No. 3 St. Paul's pounds No. 8 Loyola in boys lacrosse, 19-9

D'Amelio dominates on draws as Dons drop third straight MIAA A Conference game

April 16, 2013|By Nelson Coffin, Baltimore Sun Media Group | By Nelson Coffin, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Those watching No. 3 St. Paul's build a 7-4 halftime lead Tuesday afternoon against No. 8 Loyola might have thought the host Crusaders would be content to settle for a routine margin of victory over a tough boys lacrosse rival.

But they would've been mistaken.

St. Paul's is looking to make amends for a down year in 2012 during which the Crusaders did not win a conference game and finished a dismal 3-15.

To that end, the Crusaders pressed forward at every opportunity to widen the gap in what would become a dominant 19-9 victory over the Dons, who suffered their third consecutive Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference loss.

Senior faceoff specialist Mike D'Amelio had as much to do with the performance as anyone else by winning 13 of the game's final 17 draws.

"My wing guys really helped me out a lot," D'Amelio said of senior Greg Louzan, junior Henry Riehl and sophomore Alex McGovern.

All the extra possessions D'Amelio earned for the Crusaders (12-1, 2-1 MIAA A Conference) were well-suited for a team that coach Rick Brocato encourages to push the pace.

"Sometimes they have a tendency to back off a little," Brocato said. "But we told them to just keep playing."

He added that D'Amelio's success comes from his improvement at the end of last season and hard work polishing his technique in the offseason.

Although D'Amelio won the opening draw of the second half, the Dons (7-5, 0-3) scored first on sophomore midfielder Ryan Conrad's third goal of the game.

However, sophomore attackman Carter Flaig and sophomore midfielder Jack Pollard answered to give the Crusaders a 9-5 advantage.

After Loyola senior attackman Kevin Jackson and senior midfielder Tim Nordbrook sandwiched goals around one by McGovern, St. Paul's closed the third quarter on a 3-0 run behind McGovern, junior attackman Mikey Wynne and senior midfielder Ben Linkous to take a 13-7 lead into the fourth quarter.

Sophomore attackman Alex Roesner opened the final period for the Dons with a goal that was quickly offset by goals from Flaig and Linkous to put the hosts ahead 15-8 with 8:29 remaining.

"We still don't think we've played our best lacrosse," Brocato said. "We played without our best midfielder [B.J. Mattheiss] today, so our next-man-up approach is working, sort of like it did in 2010 [when St. Paul's last won the conference]."

Goals: L-McNamara 1, Jackson 1, Roesner 3, Nordbrook 1, Conrad 3;  SP-Linkous 3, Wynne 2, Louzan 2, Pollard 1, Anderson 1, Flaig 4, Nelson 1, Mayer 2, McGovern 3

Assists: L-McNamara 1, Nordbrook 1, Conrad 2, Williams 1; SP-Louzan 3, Anderson 3, Flaig 2, D'Amelio 1, Pollard 2, Schulmeyer 1, McGovern 2, Wynne 1

Saves: L—Newton 10; SP—Barretto 11

Half: 7-4, SP

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