Sloppy, but McDonogh is effective enough

Playing on soggy field, Severn is 1st to slip, 11-9

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

March 31, 2001|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

It was a tough day to stay pretty, but a pretty good day to look tough, and that was just fine for the McDonogh boys lacrosse team.

The Eagles, ranked No. 5 in the area, didn't wallow in the muddy conditions; they breezed through them, getting four goals from junior attackman Joe Benson to knock off No. 2 Severn, 11-9, yesterday.

"I think the conditions maybe slowed them down a bit," McDonogh coach Jake Reed said of Severn, which has eight Division I-bound players on its roster. "It just came down to a two-goal game that could have gone either way. I'm sure it'll be a battle when we see them up at our place."

Severn's grounds crew certainly deserved a lot of credit for getting the field as ready as it was after a day of heavy rain Thursday, but it still didn't stop things from getting muddy quickly as the two athletic teams chewed up the soggy turf.

After a relatively crisp first quarter in which both teams scored two goals, things got sloppy both in footing and execution, but it was McDonogh that capitalized on Severn's mistakes, picking off errant passes and stuffing them in the net. Benson scored twice and midfielders Travis Holmes and Pat Shek each tallied a goal that helped the Eagles grab a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter.

"We got a little overly aggressive without realizing it, and McDonogh burned us a few times," said Severn coach James McNealy. "We gave them a lot more opportunities than we wanted to by turning the it over."

Severn, however, was not about to fold on its home turf. Attackman Brandon Wright helped turn things around, beating McDonogh at its own game by snagging two bad Eagles passes in mid-flight and turning them into goals, scoring one on his own and finding teammate Drew Habeck for a goal with the other.

Severn trailed 7-5 at half, but the game was clearly up for grabs. That is, until McDonogh's Andrew Bond and Devon Bates put a clamp on things. Severn continued to score, getting two more goals from Habeck, but had a tough time stringing them together because of Bond, who won nearly every faceoff.

"I had a rough game last time out and I just wanted to prove that I'm one of the best faceoff guys in the area," Bond said.

Bates provided the defense, turning away several shots with impressive saves, which proved to be huge when the Admirals scored two goals in the final three minutes to close to 10-9 before Benson added his fourth score to end the game.

"We're trying to earn some respect, to show that we're a solid team," Bond said. "We're playing real well right now, but there's a lot of good teams in this league. Anyone can win on any given day."

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