`Rebuilt' John Carroll runs smoothly to 2nd title in row

No. 11 Patriots dominate Park, 12-4, to finish 16-1

MIAA B lacrosse championship

High School

May 22, 2004|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

John Carroll's boys lacrosse season began with talk that the Patriots might be rebuilding after losing all but one starter off last season's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference championship team.

Sixteen wins later, that talk has long died.

Putting away Park in a torrid first quarter yesterday, the 11th-ranked Patriots downed the Bruins, 12-4, at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium to claim their fifth overall MIAA title.

"It never crossed our minds that we were rebuilding," said Patriots senior attackman Ryan Sarigianis. "We knew from the beginning that we had a chance to win this, and that was our mentality the whole way."

Sarigianis had two goals and two assists, with two of the points coming in the Patriots' game-opening 8-1 run that carried late into the second quarter and all but put away Park (13-5), which lost to the Patriots three times this season.

"We had to control the ball better and keep our turnovers down, but they are a good team," said Bruins coach Lucky Mallonee. "They didn't go undefeated in the conference because they are a fluke."

John Carroll (16-1), whose only loss this season was to A Conference foe Friends, also got three goals from senior Liam Gettier and two each from Ryan Hamill and Bret Leppert.

It was a complete effort, as the Patriots' starting close defense of seniors Matt Scanlon and Jeff Pilarski and junior Dan Hinder and junior goalie Greg Boyle (12 saves) limited the Bruins to one goal through the first three quarters.

"It all started with our defense, from my three poles to Greg Boyle," said Patriots coach Keith Hinder. "Our defense set the tone all year and our offense kind of picked it up from there."

Park was led by junior Paul Weitz, who had a goal and an assist, but the game clearly belonged to the Patriots.

"All of our starters last year were backups, but we all got a lot of experience last season," said Boyle. "We knew how this felt and we just wanted to get back here."

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