St. Mary's skates to second place with key win


January 28, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It was a victory coach Tom Judge said his team "had to have," and his St. Mary's hockey team delivered Friday on the ice at Navy's Dahlgren Hall.

The Saints defeated Archbishop Spalding, 7-4, to take over second place behind defending champion and undefeated Mount St. Joseph in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.

The conference is part of the 80-team Maryland Scholastic Hockey League.

With Friday's win featuring two goals each from Dave Quader and Pat Reid, St. Mary's improved to 9-2 overall and 4-2 (crossover games with B Conference teams do not count) in league play. Spalding slipped to 9-5-1 and 4-2 in the A Conference.

Quader scored the first two goals as the Saints took a 4-0 lead during a frenzied 2 1/2 minutes of the first period. Scott Falatach tallied the third goal and Reid capped the four-goal outburst with 5:31 left.

St. Mary's owns second place by virtue of the MIAA tiebreaker No. 4 --"least goals allowed head-to-head."

Spalding won the first meeting, 5-4, at Skate Nation (Piney Orchard) on Jan. 11. Including Friday's 7-4 victory, St. Mary's has yielded nine goals, compared with 11 for the Cavaliers.

"We didn't come to play the first time we played them, but this time we came out and took control early," said Judge, whose team also lost to the Cavaliers in the nonleague pre-season Anne Arundel County Cup tournament.

Friday, St. Mary's was able to overcome the aggressive play of the Cavaliers' Rob Trantin and Ray Herbert while containing scoring threats Andy Horne and Doug Webb, who had two goals in the first game.

Saints goalie Tim Gilbert made several outstanding saves in the final period and Jeremiah Venuti anchored the defense to thwart the Spalding comeback.

The top two teams will meet in the A Conference championship on Feb. 17. Nipped by Mount St. Joseph, 3-2, on Jan. 22, the Saints play the Gaels again on Feb. 5 at Laurel.


If No. 5-ranked Annapolis (13-1, 8-0 league) and No. 14 Meade (10-4, 5-3) lost their edge by not playing since Jan. 19, they both should get it back in a hurry with three games in four days this week.

The two teams were forced to move Friday's scheduled game to 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday at Meade because of safety concerns. County school officials did not want to risk any problems in the wake of a Jan. 13 shooting of a Severn teen-ager by an Annapolis man.

Neither Meade coach Butch Young nor Annapolis coach John Brady, who is two wins away from No. 500, was happy about playing three games in four days.

"It's going to be a pretty tough week for us after the layoff," said Brady whose Panthers appear to have a tougher road than Young's Mustangs.

Annapolis plays host a dangerous Old Mill team on Tuesday. The Patriots (7-8, 4-5) are coming off a surprisingly easy 77-49 rout over No. 19 Southern-AA (9-6, 5-4). Trips to Meade and No. 15 Glen Burnie (13-2, 7-2) Friday follow for the Panthers.

Meade is home both Tuesday against South River (10-6, 6-3) and Wednesday against Annapolis, and visits Old Mill on Friday.


Unranked, but working hard to get back into the Top 20, Archbishop Spalding (10-10, 5-2) squeaked by No. 9 Calvert Hall (13-6, 4-3) on Friday to stay tied with No. 1 Towson Catholic (16-3, 4-2) in the Baltimore Catholic League.

Coach Mike Glick told WNAV radio in the post-game show that it "was our best performance of the season."

Spalding and Calvert Hall will meet again Wednesday in Towson.

In girls action, Dirk Rinehart, coach of No. 18 South River, returned after missing two games, and his Seahawks (12-3, 7-1) dropped their first league game, 47-37, to unranked Broadneck (11-4, 7-2).

It was the second time this season that the Bruins have ended a Seahawks six-game winning streak. After a season-opening loss to No. 4 Mount Hebron (13-1), South River won six in a row before a 51-47 loss to Broadneck in the Queen Anne's holiday tournament.

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