McClammer saves the day in coaches' all-star game For fourth time in 5 years, outcome decided by a goal

Boys lacrosse

June 01, 1998|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Playing for a public school like Mount Hebron, senior Pat McClammer had heard the tales of greatness surrounding some of his counterparts in the more high-profile Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association.

Yesterday, the goaltender finally got to see firsthand what all the fuss was about. And by game's end, it was he who had become the topic of conversation.

McClammer made 11 saves, all in the first half, as his Red and White team edged its opponent in Black and Gold, 13-12, in the Maryland Lacrosse Coaches Association fifth annual Senior All-Star Game before an estimated 500 at Loyola College.

"When you play for a public school, you hear all about the private schools," said McClammer, who was named Defensive Player of the Game. "All I really wanted to do was come out here and play hard."

The game featured 51 of the state's top seniors, including Sun All-Metro Player of the Year Alex Lieske of Gilman and Kelly Award winner Conor Gill of St. Paul's, as well as 12 other All-Metro selections.

With so much talent on both sides, it's little wonder why the game was decided by a single goal for the fourth time in five years.

"There's just a lot of great players on both sides, so there's no way it could be a blowout," said Gill, who was named Offensive Player of the Game with two goals and two assists. "You want to win the game to a certain extent, but you're just out here to have fun. Everybody out here is a really good player, so you just enjoy the experience."

With his team trailing 9-8 late in the third quarter, Gill scored two goals and assisted Correll Caulfield (Landon) on another in the next three minutes to put his team ahead 11-9 with 13: 09 to play. But after scoring three of the next four goals to tie the game at 12, including two by Centennial's P. J. Paolisso, the Red and White team won it on a goal by Blake Atkins (Gilman) with 50 seconds left in regulation.

"I thought it would be a matter of whoever played harder," said McClammer, who will attend Dartmouth in the fall. "These teams are pretty much equal. Everybody has skills and everybody has their own unique attribute that separates them from the others. As long as everyone went out and played their heart out, that's all that really mattered."

Goals: BG--Lamonica (C.Hall) 2, Janney (Dul.) 2, Gill (St.P) 2, Disney (McD.), Haynes (Loy.), Watson-Galbraith (B.Lat.), Wagner (C.Hall), Caulfield (W.John.), Tracey (St.P); RW--Campbell (M.Heb.) 2, Atkins (Gil.) 2, Ludlum (Annap.) 2, Meerholz (Cal.LC) 2, Paolisso (Cent.) 2, Blakenship (Q.Anne's), Lieske (Gil.), Fellows (Kent). Assists: BG--Gill (St.P) 2, Lamonica (C.Hall), Langley (Doug.), Fort (Landon); RW--Atkins (Gil.), Blakenship (Q.Anne's), Lieske (Gil.), Nechanicky (G.Counsel), Fellows (Kent), Metzbower (St.M). Saves: BG--McCormick (Landon) 9, Coleman (L.Rav.) 8; RW--McClammer (M.Heb.) 11, Higdon (S.River) 7. Half: 6-6.

Pub Date: 6/01/98

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