Strong third quarter lifts Mount St. Joe to 15-4 win

Gaels' 7-0 run breaks tie at half with Mt. Hebron

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 09, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

At halftime, Mount St. Joseph lacrosse coach Tony Brockmeyer delivered an impassioned speech to his team.

The No. 12 Gaels were tied with unranked Mount Hebron at the time, and Brockmeyer was wondering what was going on. Could his team be the same one that lost by just a single goal to No. 2 Gilman?

Granted, the visiting Gaels were depleted with five injuries, including midfielders Pat McElvaney (broken leg) and A.J. Bartlinski (torn anterior cruciate ligament), but the talented private school team fully expected to dominate a public school like Mount Hebron.

"We thought it wouldn't be that hard a game because of the private vs. public thing," said Gaels captain and senior midfielder Patrick Wyatt, who'll play at UMBC next season. "But then we realized they could hang with us."

Brockmeyer's speech lit a fire under the Gaels as they scored seven unanswered third-period goals to break the 4-4 halftime tie and go on to a 15-4 victory.

Mount St. Joe (3-2) outshot Mount Hebron (1-1) in the third quarter, 13-1, and for the game, 33-14.

"I only have one of those speeches in me a season," said Brockmeyer, when asked if he could duplicate the speech against future Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association foes. "Mount Hebron came out ready to play and we weren't. We had a gut check at halftime, especially the attack, and they responded."

Eight Gaels scored goals, with Patrick March and Chris Kenney leading the way with three each. Three players scored two goals apiece, including Sam Eitel, Wyatt and Dan Holub.

Colin Kendall's two goals sparked the Vikings to a 3-2 lead after the first quarter.

"We came out with more intensity than they did and outplayed them in the first half," said Kendall. "Then we got too satisfied with the way we played in the first half. The offense started throwing it away and putting too much pressure on the defense."

Not only did the Gaels have superior depth, they had far superior size. Mount Hebron lacks size on its attack.

"That wears you down," said Vikings coach Tom Minard. "But it was nice for our confidence to be able to play that kind of a first half against a quality team like St. Joe."

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