Perfect beginning for Gibbons

Crusaders lacrosse team off to 11-0 start

Overcoming mononucleosis, IND's Mastella shows great strength

Uqdah clears 15 feet



After going 11-11 over the past two seasons, Cardinal Gibbons' lacrosse team had won its first 11 games through Friday without a loss, including eight in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference.

During that run, junior attackmen Ryan Kearney (26 goals, 16 assists), Josh Skene (23, three) and Ben Stidman (21, five), as well as senior Matt Srour (13, 11) have led the scorers. Also contributing to an offense that has averaged 13 goals is a midfield unit led by Steven Feltner (17, six) and John Stockton (10 goals).

Defenders Antwarn Jones (three goals, one assist), Raymond Lindsay, David Maggio and Joe Ames play before junior goalkeeper Brendan Tully, a three-year starter who allows an average of four goals.

The Crusaders are coached by Jamie Carver, 33, a 1990 Calvert Hall graduate, where he was the Cardinals' top scoring senior attackman. Carver also starred as a midfielder at Essex Community College in '91 and '92, leading the squad to a national title in '91.

Carver, a 1997 Maryland graduate, where he played for coach Dick Edell in '94, was hired at Cardinal Gibbons in 2003 as a computer science instructor. During his tenure, the Crusaders have gone 6-5, then 5-6 last year.

"I attribute the team's unity and ultimately our success to our team trips," Carver said. "We've made two of them the past two seasons, including this year's to South Carolina, where we won three games."

The Crusaders also hope to make a trip to this year's MIAA C Conference title game after suffering two consecutive first-round losses.

Staying strong

Institute of Notre Dame goalie Emily Mastella has turned in a remarkable season despite recovering from mononucleosis.

The junior has a .675 save percentage and has allowed 6.0 goals per game through 14 games.

On Friday, she had 13 saves in a 14-6 victory over Chapelgate that kept the Indians in second place in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference going into their final two games.

During the Indians' win over Catholic on April 18, IND coach Amy Hoey said she noticed Mastella wasn't quite herself.

"I didn't know what was going on with her. She was kind of lethargic," Hoey said. "She still played pretty well, but she was kind of slow. [Later,] her mom told me she had been to the doctor and she was in the recovery stage of mononucleosis. She never even knew she had it."

Hoey gave Mastella a day off to rest and she came back stronger than ever against Garrison Forest, the third-place team in the C Conference. Mastella turned in one of her best performances with 15 saves, including seven in the final eight minutes to secure a 9-8 victory.

"When she does that, the defense definitely responds," Hoey said. "I don't know where she gets the strength, but she comes up with some huge saves. Every coach we go up against says, `Your goalie's amazing,' "

Uqdah at Penn Relays

Gilman senior pole vaulter Khalil Uqdah, the defending MIAA champion, recently cleared 15 feet.

Uqdah's area-best effort came in a dual meet two weeks ago in which the Greyhounds, who were ranked No. 1 at the time, defeated then-No. 2 league-rival Mount St. Joseph, 80-66.

On Saturday, Gilman scored 96 points to win its own invitational.

Uqdah has been a consistent performer for the Greyhounds, clearing 14 feet in December during the indoor track season. An A student, Uqdah also runs cross country.

All for one

Western lacrosse players Julia Ruess and Lindsey Winkler missed most of last season with broken bones, but they have come back to combine for 108 points this season.

Ruess, a senior headed for Ohio State, came back from a broken foot to score 36 goals and 18 assists while Winkler, a junior, recovered from a broken elbow to score 37 goals and 17 assists.

While the two bring added leadership and cohesiveness to the Doves, coach Sarah Hill said they merged right back into a team that has been balanced from end to end.

Miranda Bartling (28 goals, 15 assists), Briana Miles (14, 6) and Elizabeth Kopp (8, 3) also have been leaders on attack while Justine Nelson and Khalilah Joyner anchor the defense. All are important cogs in the Doves' solid transition game.

The Doves have become a strong passing team and they've gotten a boost from freshman goalie Beth Murphy after having to lift a field player to fill in the goal most of last season.

"It's very unselfish play and I love it," Hill said. "They're playing as a team and being a cohesive unit. We've developed into a great passing team. They always have their heads up. They're always looking to pass."

At 7-2, the Doves are second in the Baltimore City league, suffering both losses to Poly, including a 15-14 loss last week in which Bartling had five goals and four assists.

Lewnes honored

Four-time All-Metro wrestler Mack Lewnes of Mount St. Joseph, The Sun's two-time All-Metro Wrestler of The Year, has been named the Northeast Regional representative for the David Schultz Award, which rewards excellence in the classroom and the community.

A four-time winner of the MIAA and independent schools state titles and a two-time winner of the National Prep Wrestling Championships, Lewnes is an A-student.

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