Georgetown Prep holds down Falatach to defeat St. Mary's

Little Hoyas' defense stands a bit taller against No. 2-ranked Saints, 16-12

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

March 31, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

ROCKVILLE - St. Mary's attackman Scott Falatach will score his goals against most teams - that much was already known by Georgetown Prep lacrosse coach Kevin Giblin. But what Giblin became aware of yesterday - almost painfully so - was how well Falatach uses those around him.

"He's a great player," Giblin said. "And they had a lot more firepower than we thought."

But in a 16-12 victory over the No. 2 Saints (5-1), Giblin's fledgling defense came up with the answers to slow Falatach. That allowed his offense to overcome a yeoman effort by goalie Colin Finnegan (20 saves), as Rory Hyland had four goals and two assists, and midfielders Tommy Boylan and Brett Thompson scored three goals each.

Falatach credited Georgetown Prep's midfield, where the combination of Boylan, James Rump and Mike Tabb won 18 of 29 faceoffs. The host won six of eight draws during an 8-0 scoring run that turned a 10-8 third-period deficit into a 16-10 advantage.

Trevor Casey (two goals, one assist), Danny Gladding (one, two) and Chris Lehman (two goals) also contributed for Georgetown Prep.

"One of our strengths is our midfield athleticism, but we didn't see that today," Falatach said. "They won the ground balls and just played harder. Defensively, we have the individuals, we just didn't play well as a team."

Finnegan kept the Saints in the game early, making nine straight saves in the first quarter after the Little Hoyas converted their first three shots for a 3-0 lead.

St. Mary's converted four of its first six shots, and eight of its first 12, but only after fighting past a defense that often deflected or stripped the ball before it left its sticks.

"Every time I dodged, there were two guys coming to me," Falatach said. "You can't spot a team like this three goals and expect to win."

Georgetown Prep finished the game with a 2-to-1 advantage in shots on goal (42-20) and won 60 percent (30 of 50) of the ground balls.

Still, the North Carolina-bound Falatach made it interesting, his four goals and three assists giving him 21 and 11 on the year.

Falatach tied the score at 4-4 at 2:17 of the first quarter, capping a 4-1 run that included goals by Brian Ponne, Brendan Teague and Will Dalton (two goals).

Falatach also had three goals and two assists during a 5-0 run that gave St. Mary's its only lead, 10-8, with 7:44 left in the third quarter. Falatach had zero shots on goal from there, thanks to defenders Drew Jordan and Nick Veith.

"We put No. 35 [Veith] on him, told him to stay on his hands and his hips and told No. 33 [Jordan] to slide to him," said Giblin, who graduated three top defensemen after last season. "You get your stick high, leave his hands free, he'll shoot or pass right around you. We played a lot smarter defensively in the second half."

Nick Bonnaici of St. Mary's had two goals and two assists.

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