No. 3 Mount St. Joe's win is extra special

Neighborhood rivalry fuels 14-8 rout of No. 4 Severn

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 13, 2002|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

With 12 of its members from Anne Arundel County, the third-ranked Mount St. Joseph lacrosse team had a little more at stake than an ordinary Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game at No. 4 Severn yesterday.

With pride and some neighborhood bragging rights also on the line, the Gaels dominated.

Senior attack Brendan Mundorf had five goals and an assist, and senior attack P.J. Gilbert added a goal and four assists to lead Mount St. Joseph to a surprisingly easy 14-8 victory.

"We knew this was a backyard game for a lot of our guys," Gilbert said. "So we just got fired up this week in practice. We had a tough loss to Boys' Latin on Tuesday, so we just came out here and played our hearts out."

The Gaels (4-3, 3-3 league) also were bolstered by the return of senior attack Newton Gentry, who played his first game after sitting out with a knee injury. Gentry was one of four Gaels who scored twice.

For Severn (8-3, 4-2), Michael Phipps had three goals and an assist, and Mike Biles added two goals and two assists.

Severn jumped to a 2-1 first-quarter lead, but the Gaels took control from there. Starting with a goal by James Nash with 44 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Mount St. Joseph reeled off seven consecutive goals to take an 8-2 halftime lead. The Gaels also out-shot Severn 11-2 in the second quarter and held possession in the Admirals' end nearly the entire time.

The Gaels, who were penalized 12 times, led by as many as nine goals midway through the fourth quarter before Severn finished with three consecutive goals.

"When teams come to our field, they treat it like a championship," Severn coach Jamie McNealey said. "We have to learn how to do a better job of defending our turf."

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