No. 5 St. Paul's boys edge No. 1 St. Mary's, 7-6

April 05, 2011|By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun

Should the St. Paul's boys lacrosse team go on to enjoy the same success as a year ago, the No. 5 Crusaders will look back to Tuesday's fourth quarter at St. Mary's as a season-changing turn.

Mired in a two-game losing streak and up against the newly No.1 ranked Saints, the defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champions showed grit and poise in the decisive moments.

Senior attackman Jay Carlson scored with 6:32 to play — it was the fourth quarter's only goal — and senior goalie Gunnar Waldt (12 saves) highlighted a fine defensive performance to produce a 7-6 win over the previously undefeated Saints.

St. Paul's improved to 6-3 overall and 2-2 in the MIAA A Conference's Black Division, while the Saints (7-1) fell to 3-1 in the Red Division.

"This was an undefeated team on a huge roll when we've had a couple tough losses, so it speaks a lot about the character of our kids," said St. Paul's coach Rick Brocato. "We just wanted them to give it their best shot today and the energy they played with — it wasn't always pretty — but it was outstanding."

St. Paul's never trailed in the game, but saw the Saints get a goal from Michael Bonacci with two seconds left in the third quarter to draw even at 6 entering the fourth quarter. That's when Waldt, sturdy in goal throughout, provided some inspirational words in the team's huddle.

"I just told them that this was the turnaround in our season. We were coming off two leagues losses, this was where we need to step up, this was the start of a brand new season," he said.

After surviving the quarter's first three-plus minutes without the ball, the Crusaders enjoyed their best offensive set at just the right time. Dan Gutberlet fired a shot off the post and then Robby Maddux followed with a shot turned aside by St. Mary's goalie Skyler Morse. But the rebound came to the right of the crease for Carlson, who quickly scooped it up and turned it into his third goal of the game.

"The offense moved the ball real well. We were playing unselfish and we had two nice shots then I got the trash goal — I'll take it," Carlson said.

From there, the Crusaders got a big save from Waldt on Nate Lewnes' shot with 3:05 left , and then survived a man-down situation in the final minute to secure the win.

After consecutive wins last week against then-No. 3 Gilman and then-No.1 Boys' Latin, the Saints couldn't find the same success against St. Paul's. Junior midfielder John Kluh (one goal, three assists) enjoyed a fine all-around performance in the loss.

"We just lacked intensity today. Something that makes us successful is hard work, being fundamentally sound and playing with a higher level of intensity, and we didn't do that today," said St. Mary's coach Rob Chomo. "It's a setback. We didn't play as well as we should have. We got outworked today, but we'll learn from it and get better."

No. 2 Calvert Hall 11, Mount St. Joseph 6: The visiting Cardinals (7-0) trailed 5-2 before going on a 3-0 run in the last two minutes of the first half. Calvert Hall's Patrick Kelly had four goals.

No. 4 Boys Latin 13, Severn 3: Johns Hopkins-bound senior Wells Stanwick had five points (3 goals, 2 assists) and the host Lakers (5-2) jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first quarter. The Admirals fell to 6-5.

Girls lacrosse

No. 5 Bryn Mawr 16, Mount de Sales 8: Kassandra Bowling, Sam McGee and Morgan Rubin each scored three goals to power the host Mawrtians (6-1) past the Sailors.

Monday

No. 3 John Carroll 16, Maryvale Prep 9: Erica Bodt and McKenzie Reese each scored hat tricks for the visiting Patriots (1-2).

Sun staff contributed to this article.

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