Spalding goal in OT sends John Carroll to first loss

Boys lacrosse

April 30, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

No heads went down on the visiting Archbishop Spalding side after John Carroll scored just before the final horn to send yesterday's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference game into overtime.

Instead, the Cavaliers stayed focused on the task at hand, and when an opportunity came in overtime, Matt Latonick was right where he needed to be to pounce on it.

Latonick scooped up a rebound in front and scored his third goal of the game - 36 seconds into the extra time to send the visiting Cavaliers to an 8-7 win.

Spalding's win avenged a 9-7 setback to John Carroll earlier in the season and handed the Patriots their first loss after six straight wins. The Cavaliers are 11-5 overall and 5-2 in the B Conference, while the Patriots go to 5-1 in the conference.

"You've got to give credit to our kids - they worked hard throughout, even when things weren't going our way. We always tell them to work hard and good things will happen," said Spalding coach Walt Blahut.

After John Carroll's Drew Westervelt whistled a shot past Matt Antonelli (13 saves) in the final second of regulation, good things followed for the visitors.

Antonelli, strong throughout to keep the Cavaliers close, turned away a shot from Westervelt at one end and then Latonick went to work at the other after John Carroll goalie Brian Vierheller handled a shot from Adam Marsh.

"I saw it come off on the rebound and went for it as hard as I could. You just got to give it your all - I saw it on the ground and went for it," said Latonick.

The Cavaliers took a 7-6 lead into the fourth quarter and were effective in maintaining possession and working the clock. The Patriots had one final possession with under a minute to play, but an errant pass with 14 seconds left gave the ball back to Spalding.

Antonelli sent the ball to midfield with the seconds winding down, but Brett Leppert collected it through and then looked ahead to Westervelt, who scored from 15 yards.

"That just shows we never back down - never quit," said John Carroll coach Keith Hinder. "You have to give credit to Spalding. We made a lot of mistakes and they took advantage."

Man-advantage goals from Kyle Fortman and Marsh in the final 31 seconds of the first quarter gave the Cavaliers a 3-1 lead that extended to 4-1 on a goal from Andrew Parsons to open the second quarter. The Patriots got two goals back to close within 4-3 at the half, and neither team could build more than a one-goal lead in the second half.

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