Curley holds on for `B' title, 8-6

Park rallies to tie at 6, but Friars pull away for 10th consecutive victory

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May 19, 2007|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter

With his team holding a four-goal, second-quarter lead against Park in yesterday's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title game at Calvert Hall, Archbishop Curley attackman Doug Herdigan told himself the game wasn't over.

"Park's a second-half team," said Herdigan, a senior who, in an earlier game, endured a comeback by Park in Curley's three-goal win after having held a seven-goal lead. "They showed it again in this game."

The No. 13 Friars had to overcome a pair of second-half ties to secure an 8-6 victory for their 10th straight win, completing their best season since 1986, when they won the last of the program's six titles in the now-defunct Maryland Scholastic Association.

Junior Brandon Capeletti scored the game-winning seventh goal off a fast-break assist from junior Justin Gordon with 2:35 to play. Herdigan (three goals) and Peter Lee (one goal, one assist) contributed, as did goalie Ray Wodarski (15 saves) and Eric Heitman and Dave Manik, part of a defense that allowed double-figure scoring only three times this season.

Herdigan (56 goals, 23 assists), Kenny Whittaker (46, 18) and Capeletti (43, 15) are the top three scorers for the Friars (18-1), who led 5-2 at halftime and by as much as 5-1 in the second quarter, during which Wodarski made five of six saves from point-blank range.

Joe Press tied the game at 5 after a third quarter in which the Bruins outscored the Friars 3-0. The Bruins were led by Oliver Weinberg (two goals), Ben Levin (one, one) and Jamie Matz (one, one), with Matz scoring Park's final goal to make it 6-6 with 4:47 to play.

Matz also teamed with Carlos Cruz (one goal) to key Park's 8-5 advantage in faceoffs, but the Bruins (11-3), in their fourth straight title game, failed to add to the crown they won in 2005.

"Lucky Mallonee's a great coach, has a scrappy team and gets the most of his guys," said coach Joe Latona, whose Friars were semifinalists in 1998, 2005 and last year, when the Bruins came from behind to end their season 7-6. "Our defense made some big stops to help us hold on. We were able to pull away and secure the win."

Chapelgate Christian 10, Cardinal Gibbons 7 -- Zach Bruce scored three goals and assisted on a fourth; Grant Shipley, R.J. Gavlin and Stephan Bryan each scored twice; and sophomore Brian Olson made eight of his 20 saves in the fourth quarter as the Yellowjackets (13-5) earned their second straight MIAA C Conference title. It was their fourth overall in their ninth straight win. Chapelgate was playing in its seventh straight title game, a rematch of last year's final, won by the Yellowjackets on Gavlin's goal with 44 seconds left in overtime to avenge two regular-season losses. Ryan Kearney scored four times, and David Nesbit had a goal and an assist for the Crusaders (11-4), whose winning streak ended at five. The Yellowjackets led 1-0 after Bryan converted a fast-break pass from Luke Herwig with just more than two minutes left in the first quarter. But the Crusaders went up 3-1 on goals by Nesbit, Joe Valderas and Ben Stidham, all within a 26-second span, the last coming off an assist from Josh Skene. Chapelgate took a lead it would not relinquish, however, with a four-goal run for a 5-3 halftime advantage.

No. 12 Fallston 9, Northeast 3 -- Luke Raab (three goals, one assist), Clay Rausa (two goals) and Ben Hoganson (two goals) led the host Cougars (18-1) to their sixth straight win and a berth in the 3A-2A state title game Tuesday or Wednesday at UMBC opposite today's Glenelg-Urbana winner. Fallston is looking for its second state title, having last won in 2001.

Thomas S. Wootton 9, Dulaney 7 -- The Patriots (18-0) became the first Montgomery County team to reach the 4A-3A state title game by upending last year's runner-up and will face today's winner between defending champion Severna Park and Westminster. Dulaney ended at 14-5.

Staff reports contributed to this article.

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