Austin Boykin scored four of his five goals in the first half, Chris Kunhardt made 16 saves, and Cliff Larkin had a goal and four assists in yesterday's 9-6 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference victory by host St. Paul's over defending champ McDonogh.
Sparked by Boykin and Blair Berger, the sixth-ranked Crusaders (15-2, 5-2) won 13 of 15 faceoffs. Kunhardt and defenders Tyler Boykin, Francis Smyth and John Windsor held the Eagles to their lowest goal total of the year.
Andrew Feinberg (two goals, one assist) and Tim Brandau (two goals) led the fourth-ranked Eagles (10-3, 3-3), who were coming off Tuesday's 13-12 loss at No. 1 Boys' Latin, a rematch of last year's title game.
"We were able to play an effective zone defense, and we were able to slow it down and be patient on offense," said Austin Boykin, a Cornell-bound senior whose team led 5-1 at halftime. "We had a lot of success on the faceoffs. Between Blair and myself, we probably only lost two."
Nathan Matthews (two goals, one assist) and Pat Sweeney (two assists) also contributed to the third straight victory by the Crusaders, who were 11-0 before losing to Gilman, 11-9, on April 4. The Crusaders then defeated Loyola, 8-7, before losing to Calvert Hall, 9-8.
"This was a big game for us," Austin Boykin said. "It gives us back some momentum."