McDonogh tries but can't lull alert St. Paul's Crusaders win, 6-5, despite Eagles' rush near end

Boys lacrosse

April 16, 1997|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

McDonogh's offense has lulled many opponents into a trance this season with a tempo that enables spectators to go for a hot dog without missing a shot.

The Eagles' deliberate attack tried putting a spell on visiting St. Paul's yesterday afternoon, but the Crusaders refused to submit.

St. Paul's junior goalie Alec Schweizer kept his front line focused with some chatter, and his 13 saves spoke volumes for the No. 5-ranked Crusaders, who hung on for a 6-5 victory.

"I thought our defense did a great job of staying awake today," said Schweizer, who made three huge saves down the stretch.

"McDonogh is an up-and-coming team," said St. Paul's coach Rick Brocato. "They're a great team and we knew we had to play them tough. We came out with a win today because we played hard."

The one-goal loss was tough to swallow for seventh-ranked McDonogh, a team slowly fading from the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference playoff picture.

"Some of our kids needed to step up, and they didn't step up. Schweizer played a good game, but we made a lot of bad decisions," said McDonogh coach Jake Reed. "This was a big game, and we can't just keep coming close. We have to win one of these."

Conor Gill (one goal, three assists) scored what proved to be the game-winner with no time left on the clock in the third period. Gill's goal, his second of the game, put the Crusaders ahead 6-3 heading into the fourth quarter.

Dan Cassell cut the visitors' lead to two with 10: 12 remaining by bullying through the Crusaders' defense and jamming a shot in before falling into the net.

After surviving back-to-back one-minute slashing penalties, the

Crusaders saw McDonogh cut the lead to one on a feed from Owen Daly to Greg Adams.

The Eagles (10-3, 2-3) gained three more possessions in the closing two minutes but couldn't convert.

McDonogh goalie Rob Scherr (15 saves) held the Crusaders (8-2, 4-2) scoreless in the fourth quarter and allowed only one goal in the deadlocked first quarter.

Conor Ford, the only player with more than one goal, tallied both of his late in the second quarter on feeds from Gill.

Pub Date: 4/16/97

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