McDonogh gains `A' final

Eagles top No. 2 Gilman, 8-4

lightning halts 2nd semifinal

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Andrew Feinberg had a goal and four assists, and goalie Tyler Fiorito made 19 saves as fifth-ranked McDonogh rolled to an 8-4 victory over No. 2 Gilman last night in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference lacrosse semifinal at Homewood Field.

Bryn Holmes, Tim Brandau and Brad Zink each scored twice, Collins Cary had a goal and an assist, and Kyle O'Brien had two assists in a victory that earned the defending champion Eagles (15-4) a berth in next Friday's title game, also at Homewood Field.

Last night's second semifinal between No. 1 Boys' Latin (19-0) and No. 6 Severn (14-9) was suspended because of lightning with 5:30 left in the third quarter and the Lakers ahead 4-2.

FOR THE RECORD - A photo caption in the sports section yesterday misidentified a Gilman lacrosse player. The player shown with McDonogh's Andrew Feinberg is Peter Rogers.
The Sun regrets the error.

The game will be resumed today at 3 p.m. at St. Paul's, which has an artificial surface.

Before the suspension, junior attackman Travis Reed had scored three goals for Boys' Latin, which is trying to win its fifth title under 27th-year coach Bob Shriver and to complete its first unbeaten season since 1997.

If the Lakers reach the final, Reed will face his old teammates, having been the top point scorer for McDonogh last year before transferring to Boys' Latin.

One of the Eagles' few returning starters along with Cary and defender Billy Geist, Holmes had never experienced a win over Gilman (12-5).

"It's definitely nice not to go [without a win] through my whole career against them," Holmes said. "We always have a hard time with Gilman."

The lead changed three times during the first period last night, a rematch of McDonogh's earlier 9-8 loss. In that game, Gilman's Kevin Carroll tied it at 8 before assisting on the game-winner of his twin, Brian.

Last night, however, Eagles coach Scott Corrigan accounted for the University of Virginia-bound Carrolls, whom he called "head and shoulders two of the best players around."

Kevin scored twice, and Brian had a goal and an assist.

"They had long poles in our face the whole game," Kevin Carroll said. "We just couldn't get it done."

The game was tied at 1 after the first quarter, during which Gilman goalie Matt Chriss (12 saves) stopped seven shots, and it was 3-3 after the second quarter, when Fioritio turned away five shots.

But the momentum began to shift toward McDonogh in the third quarter, as Holmes and Brandau scored to build a 5-3 lead.

Meanwhile, Gilman was thwarted by Fiorito, who made seven third-quarter saves and often forced Greyhounds players to adjust their shots. Griff Shay and Kevin Doyle, for example, banked consecutive volleys off the top of the goal.

"When we shut them out that quarter, it was a big momentum swing," Fiorito said. "We knew we had it."

Feinberg was the catalyst in the fourth quarter, when the Eagles outscored the Greyhounds 3-1, and he assisted on his team's last three goals. Feinberg was coming off Tuesday's four-goal, four-assist effort in an 11-4 rout of Loyola.

Hank Nathan contributed to this article.

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