Catholic League title chase goes down to wire with 3

Towson Catholic, Spalding, St. Frances vie for top seed

February 20, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Second-ranked Towson Catholic, No. 6 St. Frances and No. 9 Archbishop Spalding are still in contention for the Baltimore Catholic League regular-season title and top seed in next weekend's BCL Tournament at Goucher College.

Towson Catholic (24-7) and Spalding (18-10) are 10-3 in BCL play, and St. Frances (18-7) is 9-4 going into today's final games.

The Owls play host to St. Maria Goretti (17-16, 7-5) in Towson; St. Frances visits Spalding in Severn. Both games are at 3: 30 p.m. Towson Catholic or Spalding can win the title outright by winning while the other loses, but St. Frances cannot and has to win while Towson Catholic loses.

If Towson Catholic and Spalding win and end 11-3 each, the first playoff game for the title since 1989 (Calvert Hall over Goretti) would be held at a neutral site Tuesday or Wednesday.

A St. Frances victory at Spalding coupled with a Towson Catholic loss would create a three-way tie and necessitate two playoff games.

"The three teams would draw for a bye, with the other two playing and the winner of that game playing the bye team for the championship," said Loyola's Jerry Savage, BCL chairman.

Those games would be set for Tuesday and Wednesday at a site to be announced.

Besides 1989, there have been two other regular-season ties since the league started in 1971-72. The only three-way tie came in 1975, with Savage's Loyola Dons defeating Cardinal Gibbons and Towson Catholic, and the next season, Loyola won a playoff over Mount St. Joseph.

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