Second half all St. Paul's in 8-3 victory over Severn

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

March 31, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

St. Paul's transition game got untracked in the second half and its defense turned it up a notch in an 8-3 victory over host Severn yesterday.

It was the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference boys lacrosse opener for both teams.

Seniors Zach Thomas and Stu Thomas combined for five goals and junior Greg Seaman contributed one as the No. 6 Crusaders (5-1) dominated the No. 11 Admirals (2-2) over the last 24 minutes, outscoring them 6-0.

"We just didn't play well," said Severn's first-year coach, John Tucker. "They came out in the second half and went right after it."

Severn had a 3-2 lead at the half on goals by Ryan Brassel, Zach Dunigan and Jack Rosson, and was playing its game of spreading the field and slowing things down.

St. Paul's got off 18 of its 34 shots in the first half, but had only the two goals. Severn's sophomore goalie, Brian Phipps, who had 14 saves in the game, rejected six shots.

"We had just a disastrous first half," said St. Paul's coach Mitch Whiteley.

"We were confused and awful, but we adjusted at the half and had a good third period."

Stu Thomas started the second half with a game-tying goal less than a minute in and, three minutes later, Seaman gave the Crusaders the lead for good at 4-3.

Bart Wagner, who had three assists, flipped to Seaman, who bounced a shot off the shoulder of Phipps and into the net.

Three more goals and St. Paul's had a 7-3 lead to take into the final period.

St. Paul's defense, led by seniors Thomas Zimmerman, Chol Mueller and Pike Howard, then smothered Severn's attack. Goalie Matt Landsman had eight of his 11 saves in the second half.

"We just realized that we had to come out ready to play in the second half, " said Howard.

"They [Severn] tried to slow it down, but our defense was pretty patient and our offense picked it up."

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