Wagner, St. Paul's top St. Mary's, 10-9

Hit hard, junior registers tying goal, winner in OT

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 04, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

St. Paul's attackman Bart Wagner got up off the canvas to deliver the knockout blow in yesterday's 10-9 overtime victory against visiting Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference rival St. Mary's.

The junior assisted on the Crusaders' seventh and eighth goals, sent the game into overtime by scoring their ninth, and converted the game-winner at 2:50 of the extra session off a pass from Stewart Thomas.

And he did all of this after a second-quarter collision with a defender had left him dazed and on the team bench for much of the third quarter.

Wagner, who matched teammate Gavin Gill's two goals and three assists, said things "just went black" when he was leveled by St. Mary's Andrew Thorp 50 seconds before halftime, at which his No. 6 Crusaders (6-1, 2-0) trailed 5-3.

"We had to sit him for, like, five, six minutes of the second half," said coach Mitch Whiteley, whose Crusaders scored the game's last five goals. "We didn't know if he was going to come back or not."

Wagner spent much of the third quarter answering questions from trainer Bret Porter such as, "Where are you?" and "What day is it?" before being allowed to return.

"Our trainer asked me if I was 100 percent, and I told him I wasn't sure," Wagner said. "But I told him I just wanted to go back in."

Wagner's return changed the tone of the game. His consecutive feeds to John Black and Michael Cook brought the Crusaders to within 9-8 with 5:24 to play.

Wagner's game-tying goal, with a minute left, was the result of pure hustle. After a ground ball pickup, the 5-foot-9, 160-pounder emerged from a crowd, raced toward the goal and beat Jason Carter, one-on-one, from 10 yards.

"After making that first assist, I was right back into it," Wagner said. "I was just riding emotion."

Fourth-ranked St. Mary's had a 3-0 lead after one period, and a 9-6 advantage entering the fourth paced by Garrett Stanwick (two goals, two assists) and Christian Pastirik (three goals). But the Saints (3-3, 0-2) were shut out in the fourth.

The Crusaders' Thomas Zimmerman put the clamps on Stanwick; Cook effectively pressured Pastirik; and keeper Matt Landsman made 10 of his 18 saves in the second half.

St. Paul's trailed 9-8 when Landsman twice stuffed St. Mary's players - the last being All-Metro player Will Dalton from within inches of the crease.

"I got into a rhythm, I was seeing the ball great and got a feel for where they were shooting," Landsman said. "I felt like I could stop anything."

St. Paul's midfielder Kyle Lagratta won eight of 14 faceoffs, although Dalton sparked his team's overall advantage of 22-10.

"Our tempo was good in the beginning, but we didn't keep up the pace in the second half," said Stanwick, in his first game back from a shoulder injury. "We've had trouble with that in our past couple of games."

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