No. 10 Spalding beats No. 7 Gilman, 14-11

Cavaliers' scores, control in second half stops Greyhounds

  • Archbishop Spalding attackman Matt Franchak (32) sends a shot past Gilman goalkeeper Jack McClamrock, who had 10 saves. The Cavaliers scored seven straight goals from late in the first half until late in the fourth quarter.
Archbishop Spalding attackman Matt Franchak (32) sends a shot… (Baltimore Sun )
April 02, 2010|By Jeff Seidel | Special To The Baltimore Sun

Archbishop Spalding struggled in several ways during the first half Thursday at Gilman. The Cavaliers gave up nine goals, and their impatience on offense stopped them from slowing the Greyhounds, who often had possession.

But the second half was a much different story. No. 10 Spalding controlled the game at both ends and nearly shut out No. 7 Gilman for the final two periods en route to a 14-11 victory in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference matchup.

Wade Korvin (five goals, two assists), Connor McRoy (four goals) and Brian Cooper (two goals, one assist) sparked a Spalding offense that scored seven straight goals from late in the first half until late in the fourth quarter for a 13-9 lead.

Spalding (3-4, 2-1) decided to slow the game on offense. In the first half, the Cavaliers often ran into the box and shot quickly. But they didn't want to do that in the second half - and the move paid off.

"We were really focused on patience and getting the long possessions," said Cooper, who's headed to Maryland next year. "We knew that if we got the ball that we'd be able to get shots off and score goals."

Spalding also played much better defense in the second half. The Greyhounds (3-4, 0-2) took a 9-6 lead on a bounce shot from Conor Doyle (four goals, one assist) with 2:13 left in the second quarter. But they didn't score again until Doyle's goal with 1:39 left in the game after the Cavaliers had posted seven straight.

"They were sharper, and they were more disciplined than we were," Gilman coach Brooks Matthews said. "We just didn't finish plays."

In addition, goalie Kevin Hess made nine of his 12 saves in the second half to anchor a Cavaliers defense that clamped down on Gilman. Hess had some big stops as the Greyhounds got their chances at times but couldn't score.

Faceoffs also helped Spalding. The Cavaliers' Conor Pequigney won 16 of 25 faceoffs overall to get possession for those long stretches that let Spalding take over.

"This gives them a lot of confidence," Spalding coach Zack Burke said. "We're changing the culture here, and it takes time to believe, but this team has gotten back on the horse."

Goals: S- Korvin 5, McRoy 4, Cooper 2, Binder, Dick, Franchak; G- Doyle 4, Tucker 2, Paglia 2, Matthews, Danko, Hutchins. Assists: S-Korvin 2, Cochran, Dick, Cooper; G- Danko 3, Matthews 2, Doyle. Saves: S- Hess 12; G- McClamrock 10, Miller 3. Half: G, 9-7.

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