Known more for his football skills, Patterson's Phillip Matthews showed yesterday why he also plans to play lacrosse at Division III Mount Ida College in Boston.
Matthews scored four goals and had two assists in a 13-10 win at Baltimore City rival Walbrook, helping the Clippers (6-1) stay in the league title chase with Carver. As the Clippers built a 6-1 lead with 3:15 left in the first half, Phillips was a balanced scorer with two each in goals and assists.
"In lacrosse, just like football, you can play quarterback," said the 6-foot-2 Matthews. "You have to get your team involved. Sometimes, you take it all on your shoulders. Other times, you take the hit to make a pass or a pitch."
Unlike last week's 14-12 loss at Carver, in which Matthews scored eight goals, he was hardly a one-man team during yesterday's game, which was interrupted for 20 minutes by lightning and a brief downpour.
Patterson's Richard Dodd (three goals, three assists), David Brunetti (three, two) and Chris Rodriguez (one, two) all contributed. Dodd had 20 ground balls, Brunetti 19, and Matthews, 18.
"Carver held me and Richard to one goal combined," said Brunetti, who took eight of the 10 faceoffs Patterson won. "Today was all about heart, proving we can win a championship."
Walbrook was led by Steve Hill (five goals, one assist). Brenton Walker and Quincy Page scored a goal each. Daron Lane won the game's first six faceoffs and 14 of 24 overall.
"They didn't do anything spectacular. We just didn't come out to play," said Hill. "They were fired up and just played smarter."
Walbrook outshot Patterson 20-11 in the first half, but missed often and trailed 7-3 at the intermission. Walbrook (5-2) twice blew man-advantage scoring chances in the third period a defense of Thomas Smith, David Grundahl and Marques Thompson.
"When the ball is on the ground, you have to want to go get it and put it in the goal," said Walbrook coach Anthony Ryan. "We had good shots, good looks, we just didn't make it happen."
During a two-minute man advantage in the third period, Clippers goalie Gino Zarro (14 saves) made two point-blank stops. Zarro faced a two-man disadvantage for two minutes when Dodd intercepted a pass, went the length of the field and scored for an 11-6 Patterson lead entering the fourth period.
"We didn't capitalize on the penalties," Lane said. "They wanted it more and pulled it out."