St. Paul's team play dunks Dons Gill's 2 goals, 6 assists lead Crusaders to 13-6 win

Boys lacrosse

March 28, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Conor Gill needed only a little more than two minutes yesterday to demonstrate to No. 3-ranked Loyola why he's one of the nation's best high school lacrosse players.

Roaming behind Dons goalie Nick Antol the Virginia-bound St. Paul's senior struck only 14 seconds into the second-ranked Crusaders' first extra-man situation. He hit open teammate Conor Ford, who was about 18 yards in front of the goal but fired past Antol for a 1-0 lead.

The play set the tone of an eventual 13-6 victory, as the Crusaders (3-0 overall, 2-0 league) built a 6-1 first-period lead, an 8-3 halftime lead, and pushed it to 10-4 heading into the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game's fourth quarter. Loyola is now 2-1, 1-1.

St. Paul's led 12-4 with 9: 37 left to play after Pat Tracey got his second of three fourth-period assists from Gill, who finished with two goals and six assists.

"Scoring's easy when your teammate's the best passer in the country," said the Ohio State-bound Tracey, who was assisted by Gill on four of his five goals. "We all go hard to the goal, but once he finds you're open, you just catch it and throw it in."

The Crusaders were clicking on all cylinders as Brendan Gill and Alex Kopicki contributed two goals each.

Defenders John DiCamillo (one goal), Scott Marimow, Matt Latchford and Trey Whitty smothered an offense that had scored 24 goals in the Dons' two previous games. Faceoff midfielders Kopicki and Jack DeVilliers had a 10-2 advantage in the first half and went 17-4 overall.

"We were a little nervous to start, and once you get in a hole like that, it's tough to get out," said Loyola's Kyle Bell, who had two goals and an assist. T.J. Morton and Ricky Hayes also scored twice for the Dons.

After missing all but three football games and all but one basketball game because of a broken right foot, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Gill admitted he's making up for lost time. In addition to giving out three assists, Gill scored twice in the first half, the result of hustle and athleticism, respectively.

At 3: 35 of the first period, Gill swiped the ball from Antol -- who was out of the goal -- and stuffed one in for a 4-1 lead. And it was 7-3 after his next goal with 8: 58 left in the half.

But Gill would much rather give than receive.

"My dad always told me an assist is as good as a goal, so I'm always looking to make that pass," Gill said. "We have players on our team who do all the work finding the net. All I do is throw the ball to them."

Pub Date: 3/28/98

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