McDonogh breaks through against St. Mary's, 11-9

4-0 scoring run, 15 saves by Wade lead the way

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 13, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Having lost four games by a combined five goals, McDonogh coach Jake Reed knew his ninth-ranked Eagles "were right there. We just needed all of the kids to come out and play hard at the same time."

The host Eagles did just that in yesterday's 11-9 victory over rival and No. 5 St. Mary's in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference Division I play.

Zak Johns scored McDonogh's eighth and 10th goals during a game-clinching 4-0 run that turned an 8-7 deficit into an 11-8 lead. Goalie Drew Wade (15 saves) made the lead stand up with two of his five fourth-period stops from point-blank range.

"They were both body saves. Instinct: knowing where they're going to shoot and exploding there," Wade said. "They scored their first couple of goals on unsettled situations, but we did a better job in the second half."

McDonogh's 6-foot-3, 230-pound junior defender, Darren Ohiokpehai, lost many battles with St. Mary's Scott Falatach (five goals, one assist), but occasionally stripped him of the ball or knocked him to the ground. Ohiokpehai also once trapped the ball on the ground with his stick to keep it from going into an unprotected goal.

"We played as a team today," said Johns, whose first goal, with 7:23 left in the third, tied it for the sixth and last time. "We stood up for each other and didn't get pushed around."

Falatach converted his first three shots to give the Saints a 3-1 first-period lead. But the Eagles (9-4, 2-1 Division I) outscored the Saints 6-3 in the second quarter for a 7-6 halftime lead. Matt Cowdery (four goals), Joe Benson (two goals, two assists) and Travis Holmes (two goals) keyed the second period, when McDonogh was 3-for-4 on extra man opportunities.

Falatach beat a triple team to give the Saints (7-4, 2-2) their final lead with his 45th goal of the year. But he didn't score again. The Saints' Colin Finnegan had 10 saves.

"We obviously don't understand that you can't backtalk referees in this game and I'm disappointed in my kids," said St. Mary's coach Mike Burnett. "You can't hit late. Four unsportsmanlike conducts really annoys me. They know the rules. It's a lack of discipline and I don't coach that way."

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