Crusaders' 1-2 punch is big hit

Powderly gets assist on 3 of Carlson's 4 goals

March 31, 2010|By By Glenn Graham

With Jay Carlson and Pat Powderly providing a precise one-two punch on attack and junior goalie Gunner Waldt firmly standing his ground in the net, the No. 3 St. Paul's lacrosse team came away with a 6-3 win over previously undefeated Calvert Hall in a cold and steady rain in Brooklandville on Tuesday.

Carlson scored the Crusaders' final four goals covering two-plus quarters - Powderly providing pinpoint passes on the first three - and Waldt finished with 11 saves in the early-season Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference victory.

St. Paul's improves to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play, while No. 2 Calvert Hall drops to 5-1 and 1-1 in the league.

Pleased with his team's all-around performance on Tuesday and its fine start to the season, St. Paul's coach Rick Brocato said there was still plenty of work ahead.

"These are all early wins in March. So we're just trying to build some momentum and get better and better every game. It really doesn't matter how well you do now, it's how you do down the stretch, so we got to keep it going," he said.

Carlson and Powderly first got it going late in the second quarter. With the Crusaders leading 2-1 with 4:41 left in the half, Powderly had the ball near midfield on the right side when he found Carlson with a long outlet pass near the left of the cage. His shot squirted by Calvert Hall goalie Greg Dutton (13 saves) for a two-goal lead.

After the Cardinals again closed within one at 3-2 on a goal by Phil Castronova with 1:18 remaining until the half, Carlson scored off another feed from Powderly 20 seconds later for a 4-2 halftime lead. After a scoreless third quarter, the two connected again early in the fourth quarter, and Waldt - steady throughout - made big saves at the other end in protecting the advantage.

For Carlson and Powderly, their connection has become second nature.

"It's our second year playing together, and the first year we did pretty well. He always just knows where I am, and I always know where he is. He knows where I'm going to get open, and it always seems to work out," Carlson said.

One of the questions coming into the season for St. Paul's was who would replace graduated goalie Harry Krieger. The Crusaders have found an answer in Waldt, a junior who returned to the net after playing the past two years on defense.

"Gunner is a gamer. He has an incredible work ethic, he's a tough kid and he doesn't back down from any challenge. He has stepped back in the goal after a two-year absence and has just been a huge shot in the arm for us," Brocato said.

Goals: CH-Rossi, Castronova, Holland; SP-Carlson 4, Chay, Gutberlet.

Assists: CH-S. Kelly; SP-Powderly 3.

Saves: CH-Dutton 13; SP-Waldt 11.

Half: SP, 4-2.

A previous version of this article incorrectly identified St. Pauls' coach. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

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