With seven of its players sidelined with a variety of ailments, the Severn boys lacrosse team would have appeared to have been prone to an upset in yesterday's matchup with host Archbishop Curley.

Such was not the case.

The Admirals (6-0) brushed aside their problems and tallied 16 first-half goals en route to a 23-2 victory over the Friars.

"I thought (Curley) would be a little tougher than this," said Severn coach Pete Trau, who is standing in as Admirals head coach in the absence of Rob White.

White's Special Forces unit was activated last month in support of Operation Desert Storm, and he is with his unit in Fort Bragg, N.C.

"I had my kids pressed for a team that is normally one of the top teams in the (Maryland Scholastic Association) B Conference," Trau said. "They've given us some trouble in the past, and I anticipated a little tougher game."

Severn's scoring spree began just 48 seconds into the contest when senior midfield Tim Donegan pumpedone in on a feed from fellow midfielder Milford Marchant.

The Admirals found the net five more times before the end of the first period, quickly diminishing the Friars' hopes of an upset.

The Admirals, who accumulated a 5-0 record and a tournament championship earlier this month at the Golden Gate Invitational in San Francisco, possessed midseason form from start to finish.

Severn's most impressive offensive effort came in the second quarter, when it scored 10 goals.

Junior attackman Jason Wade, whose brother, Ryan, led the Admirals to an MSA A Conference final berth last year, opened up the second quarter with a pair of identical severe-angle goals, one courtesy of anassist from junior Duncan Slidell.

Wade finished with four goals and five assists, but it was Slidell who drew praise from his coach.

"I thought Duncan had one of the best transition games I've ever seen a midfielder play," Trau said.

"He didn't get much in the scoring column, but he was on the front end of about 24 goals. He was pushing it out there, and he was always the pass before the assist."

And there were plenty of assists.

Severn senior co-captain Matt Long recorded seven assists on the day, along with four goals. Sophomore attackman Dudley Dixon netted four goals and assisted on another.

Junior midfielder Todd Muendel did not record any assists but settled for four goals.

Jason Hurst and Marchant netted three goals apiece, while Done

gan rounded out the scoring with one.

Curley (0-1) finally managed to get on the scoreboard and close the margin to18-1 with 3 minutes, 14 seconds left in the third quarter on a solo shot from junior midfielder Brendan Basmajian.

The Friars then added another goal in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter.

Other than the two Friar goals, junior goalie Court Durling -- and Severn's entire defensive unit for that matter -- saw limited action.

When tested however, Durling passed with flying colors as he turned away five shots, including

two from point-blank range.

"We moved the ball real well, and our kids were unselfish," said Trau, whose Admirals will begin their unenviable MSA A Conference tour at home April 5 against St. Paul's. "We were pretty patient and surprisingly so.

"When a game got out of control pretty early we kept our composure,and I was pleased with that. I certainly wasn't trying to run it up.We were just kind of moving the ball in a circle and tossing it around."

The Admirals travel Thursday to Potomac to Bullis Prep.

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