St. Paul's experiencing success

Despite youth, Gators girls in thick of lacrosse race

Loyola boys on 4-game roll

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April 15, 2003|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

The St. Paul's girls lacrosse team opened this season with a lot of questions. Although the Gators had enough promise to be ranked No. 14 in preseason, they were young and had a freshman goalie and new coach.

They started tentatively, falling to No. 10 Catonsville, 14-7, before tying Maryvale, 7-7.

Then, last Thursday, the Gators leaped right into the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference hunt with an 11-8 victory over preseason favorite and then-No. 5 Notre Dame Prep.

After yesterday's 9-8 win over McDonogh, the No. 11 Gators improved to 6-3-1 overall and 4-1-1 in the conference.

The victory over NDP was the second time the Gators had fought back from an early deficit but the first time they won. They trailed NDP 3-0, before settling down and playing with patience.

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"We fought back and took care of the ball," said coach Jim Stromberg. "Once we were patient and got good shots, we scored."

Leading 7-5 at the half, the Gators controlled the draw and slowed things down. Annie Wagner led the way with three goals.

Earlier in the week, the Gators' rally fell short against No. 3 Roland Park. They fell behind 7-1, but could only come within 9-6.

"We came into the season really young," said Stromberg, who starts three seniors. "The freshmen are doing well, but they're still freshmen going against bigger, stronger, more experienced kids. We're growing and getting better and we're focusing toward the end of the season."

Even though Stromberg often starts three sophomores and two freshmen in the back, the defense has been keeping the Gators in games, including a 10-6 win over Great Valley, Pa., and a 7-5 loss to Shawnee, N.J., over the weekend at Mount Hebron's tournament.

Freshman Charlotte Ahearn has held down some of the league's top scorers while Jackie Blucher, Elizabeth Schwarcz, Jill Whitty, goalie Lydia Sanza and junior Leslie Koch have allowed only one opponent to score in double figures.

Top scorer Wagner (27 goals, four assists), Tierney Hoover and midfielders Megan del Monte, Alexandra Eagan and Claire Edelen have been keys to the attack.

It doesn't get any easier this week as they play host to No. 9 St. Mary's today at 3:45 p.m.

MIAA lacrosse

Since being shut down, 12-5, by No. 1 Boys' Latin, third-ranked Loyola has scored 66 goals (an average of 16.5 a game) in four straight victories.

The Dons raised their overall record to 5-2 (4-2 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference) and moved into second place in the league's Division II behind Boys' Latin (9-1, 5-1).

On Sunday, Loyola scored a 14-12 victory over visiting St. Mary's, which entered the game ranked No. 2 by The Sun, but slipped to No. 4 after the loss.

Against St. Mary's, the Dons received balanced scoring from attackmen Ben Rubeor (three goals, two assists) and Andrew Baird (two, one), as well as midfielders Casey Mulford (four goals), Chase Gahan (two, one), Sam Wagner (three assists) and Emrys Darrell (one, one).

Loyola's Pat Vaughan had 11 saves in a game that was close before the Dons opened a five-goal fourth-period lead (14-9) and hung on for the win.

The matchup was originally going to be played at St. Mary's on Friday, but rain caused poor field conditions at the Saints' Weems Whalen Field, forcing the relocation to Loyola, where St. Mary's is winless in its lifetime.

Today, Loyola has a non-divisional game at seventh-ranked Mount St. Joseph (4-2, 2-3). The Gaels are coming off a 5-4 upset of then-fifth-ranked McDonogh (10-3, 2-3), which has beaten Loyola, 11-10.

A Loyola victory, coupled with a loss by Boys' Latin at second-ranked Calvert Hall (8-2, 4-2) of Division I, would move the Dons into a first-place tie with the Lakers in Division II.

Boys' Latin has won five straight games since losing, 5-3, to No. 5 Gilman (4-2, 3-2), which is in third place in Division I. Calvert Hall has won four straight since losing to St. Mary's, 11-10, and now is tied with the Saints for first place in Division I.

St. Mary's and Boys Latin are unbeaten in their divisions.

Blown away

Last weekend's second annual Baltimore Invitational Regatta was canceled after the first race because of high winds.

Institute of Notre Dame coach Mike McEwan said one freshman race managed to finish, but with the blustery winds blowing across the Middle Branch near the Baltimore Rowing Club, it took too long to line the boats up for the start, so the regatta could not continue.

The local teams -- Bryn Mawr, IND, Roland Park and St. Paul's -- will get another shot at each other April 26 when they hold their informal Baltimore championships, beginning at 8 a.m. on the Middle Branch course that runs under the Hanover Street bridge.

Bares lead St. Paul's

Led by brothers Tyler and Trip Bare, St. Paul's golf team defeated Woodberry Forest, the Virginia State champion, 14.5-13.5, on Saturday at Caves Valley Golf Club.

Trip Bare shot an even-par 72.

Bound for nationals

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