Patterson turns tables on Carver for city title

Matthews, defense lead Clippers to 16-11 victory

Boys lacrosse

High School

May 08, 2002|By Sam Atkinson | Sam Atkinson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The weight was lifted from Patterson senior P.J. Matthews' shoulders yesterday as his teammates pitched in to help the Clippers avenge their only loss of the season.

Matthews scored seven goals and had one assist to pace Patterson to a 16-11 victory over Carver for the Baltimore City boys lacrosse championship.

"Last time we played them, I had eight goals. I put it all on my shoulders. But my teammates today stepped up and we came through," Matthews said.

Carver defeated Patterson at home, 14-12, earlier this season.

Seniors Richard Dodd (four goals, two assists) and Charles Caughman (three and three) helped to support Matthews' eight-point game, and a strong defensive performance helped lead the Clippers (10-1) to their fifth city title in seven years.

"The seniors on this team have been through the battles before, so they understand the big-game situations from not only lacrosse but other sports," said Patterson's first-year head coach, Harry Martin. "They understand at home we never lose, and it's very tough for a team to beat us twice in a season."

It was Carver (9-3) that struck first, just 22 seconds into the opening quarter, on a bounce shot from Jerrell Ingram, one of his team-high five goals.

Patterson answered with four straight goals, three coming from the combo of Matthews and Caughman.

Carver's Dwight Burgess cut the Clippers' lead in half at the 1:39 mark, only to watch Caughman score 12 seconds later off the ensuing faceoff.

Matthews and Caughman each scored a goal early in the second quarter to build the Patterson lead to 7-2 and force the Bears to call time.

Burgess scored his second of three goals from the left side of the cage to spark a Carver rally. The Bears outscored the Clippers 4-3 in the final 10 minutes of the quarter to go into halftime down 10-6.

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