The first time Friends School played John Carroll this season, the Quakers won 10-4, but their coach, Jon Garman, said his team was still searching for its identity.
After yesterday's second meeting between the teams, visiting Friends was searching for someone to high-five.
The Quakers (8-4, 7-0 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference) rallied from a 3-1 second-quarter deficit, stringing together seven straight goals and cruising to a 10-5 victory.
"It feels good to beat them, because we've been taking some beatings from them the last four years," said Garman, whose team won back-to-back titles in 1992 and 1993, John Carroll's last two years in the A Conference. "We have a lot of experience on this team and we have a lot of depth, and I think that really showed in the second half."
Senior attackman and co-captain Rob Travieso, who saw his first three varsity lacrosse seasons end in title losses to John Carroll, led the Quakers with three goals and Matt Swann, another senior attackman, got his vengeance with one goal and three assists.
"We wanted John Carroll. We were getting tired of them beating us every year," said Travieso. "This feels great because they've been our nemesis for a long time."
The Patriots (8-3, 6-2), winners of the last three B Conference titles, played like a team destined for a fourth championship in the first half, jumping out to a 3-1 lead.
Friends' man-down defense came up big late in the second quarter and kept the Quakers from falling even deeper in the hole. The Quakers' offense created plenty of scoring opportunities throughout the first half but had trouble finding the target.
Swann ended the Quakers' first-half scoring slump, which lasted for nearly 20 minutes, when he scored off a screen with 50.8 seconds left in the half.
"We heard they lost some players and we came out overconfident, thinking we were going to walk all over them," said Swann. "The second half, we came out a little more serious and got it done. We set our eyes on one goal this season, and that is to win the conference championship."
In the third quarter, the Quakers resembled a team destined for a championship, reeling off three unanswered goals. Matt Kahn tied the game at 3 when he snagged a high pass from Swann and stuffed it past John Carroll keeper Pat Boyle (12 saves).
Travieso tallied the next two goals for the visitors, both on assists from Swann.
Kahn started things for the Quakers in the fourth quarter when he split a pair of defenders and scored, and Jim Nicholas found the net eight seconds later after he won the faceoff and raced to the goal.
Guy Furman continued the flurry and gave Friends an 8-3 lead 36 later when he converted a pass from Nicholas.
Pub Date: 4/25/97