St. Mary's may fit description of title contender

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March 30, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

They've only played three games, but it is already evident that St. Mary's boys lacrosse team can give coach Jim Moorhead a grand farewell this spring.

Moorhead is in his 21st and final season as coach of the Saints and is leaving at the conclusion of this, the 50th year of lacrosse at the small Annapolis Catholic school.

Moorhead, who last led the Saints to a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title in 1996 in what was the school's greatest season (17-0), could say goodbye with another championship.

Championship parity abounds in the A Conference, but St. Mary's is most definitely among the contenders. No one team appears to be dominant, and five-to-seven teams seem to have equally divided talent.

It's conceivable there might not be a favorite going into the playoffs and that a title could come down to which team is the best conditioned.

St. Mary's seemed to be in better shape than Boys' Latin on Tuesday.

Moorhead's No. 4-ranked Saints (2-1) blew past the No. 2 Lakers (3-2, 1-2) by 11-5 after the latter pushed top-ranked Gilman (4-0, 3-0) before bowing 14-12 on Saturday.

"It's the second game in a row [in which] it was anybody's game at halftime," said Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver. "Gilman did the same thing to us, and I don't know whether we're not in shape or what."

Shriver's Lakers had Gilman tied 5-5 at the half and trailed St. Mary's 4-3 at the break. They took a 5-4 lead early in the third period against the Saints before faltering.

Moorhead thought his Saints "began to wear them down" in the second half.

Falcons flying high

The No. 6-ranked Severna Park boys lacrosse team has outscored its first two opponents (Broadneck and Northeast) by 39-5. Coach Mike Bellotte's Falcons (2-0), who play host to St. Mary's on April 17, also lead county public schools in scholarships and college opportunities.

Falcons to play in college: David Wagner, defense, full scholarship to Maryland; Paul Gillette, midfielder, partial to Maryland; Mac Chase, midfielder, offered scholarship to University of Denver but is waiting on UMBC; Ryan McGarry, defenseman, signed early with Cornell; Andy Brooks, long-stick defenseman, will play at Air Force Academy if he receives appointment; Starke Mueller, midfielder, turned down Duke scholarship to sign early with Dartmouth; Dennis Cantwell, attack/midfielder, full scholarship to Drexel; Dan Furbish, midfielder, signed early with St. Mary's; Jerry Cornett, attack, might join brother Josh at Towson University but is weighing other offers.

Lacrosse facts

No one, not Bellotte, Annapolis co-coaches Bob Bohanan and John German or any other county coaches, is taking Arundel for granted. The Wildcats, who won last year's county championship game but lost the region final to Severna Park, are 3-0 and are normally a contender under coach Clint Gosnell, who has won four state titles, the last in 1995, in 24 years of coaching.

Coach Walt Blahut's Archbishop Spalding MIAA B Conference team is 4-1 and is being led by the scoring of Derek Platt, Pat Donovan and Kevin Thomas.

Second-year Old Mill coach Steve Spence has his Patriots off to a 2-0 start.

Also 2-0 is Greg Carroll's South River team, which got seven goals and an assist from junior attack Bob Woody in a 14-6 rout of Chesapeake (0-2) Tuesday.

Around the horn

Rained out Monday and Tuesday, the No. 1 Severna Park baseball team visits No. 4 Arundel at 3: 45 today in a make-up. It will be interesting to see if the Falcons saved Josh Banks and the Wildcats Chip Ziegler for the much-anticipated pitching duel.

Coach Dave Lanham has his Archbishop Spalding baseball team at 5-1 with senior RHP Zeeshan Marfani 3-0 already. Spalding has a big test today in a visit to No. 5 Calvert Hall (4-2) in an MIAA A Conference game.

No. 11 Glen Burnie (3-0) keeps winning behind senior Chris Lusby and sophomore Collin Bednar, who had a combined eight innings pitched during last season's state championship run. Lusby got the win by 9-2 over No. 9 Old Mill (1-2) Tuesday. Bednar was the victor in relief of Lusby in last week's 2-1 upset of then No. 1 Mount St. Joseph (8-1).

Glen Burnie visits the Mount for a 4 p.m. game Saturday.

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