St. Paul's roars back, tops Boys' Latin, 11-10

Whiteley's pep talk hits home as Crusaders rally, halt 10-game run of No. 1

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

May 08, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

His St. Paul's squad trailed by four goals early in the second quarter when Crusaders coach Mitch Whiteley called a timeout and admonished his players.

"I won't go into what he said, but he made his point," said junior midfielder Jason Donati. "Let's just say it was very colorful, and it got us fired up."

Whiteley sparked his fifth-ranked Crusaders to a come-from-behind 11-10 win at top-ranked Boys' Latin in a regular-season-ending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game.

In victory, the Crusaders (15-3, 8-2) earned the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye for the playoffs, the quarterfinal rounds of which will begin Friday at St. Paul's. In defeat, the Lakers (15-2, 8-2) had to settle for the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye. Their 10-game winning streak also came to an end.

"There's something to be said for getting a bye in the playoffs, but give credit to St. Paul's," said coach Bobby Shriver, whose Lakers were led by Chris Boland (three goals, two assists) and Davey Melera and Tad Stanwick (two goals and an assist each).

"We got an easy 4-0 lead and took it for granted," Shriver said. "They kept playing hard, and we didn't respond."

Donati (three goals, two assists) sparked the four-goal run that burned the Lakers, assisting on the first by Bart Wagner (three goals, one assist) and scoring the second off a pass from Gavin Gill (one goal, five assists). Johnny Black tied the score at 4 for the half on feeds from Wagner and Gill.

Gill also fed Wagner for the first and fourth goals in the Crusaders' second 4-0 run, which turned a 6-5 deficit into a 9-6 advantage with 11:47 to play.

Sandwiched between them was a diving, unassisted goal by Chas Carlson, who spun around a defender on the crease before slipping an off-balance shot past Charles Floeckher (11 saves) for the Crusaders' first lead, 7-6.

Then, after two near-misses, Carlson fed Donati for an 8-6 lead with one second left in the third period.

"That was the turning point," Carlson said. "That was huge."

Boys' Latin converted on only two of eight extra-man opportunities against a zone defense anchored by Sam Slater, Thomas Zimmerman, Andy Coutts, Matt Kogelschatz, Pike Howard and goalie Matt Landsman, who made nine of his 14 saves over the second and third periods.

The Lakers also were hurt by a three-minute penalty for the use of an illegal stick, a stretch during which they were outscored 3-2 at the start of the fourth quarter. Down 11-8, the Lakers closed the gap but couldn't force overtime.

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