McDonogh downs Spalding in MIAA lacrosse playoffs

Frederick scores 5 goals, Faby gets 3 in 15-9 win

  • Archbishop Spalding's Brian Cooper (No. 40) is smothered by McDonogh defensemen Greg Caso (No. 25) and Joe Meurer (No. 1) during an MIAA quarterfinal game.
Archbishop Spalding's Brian Cooper (No. 40) is smothered… (Baltimore Sun photo by Colby…)
May 14, 2010|By Mike Frainie, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Tyler Frederick knows how it feels to come up short in a big game. He also knows that if he and McDonogh Eagles teammates don't play well, their stay in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association playoffs will be a short one and can end on any given day.

Frederick made sure that Friday was not that day.

Frederick scored five goals — four in the second half — to break open a close game and lead the No. 3 Eagles to a 15-9 victory over eighth-ranked Archbishop Spalding in an MIAA quarterfinal. Brady Faby also pitched in three goals for the host Eagles, while Billy Binder, Matt Franchak, Brian Cooper and Connor McRoy each scored two goals to pace Spalding.

The Eagles (16-5) advance to Tuesday's MIAA semifinals at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium, where they will meet top-seeded and No. 1-ranked Boys' Latin at 6 p.m. McDonogh defeated the Lakers, 10-6, at home April 27.

"Coach Hillgartner preaches that we need to outwork the other team, and that's what we'll have to do if we want to beat [Boys' Latin] again," said Frederick, who is bound for Ohio State and will play lacrosse there next season. "They're solid on defense and have a great attack."

The Eagles ran out to a 3-1 lead early in the game on goals by Faby, Kyle Rice and Keegan Michel, but Spalding responded. The Cavaliers (10-10) got goals from Luke Dick and Billy Binder to tie the game at 3 after the first quarter.

The second quarter was all McDonogh, as the Eagles used goals by Brenny Daly, Faby and Frederick to take a 6-3 lead at the half.

McDonogh took its biggest lead 1:55 into the fourth quarter, when Frederick's shot evaded Spalding goalie Kevin Hess for a 12-4 lead.

"If you want to point to one tangible skill that won the game for us, it was ground balls," Eagles coach Andy Hillgartner said of his team's 46-16 advantage. "We had a big advantage there and in the time of possession. I think our preparation on Wednesday and Thursday was excellent, and that was probably the difference for us today. We prepared very well."

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