No. 5 St. Paul's beats No. 2 Loyola in lacrosse

Spalding's Germuth halts St. Paul's in baseball, 2-1


High Schools

May 05, 2004|By Sam Atkinson | Sam Atkinson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The defensive game plan for the fifth-ranked St. Paul's lacrosse team was to hold No. 2 Loyola's one-two scoring punch of Andrew Baird and Ben Rubeor to as little as possible. This is no easy task considering the first-team All-Metro attackmen combined for 144 points last season.

The Crusaders' defense came through yesterday, limiting the tandem to three points as host St. Paul's squeaked out an 8-7 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference victory.

"They played really well. They knew what we were going to do and we just didn't play hard enough," Baird said. "We need other people to step up because the same guys can't do it every time."

St. Paul's (14-3, 7-2) took sole possession of second place in the A Conference. It will close out its regular season Friday on the road against top-ranked Boys' Latin, which is in first place.

"This win means a great deal because now it comes down to Friday," said St. Paul's coach Mitch Whiteley, regarding the MIAA playoffs. "Hopefully, we can do well against Boys' Latin and come out with a win so we can get one of the byes."

The top two teams get byes for the tournament.

Loyola (10-3, 6-3) will enter its Friday matchup with No. 4 Calvert Hall with a two-game losing streak on its mind.

"It's a wake-up call," said Baird. "Calvert Hall better watch out because we are going to be gunning for them. This was not us today. This was not us at all."

The Crusaders jumped to a 4-0 lead with 8:33 left in the first half. Loyola countered with a 3-0 run to trail 4-3 at halftime.

Loyola's Tom Melanson (13-for-19 on faceoffs) won the opening draw in the third quarter, and 15 seconds later, Rubeor tied the score at 4.

But Crusaders junior attackman Gavin Gill (two goals, two assists) squashed the Loyola momentum in a 23-second span in the third quarter. He scored a goal and assisted on Bart Wagner's extra-man goal that put St. Paul's up for good.


No. 7 Archbishop Spalding 2, No. 15 St. Paul's 1: In a matchup of two of the metro area's top pitchers, Andrew Germuth out-dueled Steve Johnson, helping the Cavaliers (17-6, 11-3) take sole possession of second place in the MIAA A Conference.

Spalding is within a half game of No. 2 Calvert Hall (17-6, 11-2) and a half game up on third-place Mount St. Joseph (18-4, 11-4), which lost yesterday to McDonogh, 6-3.

St. Paul's fell to 17-11, 7-6.

Germuth pitched a five-hitter with six strikeouts and one walk on 91 pitches for the visiting Cavaliers. His counterpart allowed eight hits, struck out eight and walked one on 94 pitches.

Spalding's senior catcher, Justin Perry, singled in the winning run with two outs in the top of the fifth.

Sun staff writer Pat O'Malley contributed to this article.

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