Gvozden no match for McDonogh as Severna Park falls

Falcons keeper puts on 20-save show at Hopkins, but Eagles too much, 15-3

Maryland Lacrosse Showdown

April 17, 2005|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Severna Park's Mike Gvozden was blurred futility.

There were shots that caromed off the goalie's chest. He stopped others by cradling them in the webbing of his stick or deflected them by pinching his legs together. The slender, 5-foot-11 junior stretched to kick balls away, leaped high to pluck them from the air or raked his stick from one side of the goal to the other to literally sweep them off the artificial surface.

But there was precious little the two-time All-Anne Arundel County keeper could do yesterday at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field - not with top-ranked McDonogh firing with a precision Gvozden isn't likely to see for the rest of the season against the public schools he will face.

Gvozden finished with 20 saves in three quarters of work in a 15-3 rout by McDonogh. The Eagles' top scorers were Colins Cary (four goals, two assists), Jeremy Sieverts (four assists), Travis Reed (two goals, two assists), Porter Curran (three goals), Jimmy Daly (two goals) and Garrett Schaab (one goal, one assist).

Gvozden had stopped 15 of 23 shots with his team down 8-1 in the second period and 17 of 31 at halftime when it trailed 10-1 - all with Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala watching the Maryland Lacrosse Showdown from the stands.

"I saw [Pietramala] up there. Win or lose, just to play on Homewood Field is a dream," said Gvozden, who has orally committed to play for the Blue Jays. "I gave it everything I had, but every kid on their team can shoot. And when they're doing it from 5, 10 feet in front of your face, it's a real fun day."

Considered Maryland's top private school, McDonogh (15-0) had an overall 42-12 advantage in shots against Severna Park (5-1), which went on to win last year's 4A-3A public school state title long after losing, 15-4, to the Eagles. Ahead 14-2 entering yesterday's fourth quarter, McDonogh coach Jake Reed subbed in his reserves.

"[Gvozden's] a great goalie, and I couldn't get anything past him, but I was able to find the open guys a lot and feed it to them," said Sieverts, whose Eagles were playing at Johns Hopkins for the second time this year. "The game's a lot quicker playing here and we had so many shots. Our attack was moving the ball, scoring in unsettled situations. We did all the right things today."

Coach Reed was an All-American in 1977 for the University of Maryland, where Severna Park coach Jimmy Beardmore was named national Goalkeeper of The Year as a Terps' senior in 1987. A three-time collegiate All-American, Beardmore coached McDonogh keeper Joe Pike (six saves) over the summer.

"It's great to come out and play against them. Gvozden's a good goalie and [Beardmore is] a great guy," said Pike, who is headed for Harvard. "We took a lot of shots, but it's hard to get a good one by [Gvozden.]"

No. 2 St. Paul's 15, No. 14 Dulaney 4: Craig Andrzjewski had two goals and four assists, Bart Wagner scored four times and Pat Sweeney and Greg Seaman scored three times each in a rout by the Crusaders (10-1) over the Lions (4-3).

Dulaney's Mike Lafferty had two assists and Andrew Fisher had a goal and an assist.

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