Late St. Mary's run does in Boys' Latin

Seven unanswered goals give Saints 11-5 victory

Boys lacrosse

March 29, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Boys' Latin failed to take advantage early and St. Mary's took care of business late, as the Saints scored seven unanswered goals in the final 20 minutes to post an 11-5 victory at Weems Whelan Field in Annapolis yesterday.

All-Metro attack Dan LaMonica, who is the Lakers' career points and assists leader, gave his team a 5-4 lead with 8: 01 left in the third period. Sixteen seconds later, Matt Lehmann tied it for St. Mary's, and junior midfielder Matt White gave the Saints the lead for good, 6-5, with 7: 08 left in the third.

Five Saints, including White (three goals, one assist) and Lehmann (two goals, two assists), finished off the Lakers with single goals the rest of the way.

The game followed this season's script for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference race -- it's wide open among the top five to seven teams.

No. 2 Boys' Latin (3-2 overall) slipped to 1-2 in the conference. Before yesterday's loss, the Lakers had defeated No. 7 Calvert Hall, 7-5, and lost to top-ranked Gilman, 14-12.

The No. 4 Saints (2-1) beat No. 5 Loyola, 9-8, in double overtime, then dropped a 9-7 decision at No. 3 St. Paul's on Saturday.

Yesterday, the visiting Lakers controlled possession and outshot the Saints, 14-6 (8-1 first period) in the first half, but found themselves trailing 4-3 at the break.

Each of the Lakers' three senior attackmen -- Brian Nee, Dan Berger and LaMonica (two goals, one assist) -- put the points on the board, but coach Bob Shriver knows they should have had more.

"We could have scored a boat load of goals, but their goalie [senior Tillman Johnson] bailed them out early," said Shriver.

"[Johnson] played just phenomenal and then when the momentum started going their way, we had a little trouble getting it back obviously. We could have been up by two, three, maybe four goals by the half."

Johnson made seven of his 11 saves in the first period, with several coming from point-blank range. Johnson snuffed Lakers shots with his stick, arms and feet and prevented the visitors from gaining command.

Johnson was complemented by the aggressive, defensive checking of Matt Pessagno and Kevin Stodd as the Saints frustrated the Lakers' offense.

St. Mary's staged several nice rides in the first half and while they didn't always finish, they managed to hit on four of six shots in warming up for a strong second half.

"[Boys' Latin] had a good game plan, but I think in the second half, we began to wear them down a little bit in the midfield," said Saints coach Jim Moorhead, who also felt his team "played very smart."

After Phil McKnight tied the game, 4-4, early in the second half and LaMonica gave the Lakers their final lead, the Saints' defense shut their opponents down while their offense started rolling.

"In the second half, we really controlled the ball better than we have all year," said White of his team's carrying the ball more and shifting possession in their favor.

Setting picks and hitting the open man, the Saints scored five of their last six goals inside and didn't give Lakers goalie Ryan Lafferty (seven saves) much of a chance.

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