Chapelgate: triumphant return, 9-6

Surprisingly back in final, depleted Flames defeat Gibbons to win conference

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High Schools

May 25, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

If anyone told Chapelgate coach Darrell Drown that his Flames, in their fifth year, would make a second straight title game appearance, he would have had a quick reply: "I'd have told them, `You're crazy,'" he said.

But the Flames did more than get back to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference championship game.

Alex Hahn's three goals and three assists led the Flames to their first title, 9-6, over Cardinal Gibbons yesterday at Johns Hopkins University's Homewood Field.

Kenny Phelan scored four times for the Crusaders (15-5), who had split regular-season victories with the Flames (16-7). The season was one of unanticipated success for the Flames, who graduated 11 players from last year's runner-up team.

"Looking at the team returning from last year, I didn't think we were going to make it back here again," said senior defender Ben Bengfort, adding many players began training earlier and playing summer lacrosse.

"The season opened, and we came out real strong," Bengfort said. "By the middle of the season, we were in first place. Getting back here and winning was the most important thing. It feels great."

Stu Filar (three goals, one), Ryan Eglseder (two, one) and Andrew Carman (one, one) also contributed for the Flames.

Goals: G-Phelan 4, Hattrup, McCurley. C-Hahn 3, Filar 3, Eglseder 2, Carman. Assists: G-none. C- Hahn 3, Carmen, Eglseder, Sandusky, Filar, Merena. Saves: G-Benko 14. C-Jeffries 15. Half: 5-3, C.

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