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Scoring goals against St. Paul's defense is difficult enough, but try doing it without the ball.

Eighth-ranked Severn got forced into trying it yesterday, and the result was a sound 11-5 victory for the visiting and No. 5-ranked Crusaders.

St. Paul's controlled possession by winning 13 of 18 faceoffs and its ailing defense did the rest, forcing numerous turnovers, five of which led to quick goals.

Defenders Kimball Payne and Matt Latchford shrugged off the stomach flu and gave the Crusaders some quality minutes and Scott Marimow, Jon DiCamillo and Bob Werhane had Severn's attack banging its sticks on the ground in frustration.

"The defense played great again," said freshman attackman Conor Ford, who led St. Paul's with three goals. "They really forced the turnovers for us and we got some easy goals right on the crease. From there, everything else just came. When we have the ball long enough, we're bound to score."

The Crusaders (10-2, 6-2) possessed the ball long enough in the first quarter to open a 4-0 lead. Alex Poole found the net first on a feed from Mike Satyshur and junior Conor Gill made it a 2-0 game when he took a pass from Dan Schmidt and scored on a one-handed bounce shot.

Ford ended the run with back-to-back goals, the latter coming on an assist from Gill (one goal, three assists).

Severn (3-6, 2-6), which has to host No. 1 Boys' Latin on Friday, cut the lead to 4-2 on a long-stick goal by senior Sean Songer.

The Crusaders, who will get a chance to avenge a 10-5 loss to Loyola on Saturday, avoided a second-quarter shutout with four seconds to spare as Ford converted a feed from Gill for a 5-2 halftime lead.

Marimow got into the scoring act midway through the third quarter as he caught a clearing pass at midfield and ran in untouched for the long-stick dunk.

DiCamillo set up the Crusaders' second goal of the half when he stripped an attackman and hit J.R. Sanchez, who in turn, Doug Mueller on the crease for a 7- 2 advantage.

"Vince Bagli Jr. [assistant coach] has done an outstanding job getting all those guys on defense to play with a purpose and to play as a team," said St. Paul's coach Rick Brocato, who got 12 saves from goalie Alec Schweizer. "Our defense has been the heart and soul of our team. Defense wins in this league. Now we just have to get the offense to support the defense, and they're starting to do that."

St. Paul's owned a small margin in shots-on-goal (27-24) but dominated on ground balls, 52-36.

"They were all over us when we had the ball. They played great position defense and the couple of shots that we had the goalie was there to make to save," said Admirals coach Charlie Toomey. "It's hard to get any momentum going when the ball gets down there and you only have it for 30 or 40 seconds."

Pub Date: 4/23/97

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