourth and fifth goals halfway through the final period.

"We controlled the ball a lot in the first half, and we cashed in on our opportunities," said Gilman coach John Tucker. "But in the second half, we were back on our heels a little bit, in the third quarter especially.

"They're [St. Mary's] a championship team. They've got a lot of heart, came back and made a run at us, but we closed it out."

With 7: 43 left in the half, Mullen's goal made it 8-4, but the Greyhounds went on a two-minute scoring run for three goals -- by Cornes and a pair by Lieske -- to extend the lead to 11-4.

Pub Date: 4/02/97

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