St. Paul's lacrosse returns a winner after year hiatus

Cornbrooks' 5 goals pace Crusaders' 7-5 victory

High Schools

March 17, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Junior David Cornbrooks scored three of his five goals in a five-goal run in the first half, as the St. Paul's lacrosse team opened its season with a 7-5 road victory over Haverford (Pa.) School.

It was a triumphant return to the lacrosse field for the Crusaders, whose much-anticipated season was canceled a year ago after a 16-year-old player showed about 30 of his teammates a videotape he had made of him having sex with a 15-year-old girl. The tape was made without the girl's knowledge.

"I think everybody was real excited to be able to play again," said St. Paul's coach Mitch Whiteley. "There were a little jitters at the beginning, but we settled in and played pretty well defensively."

Haverford, which beat McDonogh, 14-12, on Friday, led 1-0 early in the first quarter, before the Crusaders scored five straight goals to take a 5-1 halftime lead.

Seniors Ed Boyd and Matt Taylor scored during that run, but it was Cornbrooks who did the most damage with three second-quarter goals and an assist.

The four-goal cushion was more than enough for a veteran defense anchored by goalie Jesse Swartz, who made 12 saves.

Whiteley praised senior close defenders Hayward Howard, Tyson Rupprecht and Bryan Read.

Ted Dunkarances and Bobby Connon had two goals each, and Foster Gilbert had two assists for Haverford.

St. Paul's will play host to Kent (Denver) tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.

"We are happy to have that first one behind us, and we are going to try to get better and better," Whiteley said.

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