Loyola, Mt. St. Joe top public schools in annual Showdown

Dons' 9-0 run upends Dulaney, 16-10

Gaels dominate Fallston, 15-8

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 02, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

When Loyola whipped Dulaney, 16-10, yesterday, there may not have been anyone happier at Towson University's Minnegan Stadium than Devin Tucker. The 8-year-old won a bet with his father that earned him an expensive video game.

"He said we'd win by more than five goals," said Loyola coach John Tucker, Devin's father. "I didn't think we would, so he wins."

The fifth-ranked Dons' win over the ninth-ranked, two-time defending 4A-3A state-champion Lions (0-1), coupled with an earlier, 15-8 win by 11th-ranked Mount St. Joseph (1-2) over 12th-ranked 3A-2A state champ Fallston (3-2), made the private schools 2-0 against the public schools in the sixth annual Maryland High School Lacrosse Showdown.

Loyola (3-2) and Mount St. Joseph, members of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference, used third-period scoring runs to break open tight games in the tournament, which benefits the Maryland Special Olympics.

Loyola was tied with Dulaney at 7 with 10:40 left in the third period when its 9-0 run made it 16-7 with 6:17 to play. The Gaels trailed the Cougars 7-3 with 8:17 left in the third quarter when an 8-0 run made it 11-7 with 11:03 to play.

The Dons were led by Evan Gallant and Sam Wagner (each with four goals and two assists), and by Chase Gahan and Austin Rodgers (two goals and an assist each). Mount St. Joseph was led by Brandan Mundorf (four goals, two assists), and by Brian Gargan and Andrew Mecchi (two goals each).

John Tucker had reason for concern against Dulaney. His Dons were ranked No. 1 when they lost last week to then-No. 6 Boys' Latin, but used a weekend scrimmage in Connecticut - where they met the nation's third-ranked team, Northport (N.Y.) - to prepare for Dulaney.

"We had a great weekend and really came together as a team," said Gallant, whose Dons will meet No. 1 Severn today. "We love the public versus private school rivalry, and we got all the fight we expected from Dulaney, but we played awesome in the second half and that's the difference."

Mike Obringer (four goals, one assist), Kyle Batton (three goals), Cary Howard (one goal, three assists) and Matt Mindel (two goals) led Dulaney, which succumbed to Loyola defenders Matt Pinto and Tim Patacki, as well as to the Dons' midfield depth.

"We can run two midfields and they've got four or five," said Obringer, whose Lions will play Boys' Latin on Saturday. "We've got a whole week to work the kinks out."

Mount St. Joseph has scored 36 goals despite being without top-scoring, second-team All-Metro midfielder Newton Gentry, who is expected to return from a knee injury Friday against McDonogh.

Yesterday, Gaels defenders Tim Kerr and J.D. Shephard and keeper Patrick Vaughan (nine saves) slowed a Cougars offense led by Steve Mull (two goals, three assists) and Adam Wade (four goals).

"Our offense settled down in the second half," said Mundorf. "We were able to get better looks and shots at the goal."

Mundorf scored three times during the run, including goals that made it 7-6 and 7-7 before Colin Curley put the Gaels ahead to stay at 8-7 late in the third period.

Dan Michalowicz and Mike Hughes also sparked the Gaels' rally, combining to win seven of nine draws in the third period. Michalowicz won 13 faceoffs on his own.

"We couldn't win a faceoff in the second half," said Mull. "They slid two guys to me whenever I had the ball. We didn't have as much off-ball movement in the second half."

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