St. Paul's deals Cards 4th straight loss

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."

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.

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.

Pub Date: 4/14/99

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