Friends regains stride at Festival

Quakers send Hereford and Catonsville to defeat

Lacrosse

High Schools

April 11, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Coming off a nine-goal loss to rival Boys' Latin, junior Peter Whitney of Friends said his team needed "a confidence boost."

Whitney can give himself a huge pat on the back for his effort in yesterday's round-robin Friends Festival.

As part of a nearly flawless offense, the attackman combined for 12 points in routs of Catonsville and 13th-ranked and defending Class 2A-1A state champion Hereford.

Whitney had three goals and three assists in a 12-5 victory over Hereford, and scored once with five assists in a 13-2 rout of Catonsville (2-3). Over two games, all but four of the Quakers' goals were assisted.

Friends' Randall Cooper had five goals and three assists in the two games, followed by Colin Molloy with seven assists. Ben Barchey scored five times, and Matt Davis, four times.

"They weren't pressuring us as much," Milloy said. "Their second slides were a little slower, and we were able to find a lot of openings right on the crease."

Even without injured two-year starter Nick Silbergeld (rib damage), Friends' defense endured behind Eric Dang, Ian Morton, Will Totten and Jesse Handler. Goalie Robert Wheeler had 15 saves against Hereford.

Coach Rich Seiler said his Quakers set a goal to qualify for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference playoffs for the first time since moving up from the B Conference in 2000.

Hereford (4-1) rebounded to win its second matchup, 10-9, over O'Connell of Virginia. Second-team All-Metro player Bret Yoder had three goals and five assists in two games.

O'Connell (2-6) edged Catonsville, 10-7, in their matchup.

No. 3 McDonogh 12, No. 8 Dulaney 8: The Eagles never trailed in beating the Lions in the first round of the McDonogh Tournament, which they later won with a 13-6 victory over Virginia's Woodberry Forest.

Against Dulaney, McDonogh led 7-2 at halftime and went ahead 8-2 on an unassisted goal from senior captain Skylar Hopkins (three goals, one assist).

In the final against Woodberry Forest -- a team that entered unbeaten outside of a March loss to Boys' Latin -- the Eagles led by as many as nine and received three-goal performances from Hopkins and Eric Loeb.

Girls

No. 13 Seton Keough 9, No. 9 Century 8: Megan Carver scored with 5:23 left to give the Gators a come-from-behind win. Carver scored Seton Keough's final two goals as it rallied from an early two-goal deficit in the McDonogh Tournament.

Lauren Schwarzmann had a goal and three assists for Century, which then scored a 12-7 victory over McDonogh in its second game. Seton Keough beat South Carroll, 12-3, in its second game. South Carroll also scored an 11-5 win over McDonogh in its initial game of the round-robin tournament, which had no champion.

No. 1 Notre Dame Prep 13, Dulaney 7: In the Baltimore Showcase at Dulaney, the Blazers went more than 13 minutes without a goal to start the game before righting themselves and pulling away from the Lions.

Earlier in the day, the hosts knocked off 13th-ranked Hereford, 20-9, on the strength of six goals from senior Alice Hughey.

Notre Dame Prep beat Hereford, 19-5, in the other round-robin game.

Jeff Seidel and staff reports contributed to this article.

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