Little Frank big weapon as J. Carroll downs Park

5-7 junior's four goals, draws drive 14-4 victory

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 29, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

A junior second-team All-Metro running back last fall when he led John Carroll to a league title, Dane Frank, at 5 feet 7, 155 pounds, admits "I may be too small" to play football in college.

In Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference lacrosse, however, there's no one with a bigger heart.

Visiting Park had no answer for Frank in yesterday's 14-4 rout - no answer for his skills in the faceoff circle, the bursts of speed with which he jump-started the transition, or his penchant for putting the ball in the back of the net.

Frank won 11 of his 14 draws and scored his four goals during a first half in which the Patriots built a 9-2 lead. John Carroll's eighth goal came after Frank took the faceoff, sprinted past a defense that was on its heels and froze keeper Brad Mendleson (17 saves) with a quick flick that made the net ripple.

Like his stature and his ability to cover ground, Frank's explanation of his efforts was short and fleeting.

"I like it that we're a fast team," said Frank, who is 10 pounds heavier than he weighed for football. "I like it to be an up-tempo game."

In raising their record to 10-0 both in the conference and overall and winning their 18th consecutive game, the 11th-ranked defending champs also received ample offense from Ryan Sarginnis (four goals, one assist), Liam Gettier (two goals, two assists) and Brett Leppert (two goals).

Frank and Ryan Hamill combined to take 15 of the 21 overall draws, assisted by the wing play of midfielders Billy Boniface, Mike Taeliaferri and Phil Pons.

Their efforts overcame that of Park's Mendleson, who held the Patriots scoreless in the third quarter with eight saves. J.J. Baylin had all of Park's goals.

John Carroll defender Matt Scanlon, the only returning starter from last year's 14-1 squad, scored his fourth goal of the season against a team coach Keith Hinder considers the Patriots' chief threat.

Scanlon, bound for Fairfield, did this while anchoring a defense comprised of John Vigliotti (one goal), Dan Hinder, Jeff Pilarski, Ryan Ireton and keeper Greg Boyle (16 saves). The Patriots have allowed an average of four goals per outing and no more than six in any game.

"We graduated a lot of seniors, but our juniors and sophomores are stepping it up," said Scanlon, whose Patriots twice defeated Park by one goal last year. "They're the best team in the conference besides us, and they've been our rivals the past couple of years. It feels real good to beat them."

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