Showdown pits battle of unbeatens in girls lacrosse

St. Paul's plays Dulaney at Hopkins on Saturday


High Schools

April 14, 2005|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

With one-goal games and overtime decisions becoming the theme of this girls lacrosse season, Saturday's Maryland High School Lacrosse Showdown at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field should offer more intrigue.

In a battle of unbeaten teams, No. 2 St. Paul's plays No. 7 Dulaney at noon.

St. Paul's nipped No. 5 Severn, 7-5, Tuesday and has beaten No. 5 Notre Dame Prep and Maryvale by one goal. Dulaney, on the other hand, has overtime wins over then-No. 4 North Harford and Catonsville, as well as a one-goal win over NDP.

The Showdown opener features a rematch of last year's 8-7 thriller between No. 1 Mount Hebron and Roland Park at 10 a.m. The unbeaten Vikings have yet to be tested, while the Reds have dropped three one-goal games.

On the boys side, the Showdown boasts four of the area's best, with No. 2 St. Paul's taking on No. 14 Dulaney at 2 p.m., followed by No. 1 McDonogh against No. 7 Severna Park.

The McDonogh-Severna Park game will feature two of the area's premier goalies in McDonogh's senior All-Baltimore County selection Joe Pike, and the Falcons' junior two-time All-Anne Arundel County pick Mike Gvozden.

Gvozden is a third-year starter, having anchored the Falcons to last year's 4A-3A crown after they were runners-up during his freshman year.

Pike, who is headed for Harvard, leads an Eagles team that is ranked No. 1 for the first time since 1999, when McDonogh won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference crown - its first lacrosse title since 1939.

Nelson leads Western

Western senior Julia Nelson started her career as a defender on the girls lacrosse team but proved so valuable on the attacking end that coach Sarah Hill moved her to center.

Nelson responded with 19 goals and six assists in the Doves' first four games.

"I'd feel comfortable putting her at any position," Hill said. "She had such great knowledge of the game, and she's a soccer player and such an athlete. She's so versatile."

Nelson, who has been a team captain for three years, has helped the Doves to a 3-1 record, with their only loss to Poly. The rematch will come April 25.

Gaels drop Hall

Garnell Hall, The Sun's Baltimore City Performer of the Year in indoor track this past winter, has been dismissed from the No. 9 Mount St. Joseph track team, according to coach Gene Constantine.

Hall was the MIAA champion in the 300-meter run and was nationally ranked in the event this past winter, but Constantine said the junior was cut three weeks ago for missing too many practices.

"I'm a disciplinarian," Constantine said. "If you don't show up, you don't run."

Hall did not return a request for comment.

Cardinals flying high

Calvert Hall left no doubt last week why it is The Sun's top-ranked baseball team.

"I thought it was an exceptional week," said coach Lou Eckerl after his Cardinals (13-1) won five games, the closest a 12-7 victory over McDonogh, to run their winning streak to 13.

In their past six games, the Cardinals have averaged 12.8 runs while yielding 3.7 runs per game.

Catcher Joe Velleggia led the rampage with four of his nine hits in 15 at-bats going for extra bases, including two homers. Velleggia knocked in 13 runs in the 5-0 week.

Sun staff writers Edward Lee and Pat O'Malley contributed to this article.

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