St. Mary's breaks free of Severna Park, 18-15

No. 5 Saints' 6-1 outburst in 3rd period overcomes pesky No. 8 Falcons

Boys lacrosse

March 24, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Brian Ponne scored five goals and had one assist, Scott Falatach scored four goals, and James Hyland had three goals as fifth-ranked St. Mary's overcame an emotionally charged Severna Park, 18-15, in the final game of the Falcons' Invitational Lacrosse Tournament last night.

Falatach, who has 15 goals and four assists in three games for the Saints (3-0), had been largely limited by Severna Park defender Gabe Simcox until the third period. That's when Falatach broke free of his restraints, scoring three goals in a 6-1 run by the Saints, who turned an 8-7 haftime deficit into a 13-9 lead with 4:14 left in the third period.

"They weren't letting me near the ball. I probably touched it twice the whole first half. They were even shutting me off on extra-man opportunities," said Falatach, who scored seven goals in a season-opening 11-8 win over No. 3 St. Paul's.

Falatach tied the game at 9 and gave the Saints a permanent lead, at 10-9, when he beat his defender and slung an under-handed shot past Severna Park keeper Tyler Eddy. Eddy had 19 saves, seven during extra-man situations.

Although Severna Park pulled to within 13-12 late in the third period, and to 15-14 with 5:25 left to play, it continually hurt itself with penalties or fouls that returned possession to St. Mary's.

"I knew if they ever let me get the ball, I was going to score," Falatach said. "I expected them to bring a lot of desire into this game and to want to beat us real bad. They're probably the best public school team we've played in three years."

Eighth-ranked Severna Park (0-2), the highest-ranked public school in The Sun poll, was led by Tommy Williams (six goals, two assists), Brian Burns (four goals, two assists) and Andrew Ostrusky (two goals).

And the Falcons showed they meant business right from the start.

Down 2-0, Severna Park scored the next four goals - three of them coming less than a minute apart. St. Mary's pulled to 5-4 with 1:56 left in the first quarter, but the Falcons stretched the lead to 7-4 with 11:45 left in the first half.

Others playing well for St. Mary's were Conor Blemly with two goals and an assist, and T.J. Liberto and Will Dalton with two goals each. St. Mary's goalie Colin Finnegan had nine saves. And, Max Zarchin had a team-high four assists.

Severna Park was penalized 14 times and St. Mary's 10 in a game that was physical and played with intensity from start to finish.

"They were aggressive and all over every ground ball, and we were fortunate to be able to match their intensity," said St. Mary's coach Mike Burnett. "We weren't real happy about giving up 15 goals, but we beat a great team in a great game tonight. Severna Park did a real good job."

It was the third game in as many days for the Saints, who beat Annapolis by 14-7 on Friday, the tournament's first day. Annapolis (0-2) lost, 13-6, last night to Landon of Montgomery County, which improved to 3-0 and has won 23 straight games.

Landon, ranked No. 1 nationally by Inside Lacrosse Magazine, beat Severna Park, 12-7, on Friday.

Severna Park coach Mike Bellotte, a 1984 St. Mary's graduate, said the Falcons have not beaten the Saints since 1978.

to almost be happy after a loss, but we were in a dogfight with St. Mary's [that's] for the people who don't believe we can compete with the private schools," Bellotte said. "Bottom line is we will continue to get better by playing these types of games. Who would have thought that we would have scored 15 goals on these guys?"

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