No. 5 McDonogh's offense overpowers Calvert Hall

Shuffled lineup continues its winning ways, 12-7

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

March 28, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Most were aware of the firepower in McDonogh's three-pronged offense led by Pat Shek and the twin towers, Joe Benson and Jed Prossner. Most also knew about faceoff middie Andrew Bond, the fuse who lights the fire.

But the arrival of sophomore Boys' Latin transfer Tyler Kelley has allowed coach Jake Reed to move Shek back to midfield, his natural position. And as evidenced by yesterday's 12-7 victory at eighth-ranked Calvert Hall (1-2), the move has made the fifth-ranked Eagles (6-0) even better.

"We thought Shek would give us back some of the firepower at the midfield, which we needed," said Reed, whose team converted on three of five extra-man opportunities. "It was a good move for everybody."

You can't argue with the results, as the 6-foot-2 Prossner (five goals, one assist), a second-team All-Metro pick, the 6-4 Benson (two, three), Kelley (three, one) and Shek (one, one) all contributed to an 8-3 halftime lead over their non-divisional Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference rivals. McDonogh's Travis Holmes scored a goal.

Bond keyed the Eagles' 14-9 advantage in faceoffs, taking all but two of them himself against a team that was minus a critical faceoff middie: Marty Link (ankle injury) is on crutches.

Tom Randisi (two goals, three assists) handled most of Calvert Hall's faceoffs, and fed Alec Knight (four goals) for three of its last four goals. Calvert Hall had assists on all but one goal, with contributions from Zach Mryncza (two assists), Ben Wolff (one goal) and Scott Krause (one assist).

But the Cardinals converted on only two of nine extra-man opportunities against keeper Devon Bates (10 saves) and defenders Zeke Vince, Taylor Callahan, Zach Hopkins and A.J. Berens.

Randisi scored to bring Calvert Hall within 5-3 with 3:57 left in the first half before Kelley sparked a 4-0 run for a 9-3 lead.

Calvert Hall keeper Craig Thomas had 20 saves.

No. 9 St. Mary's 9, No. 1 St. Paul's 8: Matt White had one goal and two assists and Scott Falatach had three goals and one assist in overcoming a 6-4 halftime deficit.

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