Alex Poole's goal off Michael Satyshur's pass from behind the goal with 3: 24 left in overtime gave third-ranked St. Paul's a 13-12 upset of No. 1 McDonogh in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinal last night.
The goal, Poole's second of the night at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field, secured St. Paul's a berth in next Friday's championship game against No. 2 Gilman, also a winner last night.
The victory was the Crusaders' (13-3) fourth straight since they lost, 10-8, to McDonogh (17-2) 15 days ago.
Before Poole beat him low to the right, Eagles goalie Rob Scherr had made eight of his 16 saves from point-blank range in the final period -- four of them one-on-one.
"But Michael made a great feed, and I shot it low, off side, because Scherr's a leftie," said Poole, who set up an earlier goal, as well.
With the loss, McDonogh's season ended in full circle. The Eagles had won 16 straight since their other defeat, a league-opening, double-overtime loss to Gilman. The Eagles entered the season having won only five league games under sixth-year coach Jake Reed.
That win streak might have continued had St. Paul's sophomore keeper Paul Spellman not deflected a 10-yard blast by McDonogh's Ryan Floyd (three assists) with 34 seconds left in regulation.
"I told myself, 'If I don't make this save, they win; we go home,' " said Spellman, who made 14 saves on the night. "We're going to be here next Friday night."
Shortly after McDonogh's Matt Primm (three goals) tied the game at 6-all early in the third period, Poole ran unchallenged for all but 15 of 75 yards for a 7-6 lead that started a 6-0 Crusader run.
Satyshur, Conor Gill, Conor Ford, Pat Tracy, Alex Kopicki, Jack deVilliers and Collis Boyce all contributed to the run, which included four goals in 36 seconds.
Gill scored three goals and had an assist on the game. Ford had three goals. Tracy and Kopicki each scored twice.
McDonogh responded to that run, however, with its own 6-0 spurt, led by Bobby Benson (three goals, two assists) and Brad )) Dumont (two goals).
The Eagles' Brennan Adams knotted the score, 12-12, from close-in on Floyd's feed with 6: 17 to play in regulation.
Tracy's 52 goals this spring tie him with Buggs Combs and Dave Dempsey for the single-season record, and Gill's 233 career points are one shy of the career record Tim Whitely set in 1992.
Gill paid tribute to the play of McDonogh defender Joe Rosenbaum, who checked the ball from his stick three times within scoring range in the first period, and later broke up his attempted pass.
"I went against [last year's All-Metro Player of the Year] John Glatzel, of Boys' Latin, and this Joe's just as good," Gill said. "He made me work for everything."
McDonogh trailed 6-5 at halftime even though it led for all but 1: 32 of the first half, with Benson and Owen Daly (one goal, two assists) as the catalysts.
Daly had a game-high 10 ground balls for McDonogh, scored the game's first goal, and took the Eagles' first three shots. Benson had assists for leads of 1-0 and 3-1, scored for a 5-4 second-quarter lead, and shot through Spellman's legs to make it 12-11 with 7: 52 left to play.
Pub Date: 5/09/98