Morgan propels No. 2 McDonogh past No. 3 St. Mary's, 11-6

Senior leads Eagles' offensive attack against Saints with four goals

April 12, 2011|By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun

The first quarter of Tuesday's boys lacrosse showdown between No. 3 St. Mary's and No. 2 McDonogh summed up the entire game.

While the visiting Saints hit the post on two early shots, misfired on two more and had another chance turned aside by McDonogh's senior goalie Ben Falcone, the Eagles precisely finished off their first four scoring opportunities.

With senior Connor Morgan leading a balanced attack with four goals, and the Falcone-led defense blanking the Saints until the closing minutes of the third quarter, McDonogh rolled to a surprisingly comfortable 11-6 win over the Saints in Owings Mills.

The Eagles, who also got a two-goal, one-assist performance from junior Evan Glaser, improve to 9-1 overall and 5-0 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference Black Division. St. Mary's (8-2) is now 5-2 in the MIAA's A Red Division.

"It was just an amazing team effort," said McDonogh coach Andy Hilgartner. "[St. Mary's] could have easily been up 3-0 on us — they hit a couple pipes. We were so fired up for the game that we were just running around with our heads cut off for the first couple minutes. And then we had guys who just made some plays. … We got some great goals and had guys that worked their tails off."

After the Saints carried the play for the opening minutes but were unable to convert their scoring chances, the Eagles took over with four goals in a three-minute stretch midway through the first quarter.

David Williams opened the scoring with 7:03 to play in the first quarter; Morgan scored his first goal 40 seconds later; Austin Frederick made it 3-0 at the 5:39 mark and then Glaser won a battle at the side of the St. Mary's goal and crammed a shot in for the 4-0 advantage with 4:27 left.

The home team went on to build an 8-0 halftime lead that was never threatened, with Falcone enjoying an 11-save performance. Seniors Bryson Greene and Kyle DeVinney helped Falcone keep the Saints' potent attack in check.

"They're a very explosive team, especially in transition, so I thought we did a great job. Our team defense was outstanding and Ben Falcone in the goal was as solid as he's been all season," Hilgartner said.

Goals: SM – Bonacci, Fox, Lewnes, Manley, Coyle, T. Morse; M – Morgan 4, Glaser 2, A. Frederick 2, Hauver, Williams, Daly.

Assists: SM -- Cvanaugh; M -- Glaser.

Saves: SM – Morse 7; M – Falcone 11.

Half: M, 8-0.

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