Friends makes it back-to-back MIAA B crowns Quakers top John Carroll again, 9-2

defense shines

Boys lacrosse

May 16, 1998|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

No surprises here.

As expected, top-seeded and 10th-ranked Friends School walked away the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title yesterday, downing John Carroll, 9-2, before a rapidly-growing crowd at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field.

Jamie Hubbard, who will play for Hopkins next year, led the Quakers with two goals and two assists, but Friends' defense is what proved to be the difference.

Goalie Justin Sussman (eight saves), defenders Joe Johnston, Ben Baker Lee, Jesse Paulson and long-stick midfielder Jesse Swain held the Patriots scoreless for nearly 18 minutes in the first half and shut them out in the second.

"We graduated 12 kids from last year's team, so we had some holes to fill," said Friends coach Jon Garman, after watching his squad win its 18th consecutive league game and third of the season over John Carroll. "Early in the season, it wasn't looking pretty, but the defense has been there every single game, and we have enough shooters to get by."

The third-seeded Patriots from Bel Air had only one, senior Andy Quinn. The Villanova-bound midfielder scored both of John Carroll's goals, one that tied the game at 1 and an extra-man goal on an assist from Chris Porter that cut Friends' halftime lead to 5-2.

"We came out a little soft in the first quarter, but eventually our depth and experience came through for us," said Hubbard, clutching the championship plaque. "This is the icing on the cake. Last year, we made a statement, and this year, we reinforced our claim that we are a good team."

The Quakers (13-1), who lost only once -- in overtime to A Conference doormat Mount St. Joseph -- tallied two goals in each of the last two quarters.

Chris Condlin, a junior, scored twice for Friends. Teammates Matt Kahn, Kyle Harrison, Dave Richman-Raphael, Mike Malin and Guy Furman had a goal apiece.

The Patriots (9-6), who had won three straight B Conference titles before Friends snapped their streak last season, saw all 12 of their second-half shots miss.

"We knew we had to play a perfect game, and we didn't do that," said Quinn. "I don't think it was a question of heart but more a matter of them having more fresh legs on the field. They just wore us down."

Annapolitans win MIAA C

John Rosacker's eight goals helped lift Annapolis Area Christian School past Sts. Peter and Paul, of Easton, 14-11, in yesterday's MIAA C Conference final at Homewood Field.

The first half saw Rosacker, a junior, score six times and freshman Dustin Coombe three of his four, giving the Eagles (13-3) a 9-5 halftime lead.

Asked if his eight goals were a career high, Rosacker said: "I don't know, but that's the most fun I've ever had."

George Johnson (five goals) pulled the Eastern Shore boys to three-down midway through the fourth quarter before Rosacker ended the run with an extra-man goal with 2: 36 left.

Pub Date: 5/16/98

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