Landon wins battle of No. 1s with 12-4 rout of St. Mary's

Win is Bears' first over a top-ranked Balto. team

Boys lacrosse

April 10, 1999|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

BETHESDA -- "Total domination," screamed Landon midfielder Willie McDonald as he trotted off the field in the fourth period of his team's 12-4 rout of St. Mary's in a battle of top-ranked teams from the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., areas yesterday.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder had just captured his 14th faceoff in 21 draws and taken the ball to the goal for the game's final score with 9: 52 left to play.

The effort in front of a home crowd of about 1,000 eased the pain of Landon's earlier 13-5 loss to No. 2 St. Paul's, in which McDonald said the Bears "got killed" on faceoffs.

"Our wing work was horrific against St. Paul's, but we worked on it all week," said McDonald, a senior who will compete for Duke next season. "We're trying to make history with this team."

The Bears (8-1) accomplished one milestone in posting career win No. 316 for coach Rob Bordley. This was the first time in his 25 seasons that Landon beat a team ranked No. 1 in the Baltimore area.

Plus, Landon is now 2-9 against St. Mary's, but the wins are back-to-back; the Bears also won in Annapolis last season, 9-8, making them the only nonleague team to beat St. Mary's in 95 tries.

And it was the Bears' third defeat of ranked Baltimore teams this season, added to wins over No. 6 Loyola and No. 10 Mount St. Joseph. The Bears also play host to No. 3 Gilman on April 30.

J. R. Bordley, the Landon coach's son whose late goal beat St. Mary's last spring, scored twice and had an assist yesterday. McDonald, who also had an assist, Ian Healey and Ricky Sears scored twice each for Landon, as well, and David Taylor, Kevin Shooshan, Ravi Pillai and Teddy Lamade had one goal apiece.

Landon defenders Dave Burman (6-4, 200 pounds), Justin Duffie (6-0, 225) and George Boiardi (6-0, 180) dismantled a Saints offense that had 13 assists in Tuesday's 16-10 win over No. 2 St. Paul's.

They repeatedly forced the Saints into bad passes, stripping or checking the ball from their sticks, or simply knocked players off their feet.

After penalities put Landon down two men for a full minute in the third period, Bears goalie Stuart Crossland came up with five saves -- of seven in the period and 10 in the game.

The Bears limited Saints scoring catalyst Chris Summers to just one goal, the game's first with 10: 33 left in the opening period. He had scored four goals and had four assists against St. Paul's.

Justin Mullen, Matt LoCascio and Joe Thompson also scored for the Saints, who fell behind 6-1 before Mullen scored their second goal with 10: 04 left in the first half.

"They out-hustled us. They showed more heart," Summers said. "We were up to play Tuesday [against St. Paul's], but we weren't today. We have to be up every day."

St. Mary's, which came from behind to win each of its three Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference games this season, couldn't overcome deficits of 5-1 after one period and 8-2 at the half yesterday.

Said Landon defenseman Burman, who is headed for Virginia: "We had a great scouting report on them. We knew exactly what set they were in, what each player was going to do.

"We were calling out who was going to get the ball. We knew what they were going to do before they did it."

Pub Date: 4/10/99

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