Crusaders improve to 12-0

Cardinal Gibbons 10 Towson Catholic 9

Boys lacrosse


Ryan Kearney's fourth goal 40 seconds into overtime lifted unbeaten Cardinal Gibbons to a come-from-behind, 10-9 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference victory over visiting Towson Catholic yesterday.

Ben Stidham and John Stockton each scored twice, and Matt Srour and Josh Skene each had a goal and an assist for the Crusaders (12-0, 9-0), who trailed 4-0 after one quarter, 7-1 early in the third and 8-4 entering the fourth.

"Their goalie stopped like our first eight shots and it seemed like Towson Catholic didn't miss a shot in the first half," said Kearney, whose three assists raised his team-leading totals to 30 goals and 20 assists on the year. "We were asleep, but we woke up in the second half after coming to the general conclusion that we should stop beating ourselves."

The Crusaders, who routed the Owls, 15-5, earlier this year, had to overcome a remarkable, 30-save effort by freshman goalie Eric Dougan, who also had a goal and an assist. Top scorers for the Owls (7-4, 5-3) were Colin Lichtfuss (four goals) and Sean Rich (three).

Goals by Stockton and Kearney, with 54 and nine seconds left in regulation, respectively, tied the game at 8 and 9. They were sandwiched around Lichtfuss' score 25 seconds before overtime that made it 9-8.

"Never in my 30 years playing have I seen a goalie [Dougan] contribute to two full-field goals in a game," said Crusaders coach Jamie Carver, who credited defenders Antwarn Jones and Ray Lindsay as well as his own goalie, Brendan Tully (15 saves).

"We lit into our players at halftime, and they responded," Carver said. "They really showed a lot of guts coming back to win."

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