Same old success for new-look McDonogh

Eighth-ranked Eagles roll past Severn, 15-7

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

March 29, 2000|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

McDonogh graduated nearly every key player from the team that won last spring's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference boys lacrosse crown.

But watching the eighth-ranked Eagles (5-1) dismantle visiting 11th-ranked Severn, 15-7, in the rain yesterday, it was scarcely noticeable.

When McDonogh wasn't riding the momentum of its all-underclassman attack of juniors Pat Shek and Jed Prossner and sophomore Joe Benson, it was getting leadership from senior midfielders Mason Goodhand and Walid Hajj.

If not them, it was the Eagles' diminutive first-year keeper, Devon Bates (18 saves) doing his best imitation of Rob Scherr, an All-Metro now at Johns Hopkins.

Shek scored twice and had two assists, Benson had five goals and Prossner three goals and two assists. Hajj had three goals and an assist, and Goodhand two goals and two assists.

"Coach [Jake Reed] tells us this is a different season and not two dwell on last year," Bates said. "But we all realize that we have a lot to live up to, so when we come out, we play with a lot of pride."

Bates and man-down defenders Zack Hopkins, T. C. Cosby, Matt Harrison, Jay Mayes and Zeke Vince quelled three extra-man situations by the Admirals.

But it was the 5-foot-8 Bates, who did not begin playing lacrosse until eighth grade, who came through biggest during the second and third periods.

Bates had five second-quarter saves -- one coming during a man-down penalty against McDonogh -- and allowed only two goals during that period when the Eagles were out-shot 9-1.

Bates gave up two more goals in the third period, but had seven saves. McDonogh's offense scored five goals on six shots in the third quarter.

The Admirals led 2-1 after Drew Habeck's first of two goals nearly three minutes into the game, but didn't score again until Brandon Wright (two goals, three assists) converted a pass from Scott MacMullan (one goal, two assists) with 8: 03 left in the half.

By then, however, the Eagles already had used their precision shooting to score nine unanswered goals on 11 shots for a 10-2 halftime lead. Eight of McDonogh's first 10 goals were assisted, and most came after working the ball in for face-to-face shots against keeper Matt Larkin (11 saves).

"They were mostly doorstep goals, the result of running our plays," said Shek. "Our execution was great. Everything we had planned to do was working."

Severn's Dan Lilly was the primary catalyst in the Admirals winning three of four second period faceoffs (15-of-25 for the game), but the Admirals couldn't get the ball past Bates.

"We didn't shoot particularly well, but their goalie got down on some balls and played a tough game," said Severn coach Jamie McNealey. "The way we played today was indicative yesterday's practice. It wasn't a good one."

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