Primm's 7 goals lead McDonogh by Cards, 17-4

Eagles' defense behind Scherr tough in romp, too

April 07, 1999|By Chris Snider | Chris Snider,SUN STAFF

Visions of shutting out the area's No. 7-ranked team did cross Rob Scherr's mind yesterday. But in the end, McDonogh's goalie was delighted with his team's defense, not to mention its offense, in a 17-4 victory over Calvert Hall.

Seven McDonogh players scored, led by Harvard-bound senior Matt Primm, who matched his uniform number with seven goals.

Owen Daly scored three goals. Brad Dumont and Pat Shek scored twice each and Brian McGregor, Walid Hajj and Brennan Adams each added one goal.

Scherr, called "a great leader on the field" by his coach, surrendered only two goals, the first four minutes into the second half with his team up by eight goals, as the fifth-ranked Eagles (7-1) cruised to a victory not as close as the lopsided score indicated.

Calvert Hall (3-2) scored two of its goals late in the game after Scherr had exited to the applause of the home-field fans.

"I didn't think about [a shutout] too much," said Scherr. "I was concerned more with our defense as a whole. They played outstanding. We had a few mistakes, but I'm proud of our defense."

Primm got the scoring started just 33 seconds into the first quarter, then struck again at the 4: 39 mark. Daly, who will attend Princeton this fall, scored the first of his goals on a rocket from 30 feet that gave McDonogh a 3-0 lead after one quarter.

With its defense continuing to be stingy behind Scherr's leadership, McDonogh added four more goals in the second quarter to take a 7-0 halftime lead.

The score was 8-0 when Calvert Hall's Craig Rhodey broke through for the Cardinals. McDonogh stretched the lead to 14-1 before Rhodey struck again.

The Eagles scored three in a row to take their biggest lead of the day, 17-2, before coach Jake Reed pulled Scherr with 2: 44 to play and the Cardinals were able to tack on two late goals.

Scherr said the team found extra motivation when it opened The Sun yesterday morning. Despite four straight wins, the Eagles fell three spots in the rankings.

"The rankings got us fired up," he said. "We've only lost one game to a good team, and we're down to [No.] 5. But that's OK. We'll feed off of that."

Pub Date: 4/07/99

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