St. Paul's deals Calvert Hall 4th loss in row

Cusson's 5 goals, Ford's 4 lead Crusaders to win

Boys lacrosse

April 14, 1999|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

St. Paul's and visiting Calvert Hall entered yesterday's game under similar circumstances: Each was on a losing streak.

But the fifth-ranked Crusaders (8-2) avoided their third straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A conference defeat with a 14-8 non-divisional rout of No. 7 Calvert Hall, which lost its fourth straight league game.

The win was critical for the Crusaders in a season in which unpredictability has reigned in the A Conference. Three of four teams have been unable to hold a No. 1 ranking for more than a week.

"Everyone's getting knocked off," said St. Paul's defenseman Trey Whitty. "But you can't get down in this league. You go home and put it behind you. We put two big losses behind us today."

Calvert Hall (6-4) has trailed by a combined 24-0 over its four league games, including identical 8-0 deficits vs. No. 3 Boys' Latin and No. 4 McDonogh.

Calvert Hall faltered again yesterday, being out-shot 11-3 in the first period, seeing defenders block its first two shots, and having a third attempt stripped. Whitty, Matt Latchford and Charlie Conkling led the defense.

Ben Cusson scored four of his career-high five goals in the first half, and Conor Ford scored four goals for the Crusaders, who were ranked as high as No. 2 last week after a 6-0 start.

Brenden Gill had two each in goals and assists, Alex Kopicki and Doug Mueller each had a goal and an assist, and Brandon Childs scored once for the Crusaders, who led 5-0 after one period and who twice held six-goal leads late in the final period.

"We felt pretty confident coming in as a team," said Cusson, a junior. "We changed some things around, going from a slow-down offense to a faster pace. Fortunately, I was able to step up and have a big game."

In the second period, when Calvert Hall scored four of 10 shots, St. Paul's goalie Paul Spellman deflected five straight point-blank shots by the Cardinals. He had 13 saves in the game.

Calvert Hall had a 10-7 advantage in shots in the third period as well, but Spellman cradled five as St. Paul's carried its four-goal lead (10-6) into the fourth period.

"We knew Calvert Hall made a late run at Boys' Latin before losing [11-8]," Kopicki said. "But Paul's big saves got us going again."

Calvert Hall's Craig Rhodey scored three second-period goals and had an assist, Mike Norton had three of the Cardinals' four assists, and Brian Mulford scored twice for the Cardinals.

Calvert Hall goalie Tony Russo had 16 saves, including four of seven shots by St. Paul's in the third period.

Dons upset No. 2 St. Mary's

John Cummings scored five goals and Kyle Bell scored three and had two assists as No. 6 Loyola (7-3) upset No. 2 St. Mary's, 15-6, in Annapolis.

The win was Loyola's fifth in its last six games. T.J. Morton also had a goal and four assists and Brian Miller, two goals and two assists for the Dons.

St. Mary's (6-2) was led by Leo Crane with two goals and an assist but lost for the second straight time after a 6-0 start.

Pub Date: 4/14/99

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