St. Paul's beats Boys' Latin, 17-7, for MIAA championship

May 22, 2010|By Glenn Graham | Baltimore Sun reporter

The difference between the top two boys lacrosse teams in the rigorous Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association AConference -- No. 1 Boys' Latin and No.2 St. Paul's -- was slim to none throughout the season-long grind.

Finally, in the second half of Saturday night's conference championship game, separation arrived, and it came in drastic fashion.

In the end, St. Paul's saved its best for last, scoring nine straight goals in the second half to turn a tie game into a convincing and stunning 17-7 win at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium, with an announced 5,594 in attendance throughout the day that included B and C conference championships as well.

"I'm really proud. We really put together four great quarters, but the second half was the best we've played all season," St.Paul's coach Rick Brocato said. "There were times I looked out there and the plays that our kids were making were exceptional. I just wanted them to play tonight, play to win and play with their hearts, and they did and that makes us really special."

Junior attackman Jay Carlson (four goals, one assist) was in the middle of the Crusaders' offensive explosion, scoring three straight goals in the third quarter to help build an improbable 14-5 fourth-quarter lead after the game was tied at 5 at intermission.

"Once you start rolling, you just keep going and you don't realize just how well you are doing," Carlson said. "And it's just great to finish this off. This is great -- we worked hard, ran a lot of sprints and we finally got a chance to feel that plaque."

It's St. Paul's 25th title (including Maryland Scholastic Association play) and its first since 2004. Avenging an 11-10 triple overtime loss to Boys' Latin on May 7, the Crusaders -- who also got two goals and three assists from Andrew Barton -- closed their season with a 15-4 mark.

The Lakers (16-4) started fast, getting early goals from Jeff Chase and Patrick Foster for a 2-0 advantage in the game's first five minutes. But St. Paul's dominated stretches of the first half, scoring four straight goals to go up 5-3 when Spencer Parks lunged across the crease and scored with 1:24 to play.

The Lakers, however, made good use of the last 10 seconds of the half, getting another goal from Chase before R.G. Keenan won the ensuing faceoff and found Wells Stanwick on the left side for a goal with four seconds left

"They looked really good, and hats off to them," Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver said of St. Paul's. "We hadn't played our best game all year, and I was hoping today was the day, and I'd have to say I'm sure Coach Brocato would say they picked today to play their best, and we were on the short end of it."

B final -- John Carroll 11, Glenelg Country 4: The Patriots took control of a close game with a dominant second half, scoring seven straight goals to capture the program's fourth conference crown and first since 2004.

Tied at 3 at the half, the game stayed that way until John Carroll junior Austin Kozel took a feed from Sam Chell and scored to give the Patriots their first lead with 3:56 to play in the third quarter.

Bredon Dashiell, Seth Hinder and Ricky DiMicco closed out the quarter with goals as the Patriots went on to score seven goals in a little over six minutes for a 10-3 advantage early in the fourth quarter.

Chell, Dashiell, Hinder, DiMicco and Kozel all scored two goals in a balanced attack for the Patriots, who finished the season with a 15-2 record.

C final -- Lutheran 14, Chapelgate 11: Junior Jay Davis scored four goals and added an assist, and fellow junior Robert Rupp added three goals and two assists as the Saints (14-5) successfully defended their conference title.

Leading 11-10 after three quarters, Lutheran got goals from Scotty Sweigart, Davis and Stephen Licata while limiting the Yellowjackets (11-5).

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