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No. 5 St. Mary's rallies in the 4th to defeat Severna Park, 9-7

Timmy Hardy and Mike Bonacci are playing together on the St. Mary's attack for the first time this season, but you wouldn't have guessed that Wednesday night at Severna Park.

Hardy, a freshman, finished with five goals and an assist, and the senior Bonacci scored once and assisted on four of Hardy's tallies as the No. 5 Saints came away with a 9-7 win over the Falcons.

Trailing 7-6 midway through the fourth quarter, the Saints (3-2) scored the game's final three goals to pull out the win with Hardy scoring the tying and game-winning goals and assisting on the insurance goal.

"We had a lot of good ball movement, the back side was open a lot and we just worked the ball around really well," Hardy said. "I just can't put it all on myself, we had a lot of good teamwork and most of my assists came from Bonacci. He did a great job."

St. Mary's was without head coach Rob Chomo, who was serving the first of a two-game suspension. In St. Mary's previous game — a 14-13 overtime loss to Culver Academy on Saturday — the Saints received five bench penalties, which warranted the suspension.

With Wednesday's game tightly contested throughout, the Saints did mostly everything right in the final seven minutes to earn the win.

After Hardy tied the game with 6:21 to play, he took a feed from senior midfielder John Kluh and ripped a shot past Severna Park goalie Mitch Gunning for the go-ahead goal with 4:51 to play. Junior Jamie Lilly made it 9-7 with 4:20 left and then the Saints killed a one-minute penalty and kept possession for two-plus minutes to run out the clock.

"At St. Mary's, it's called grinding it out and that's what it was," assistant coach Vic Lilly said. "The way we played in the first half, we were off a little bit, and at the end of the third quarter, the guys rallied together and came out and played the way they're capable of playing."

Severna Park, which got a four-goal performance from junior midfielder Logan Swarz, fell to 3-1.

"We played well for three quarters and seven minutes," Falcons coach Larry Kramer said. "It comes down to they finished their plays and we didn't in the end. "But I give our guys a lot of credit ... I think we showed we can run with anybody. St. Mary's is an excellent team, they play a national schedule, and we're trying to get to that level. We're one step there. We played a lot of sophomores and juniors tonight, so keep a look out for us the next couple years."

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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