Cooking up the right plan, Spalding roasts Park, 20-5

Cavs avenge league loss

9 goals from Dixon, Platt

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

May 01, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

On Monday night, Archbishop Spalding's lacrosse team gathered at Kyle Dixon's home in Millersville for a pre-game meal of ziti baked by his mother.

Yesterday, the host Cavaliers decided to do their own cooking, routing Park, 20-5.

Dixon (five goals, five assists) and Derek Platt (four, six) had 10 points each, and Pat Donovan and Matt Latonick each collected four goals and an assist as Spalding burned its Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference rival for its ninth straight victory.

Defending champion Spalding (13-4, 6-1) ended an eight-game winning streak by Park (9-2, 7-1) and avenged an earlier, 10-8 loss. The Cavaliers collectively simmered while reviewing a video of that upset at Dixon's house.

"We had no intensity," Platt said. "We had to watch them celebrate afterward."

Said Dixon: "They're a good team, but we didn't take them seriously."

But Dixon showed some serious moves yesterday, including a jaw-dropping shot early in the third quarter.

Dixon, the University of Virginia's top midfield recruit, was in a full sprint and had already reared back to shoot from his right side when he spotted an oncoming defender, smoothly switched his stick to the left side and ripped a 12-yard shot past goalie Spencer Hickok (16 saves). And Dixon did it all without breaking stride.

"Other players slow down for shots like those," said Spalding coach Walt Blahut. "But Kyle can do it all: play attack, midfield, defense. His best lacrosse is ahead of him."

But the rout was about more than Kyle Dixon. It was about erasing the memory of the loss that ruined Spalding's dream of an unbeaten league season. Blahut has called this year's team "the best Spalding's ever had," but said his Cavaliers had been taking their talent for granted.

"Since that game, the kids were determined to settle a score," Blahut said. "They came out on fire."

Spalding outshot Park 30-6 en route to a 13-0 halftime lead. The defense of David Forte, Matt Cornell, Ryan Mona, Evan Klein and freshman goalie Matt Antonelli (eight saves) shut down Park's Dan Flamholz, Ross Nochumowitz, Jason Trout and Adam Zetzer, who totaled 11 points in its earlier win.

Park scored once in 10 extra-man opportunities and was up a man when Latonick stole a pass, sprinted through the defense and fed Dixon on the doorstep for an 11-0 lead. Park trailed 15-0 before scoring in the third period.

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