St. Joe works OT, overcomes Hebron Ferguson lifts Gaels, netting game-winner at 1:35 of extra period

March 29, 1998|By RICK BELZ | RICK BELZ,SUN STAFF

Josh Ferguson of Mount St. Joseph doesn't let his small (5 feet 5) stature get in the way of scoring big goals.

Ferguson scored 1:35 into overtime, as the No. 12 Gaels defeated No. 9 Mount Hebron yesterday, 8-7. It was Ferguson's second game-winning overtime goal this season.

Host Mount Hebron (2-1) had beaten Mount St. Joe (4-2) two straight seasons, and was the only non-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association team to de feat the Gaels last season However, the Vikings failed to covert too many one-on-ones in the first half, and showed their Youth by making too many unforced turnovers late in the game.

"We played hard and together," Vikings coach Jeff Doolan said.

"But we need to work on playing smarter. We're still a young team in terms of big games. "

Mount St. Joe was coming off a tough loss to Severn Friday. "It was hard to get back up, and this would have been a momentous loss for us," St. Joe coach Steve Szlasa said. "But we played three ranked teams this week and beat two of them.

Devan Spilker led the Gauls with three goals and one assist. He now has 21 goals this season.

"We knew they were good, but we did everything right, and didn't give up," said Spilker. "And Ferguson came through for us. Both teams played well. It could have gone either way. They played me hard off the ball, so I really had to work to get open." ..

Mount St. Joe didn't get its first lead until near the end of the third quarter, when Rob Hardie scored with one second left, making it 6-5.

"Mike Morrison, whom we call Rudy, also hit a big shot for us to tie it [4-4] before half-time," said Szlasa.

The Gaels went ahead 7-5 with 8:42 left to play on a goal by Ferguson off an assist by Spilker. "We thought we had it then," Spilker said. "But their goalkeepers made a nice save on my next shot and then they came back."

Brian Werner scored for the Vikings off a one-on-one with 7:20 left, and Kyle Campbell scored a tying goal with 5:52 left. Campbell scored twice in the first four minutes, but was then held in check by man-for-man coverage from Mike Garrott, and by Mount St. Joe's zone defenses.

Both goalkeepers, Mount Hebron's Pat McClammer and St. Joe's Matt Rzepkowski, were outstanding, with 12 saves each.

The Gaels won faceoffs, 12-7 featuring Mike Schaal. They also won the ground-ball battle, 50-37.

"At least we played much better today than we did in our first two wins, over Long Reach and Atholton," Doolan said.

Pub Date: 3/29/98

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