McDonogh puts clamps on Severn, wins, 9-2 Eagles hold Admirals to 1 goal for 47 minutes

Boys lacrosse

April 02, 1997|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Try and beat our zone defense and goalkeeper.

That's what the McDonogh boys lacrosse team challenged Severn to do. But the Admirals simply had no solutions.

Allowing only one goal for the first 47 minutes, the No. 8 Eagles topped visiting No. 10 Severn, 9-2, yesterday.

It's the seventh straight win for McDonogh (7-1), who opened the season with a one-goal loss to St. Mary's. The Eagles are four wins away from matching their win total of last season.

"Our defense kept us in the game," McDonogh coach Jake Reed said. "They were tough all game. As long as our defense keeps playing like this, our offense will chip in goals here and there."

The McDonogh defense saved the game in the third quarter. Leading 4-1, the Eagles shut down Severn although they had to play a man down four times, including a 47-second span with a two-man disadvantage.

Severn (2-2) applied tremendous pressure in the third quarter, outshooting McDonogh, 9-4.

However, Eagles goalkeeper Rob Scherr thwarted every effort, making six of his 10 saves that quarter. With 2 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter, Admirals midfielder Matt Wright had the best opportunity with a one-on-one with Scherr, who made a difficult stick save on the low-angled shot to his right hip.

"I think their goalie is very solid," Severn coach Charlie Toomey said. "He frustrated us. We had our chances. But when we knocked on the door, he answered. They packed in the zone and show a lot of confidence in their goalkeeper. You know why now."

After the Admirals tied the game at 1-1 just 3: 40 into the second quarter, McDonogh utilized its zone defense for the remainder of the game. The Eagles' close defense unit of Chris Bowman, Evan Weinberg and Joe Rosenbaum along with defensive midfielder Marcus Webb didn't allow another goal for the next 31 minutes.

McDonogh broke open the game late in the second quarter with three goals in the final 5 1/2 minutes before halftime. Midfielder Greg Adams scored two of his three goals in that run on power moves to the goal.

"He's a big guy," Reed said. "He's tough because he goes to the goal with a very hard shot."

"I'm not giving up on these kids," Toomey said. "I don't know who, but soon people are going to be surprised when they pick up their Saturday newspaper this year and see who we beat."

Pub Date: 4/02/97

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