By Tom Peace
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 3/31/12
BROOKLANDVILLE, Md. – Garden City traveled down I-95 today and rallied past host St. Paul’s, 9-6, in the nightcap of the Long Island-Maryland Challenge.
The win is the first for the Trojans (4-0, ranked No. 11 by MaxPreps.com) over the Crusaders in the five years the teams have played each other.
Garden City coach Steve Finnell was happy to get the win, especially for the seniors who have been longing for a win over the Crusaders.
“We have had some hard fought games against them,” he said. “Every year seems to be a one- or two-goal game. “
The Trojans used a five-goal run between the third and fourth quarters to come out victorious against St. Paul’s (2-5).
The spark was ignited when senior midfielder Mark Ellis scored a man down goal to make the score 5-3 St. Paul’s. Before Ellis’ goal the Trojans hadn’t scored a goal since early in the first quarter.
Then with less than one minute left in the third Justin Guterding scored with 52.6 seconds to go and seconds later Patric Berkery scored to give the Trojans a 6-5 lead to end the third quarter.
Tim McDonagh opened the fourth quarter with a quick strike. Guterding and Ron Savage followed, with scores to put the game away.
“In third quarter we challenged our guys. To play a little tougher,” said Finnell. “I thought St. Paul’s took it to us in the first half and I thought we played a lot better in the third quarter.”
St. Paul’s had good production from senior attackman Spencer Parks who had a goal and two assists for the Crusaders. But the Trojans had more depth and experience for St. Paul’s to overcome.
Coach Rick Brocato is looking for Parks to help lead this team going forward with such a young team that has nine sophomores and three freshmen.
“We are going to need him to step up especially with two starting senior attackman out (with injuries), including captain Gavin Llewellyn, so a lot is put on Spencer’s shoulders,” he said.
Brocato felt that was the difference in the fourth quarter.
“He (Parks) didn’t seem to get the touches that he needed to get,” Brocato said. “I told the coaches we had three possessions where Spencer didn’t touch the ball and when your best player on the field doesn’t touch the ball that’s a problem.”
Trojan goalie Dan Marino had a big game in goal with 12 saves for Garden City.
“He has been that way for a couple years now.” Finnell said. “He played incredible last Saturday against Ward Melville and he fired it up today; he is pretty special.”
Kudda.com Game of the Week
Garden City 9, St. Paul’s 6
Garden City — Patric Berkery 2g; Justin Guterding, 2g, 1a; Devin Dwyer 1g, 3a; Liam Kennedy 1g, 1a; Rob Savage 1g, 1a; Tim McDonagh, 1g; Mark Ellis 1g.
St. Paul’s (MD) – Spencer Parks, 1g, 2a; Casey Larkin, 2g; Carter Flaig, 1g; Louzar, 1g; Stoehr, 1a; Riehl 1a.
Garden City — Dan Marino, 12 saves.
St. Paul’s (MD) — Rego, 5 saves; Pearl, 3 saves.
GC: 26. Patric Berkery 10:15 1-0 GC
SP: 77 Casey Larkin 9:10 1-1
GC: Liam Kennedy 4:13 2-1 GC
GC: DWYER FROM KENNEDY 3:12 3-1 GC
SP: Spencer Parks 2:28 3-2 SP
SP: Louzan from Riehl 4:18 3-3 man down
SP: PARKS 4: 4-3 SP
SP Carter Flaig Parks Assist 5-3 SP.
Flag: on GC illegal body check 31 1:00
GC: Mark Ellis goal 3:57 5-4 SP..man down
GC: Justin Guterding 52:6 5-5
GC: Berkery from Dwyer 0:00 6-5 GC
GC: Tim Mcdonagh scores with dwyer on the assist. 7-5 gc
GC: Guterding from Savage. 8:05 8-5 GC
SP: Larkin from 16. 7:58 8-6 GC
GC- Rob Savage from Guterding. 9-6 GC
Flag: 9 on gc 1:00 slash
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