Severn survives St. Joe rally, 9-8

Gaels score 4 straight late

Admirals shoot, miss often, rebound from 12-goal loss

Boys lacrosse

April 02, 1999|By Mark Hoeflich | Mark Hoeflich,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Severn really needed this one.

If anything, the Admirals needed to show they are still a viable opponent in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference, despite a 12-goal loss to McDonogh on Tuesday.

The 10th-ranked Admirals got what they were looking for yesterday, a 9-8 win at home in Severna Park. But to do it, they had to hold off a furious rally by No. 8 Mount St. Joseph in the final 7: 32.

"This win was nice to have, because now we're a leg up," said Severn coach Jamie McNeeley. "But we have to gear up to play tough lacrosse for 48 minutes with St. Mary's and Gilman playing so well in our division."

Severn (2-2, 1-1 league) hasn't put together a complete effort through its first four games, but the Admirals did enough yesterday to win.

Severn outshot the Gaels (3-1, 0-1), 49-24, but scoring on only 18 percent of those shots, the Admirals couldn't finish Mount St. Joseph.

And the Admirals won 16 of 21 faceoffs but still gave the Gaels a chance to tie the game in the last minute.

After trailing 9-4 with 8: 33 left, the Gaels rallied with a four-goal run that had them within 9-8 with 1: 54 remaining. And Mount St. Joseph was awarded an extra-man opportunity with 56 seconds left.

But Severn's defense held up as the Gaels misfired on four straight shots, including two by Joe Bartlinski.

"Their defense was locking on [Rob] Hardie, so we just tried to skip some passes and get a good shot," said Gaels coach Tony Brockmeyer. "But it didn't fall for us."

Said McNeeley: "Our defense bent but it didn't break, and that was important. A lot of the guys we have back there were second-stringers last season, but they've proven their worth every game, and they're still growing."

The Admirals, who never trailed, appeared to have iced the game on an apparent goal by Marshall Feldman with 1: 21 left only to hear officials rule he was in the crease.

Until its late rally, Mount St. Joseph put in a rather lackluster effort.

The Gaels leaned heavily on their defense during the middle periods, as Severn put 32 shots on goal, and when Mount St. Joseph held possession, it often ended with one of its 22 turnovers.

Severn led 7-4 after three quarters and appeared to have control of the game after consecutive goals by Ted Harries and Scott McMullen extended the Admirals' lead to five.

"We've got a good offensive team, and when we start moving around, we get good shots on goal and that's what we did [yesterday]," said Feldman, who lead Severn with three goals. "But their goalie had a lot of nice saves."

Three goals in three minutes by Matt Majores, Hardie and John Zimmerman cut the Gaels' deficit to 9-7 before Devan Spilker (three goals) converted off a restart and Mount St. Joseph trailed by one.

The loss left Mount St. Joseph without in a win in its last eight conference games dating back to last season.

Drew Habeck added two goals for Severn. Bartlinski had two goals and an assist for the Gaels.

Boys Latin topples Aussies

No. 1-ranked Boys' Latin defeated the visiting Australian national 19-under team, 14-8, yesterday. The Lakers (5-1) secured the win by outscoring the visitors 7-3 in the second half, led by Chris Edwards and Brian Nee with four goals each.

Luke Arnold, Leigh Perham and Blake Taylor each scored twice for Australia.

Pub Date: 4/02/99

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