St. Mary's takes it to Gilman right from start in 11-7 boys lax win

No. 6 Saints score 7 goals in 1st quarter against Greyhounds, including 3 by Nate Lewnes

March 29, 2011|By Todd Karpovich, Special to The Baltimore Sun

After giving his team a six-goal lead against Gilman late in the third quarter, St. Mary's midfielder Spencer Coyle ran off the field and declared, "That's all day — they're not sliding."

The sixth-ranked Saints had No. 3 Gilman figured out for much of the key Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game and ran away for an 11-7 victory in Roland Park. St, Mary's improved to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference, setting up a big showdown with top-ranked Boys' Latin on Friday.

"We just came off the bus ready to play," said St. Mary's coach Rob Chomo, a 1991 graduate of the school who later played at Maryland. "The thing about this team is they're very, very coachable. And the way we practice is how we play a game. Everything is full-speed in practice. Our motto is: There's four games within a game. We just break it down to 12-minute quarters."

Nate Lewnes scored all three of his goals in the opening quarter, and St. Mary's led 7-3. The Saints held Gilman scoreless in the second quarter and got a goal from Robert Fox to take a five-goal lead at the break. St. Mary's outshot Gilman 20-9 in the first half.

"I thought we came out with a lot of intensity and we got the ground balls we needed," Lewnes said. "This was a big one for us. We were kind of the underdog."

Coyle scored two goals in the third quarter, and the Saints remained in control. Gilman (2-2, 0-1) pulled within 10-6 on a goal by Ryan Tucker with 9:03 left in the game. However, St. Mary's sophomore goalie Skyler Morse, who is filling in for injured senior Reed Carlson (collarbone), came up with nine of his 12 saves in the final quarter.

"Our defense did great," Morse said. "They made shots I needed to save to come from out far. They did very well. It's been a lot of fun stepping in. The guys have been very supportive."

Despite the loss, Gilman coach Brooks Matthews, an 1987 alum, is confident his team will bounce back. Max Greene, Gordie Koerber and Tucker each had two goals for the Greyhounds, who play Mount St. Joseph on Friday.

"St. Mary's is very skilled and very athletic, and they did put it to us in the first quarter," Matthews said. "We just have to respond a little bit quicker, a little bit better and with some toughness."

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