Mount St. Joseph cruises past No. 13 Centennial, 11-3

Gargan scores 5 goals to pace No. 10 Gaels

Scherr makes 17 saves

Boys Lacrosse Showdown

April 22, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

This was supposed to be a close game -- one in which a public school boys lacrosse team had a good shot at beating a private school team at the Maryland High School Lacrosse Showdown yesterday.

Instead, No. 10 Mount St. Joseph maintained control throughout and finished with a flurry of six fourth-quarter goals to down No. 13 Centennial at Johns Hopkins, 11-3.

"We knew that a public school would come with everything it had to beat us," Gaels defenseman Matt Sparks said. "They [Centennial] had a lot of heart and desire and got some cuts but didn't make much out of them. Our zone defense was aggressive, played good position and didn't do anything crazy."

Centennial (5-3) has five offensive players who combined to score 186 goals last season, a Class 2A-1A state championship season. Those five players combined to score only twice yesterday.

"We just didn't take high-percentage shots," Eagles coach Mike Siegert said. "We expected to see a zone defense, but we just didn't execute. We stood around without the ball. I don't know why."

Mount St. Joseph (5-5), whose best win this season was over McDonogh, is an inexperienced team that graduated 16 seniors, including Brendan Mundorf (58 goals).

Coach Tony Brockmeyer said the offense has struggled from inexperience. "Every day we learn a little more about the concept of offense, and hopefully in the second half of our season some of that takes hold."

Brian Gargan, the Gaels' top scorer, had five goals yesterday, including five of the first seven.

"Brian runs the offense and tries to make things happen for us," Brockmeyer said.

Gargan said: "Our defense gets us fired up and motivates the offense to do well. They step it up whenever they need to."

The defense held the high-scoring Eagles to one goal in the first half as the Gaels took a 4-1 lead. Gaels goalkeeper Tom Scherr made 17 saves.

"He [Scherr] came up with some big saves from the 8-yard range, and if he doesn't, it could have been a different game," Brockmeyer said. "We respected their attack. We wanted to slow their transition."

Ben Mundorf scored the first of five straight fourth-quarter goals for the Gaels off a transition.

"Our defense did a fairly good job until late in the third quarter," Siegert said.

Centennial also lost to McDonogh (6-4) and Severna Park (14-7) this season.

"We wanted to step up our level of competition and we did so unsuccessfully," Siegert said.

Sparks said: "This win makes us feel good, but we can't focus on it too much because we have Boys' Latin [today]."

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