McDonogh vents on St. Paul's

Atoning for Loyola loss, No. 1 wins easily, 16-9

April 28, 1999|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

McDonogh attackman Bobby Benson said he mentally replayed Friday's loss to Loyola, which ended the Eagles' 10-game winning streak, "probably 70,000 times."

Benson's thoughts motivated his actions yesterday, as he scored two goals and assisted on five more in the No. 1-ranked Eagles' 16-9 rout of No. 6 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference rival St. Paul's.

"Today, we didn't get out-hustled, and we dug for ground balls," said Benson. "We were unselfish. We shared the ball."

The game started competitively, with four ties and five lead changes in the first 17 minutes. And three times, the visiting Crusaders (11-4) took one-goal leads.

But down 4-3 with 10: 42 left in the first half, McDonogh (16-2) scored 12 of the next 13 goals for a 15-5 lead with 7: 24 to play.

Owen Daly sparked a 7-0 run with his first of two straight unassisted goals, making it 4-4 with 7: 59 left in the half. Daly's second of four goals 26 seconds later put McDonogh ahead for good, 5-4. It was 7-4 at halftime, after the first of Brad Dumont's two goals and first of Matt Primm's five.

"Our offense endorses individual moves when defenses let us go one-on-one," said Primm, referring to the fact that the four unassisted goals came after individual runs and one-on-one dodges.

Ryan Floyd scored twice and Mason Goodhand once while McDonogh made 6-of-10 third-period shots, including the first three for a 10-4 lead.

Defender Joe Rosenbaum and midfielders Vinnie Ciarpella and Jon Cole helped to generate the offense. Rosenbaum made four crunching hits and four running clears, and the two midfielders each had assists as faceoff wings.

"St. Paul's was setting good picks, getting their shooters open," Rosenbaum said. "But we pressured more in the second and third periods."

Down 5-4, St. Paul's could not get even despite three shots during a five-minute, half-field possession that included two saves by McDonogh keeper Rob Scherr (15 saves).

"There was a lot of pressure during those five minutes," said defender Evan Weinberg, crediting Dumont, Matt Harrison and Joe Shek for their defense. "We talked and forced them wide."

St. Paul's was led by Conor Ford's three goals and one assist, Doug Mueller's two goals and one assist, and Alex Kopicki's two goals, the last of which gave the Crusaders their final lead.

"Our story all year is we keep it tight for a while, but at some point, we shut down," said St. Paul's coach Rick Brocato. "We've got Loyola on Saturday for the division title. We've got to re-focus."

Pub Date: 4/28/99

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