St. Mary's learns firsthand why Landon is nation's best

No. 1 team scores game's 1st seven goals in 10-6 win

Boys lacrosse

High School

April 17, 2002|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

It did not take long for the St. Mary's boys lacrosse team to find out why Landon of Montgomery County is the nation's top-ranked team.

The visiting Bears scored just 11 seconds into the game, took a seven-goal lead after the first quarter and cruised to a 10-6 win yesterday at Bates/Weens Whelen Athletic Complex.

Landon, ranked No. 1 by Inside Lacrosse magazine, improved to 11-0 and extended its winning streak to 29 games.

Landon senior midfielder Brendan Healy scored six goals, including four in the first quarter, Jake Byrne added two goals and an assist, and senior attackman Matt Ward had two assists before leaving with an ankle injury early in the second quarter.

"We got beat by a very good team," said St. Mary's coach Mike Burnett, whose team is ranked sixth in the area by The Sun. "They move the ball as well as anyone I've seen in all my years of coaching."

The game was especially tough for St. Mary's leading scorer Scott Falatach, who finished with one goal and two assists. Headed for the University of North Carolina in the fall, the senior attackman has 46 goals and 24 assists this season but was abused by Landon's defense. The few times Falatach did crack the Bears' defense, he was stuffed by Landon goalie Jeff Wieker, who made 14 saves, including six in the fourth quarter.

Falatach was swarmed and battered each time he touched the ball. Twice he hobbled off the field after being decked, and at the start of the fourth quarter he was assessed a three-minute penalty for playing with an illegal stick. During the ensuing man-up advantage, Healy scored his sixth goal to give Landon a 10-5 lead, this after St. Mary's (7-5) had finished the third with consecutive goals to pull within four.

"They weren't even playing the stick; they were trying to lay me out," Falatach said.

St. Mary's also had difficulty on man-up advantages, converting just one of nine chances. Landon also killed off a 30-second two-man advantage.

"We've been coming out slow all year," Falatach said. "After they scored that first goal, it was all downhill from there."

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