Two No. 1s meet again

Saints eye a pay back

St. Mary's visits Landon recalling long streak's end

April 09, 1999|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

No. 1-ranked St. Mary's was an under-.500 boys lacrosse team last spring, but even so, the Saints had one outstanding streak going -- before Landon School showed up.

The Bethesda team beat St. Mary's, 9-8, in Annapolis, ending the Saints' 93-game win streak against non-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association teams.

Today, St. Mary's visits Landon with a chance for a payback in front of what the home team's coach, Rob Bordley, expects to be nearly 1,500 -- large for lacrosse in the Washington suburbs.

Both teams are top-ranked in their respective metropolitan areas. St. Mary's, having endured two losing seasons since its last MIAA title, is 6-0. Landon is 7-1.

The Saints are coming off Tuesday's 16-10 rout of St. Paul's, an earlier 13-5 winner over Landon and last season's MIAA A Conference runner-up.

"That was probably the best we've moved the ball all year," said St. Mary's coach Jim Moorhead, who has 215 career wins and is in his 20th season. "But it's going to be another great game down at Landon. The kids remember that loss, and they'll be prepared."

Chris Summers, who led the Saints with four goals and four assists against St. Paul's, agrees.

"There are a lot of seniors who don't want to experience [another loss to Landon] before we graduate," he said. "We're more pumped up for this game than a lot of people might think."

Bordley has built Landon into the Washington area's premiere high school lacrosse school, having amassed 315 career wins and 18 straight Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference crowns over 25 seasons.

He annually schedules games against MIAA A Conference teams, and this year's Bears have beaten No. 10 Mount St. Joseph and No. 6 Loyola, with a scheduled game at home vs. No. 3 Gilman on April 30.

Despite that resume, Bordley's teams are 1-9 against St. Mary's. And Landon never has beaten a Baltimore team when it was ranked No. 1.

"We've never played St. Mary's particularly well," Bordley said. "The kids, undoubtedly, are excited."

"We're looking forward to it, and we want to play our best," said the coach's son, J. R. Bordley, an attackman whose late goal secured last season's win in Annapolis. "We have a good offensive group out there -- six guys [who] can play the game."

He leads the Bears with 21 points (12 goals, nine assists), followed by North Carolina-bound senior David Taylor, with 15 goals and five assists, and junior midfielder Teddy Lamade, with 10 goals and eight assists. Attackman Kevin Shooshan has 12 goals and five assists. Midfielder Ian Healey is lightning fast.

Bordley calls Duke-bound defenseman Willie McDonald, a muscular 200-pounder with speed, "the heart and soul of our team." Virginia-bound defenseman David Burman is a 6-4, 200-pounder, and Maryland-bound midfielder Ricky Sears stands 6-2 and has 12 goals.

St. Mary's man-down defenders Matt Passagno, Steve Keuhn, Mac MacAdams, Andrew Jacobs and Kevin Stodd will need a superb outting against Landon's speedy, balanced offense.

With the emotion surrounding the game, St. Mary's might need a similar effort that of its league-opening 9-8 win at defending MIAA A champ Gilman. In that game, Penn State-bound keeper Chris Garrity had a career-high 20 saves.

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