Yesterday was the first time this month that no rain fell in Baltimore, but Archbishop Curley was poured upon, nonetheless.
Andy Quinn scored three goals and assisted on two others, Chris Porter and Ryan Palmer each contributed a goal and two assists, and John Moore scored twice as No. 3 seed John Carroll (9-5) pounded No. 2 seed Curley, 9-3, at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field.
The Patriots improved this spring's record against Curley to 2-1 and will meet 10th-ranked Friends (12-1), the top seed, in next Friday's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title game, also at Homewood Field.
John Carroll had won three straight crowns until being dethroned last year by Friends, whose 17-game winning streak in the league includes two routs of the Patriots.
"Doug Haller and I were sophomores when John Carroll won here [at Hopkins] the last time," Quinn said. "This is our last shot."
Soggy field conditions forced Curley (8-8) to give up its home field advantage, instead having to face a speedy Patriots squad -- still smarting from a regular-season loss in the rain -- on Johns Hopkins' artificial turf.
Curley scored first two minutes into the game. Andy O'Hara skipped his first of two goals past keeper John Chrismer (eight saves). The Patriots responded with a 5-0 run that lasted 23 seconds into the second period as the Friars struggled, offensively, against defenders Haller, Brandon Lawler, Tim Smith, Mike Sutton and Tim Buckless.
"Fundamentally, we're a better team than we showed. But their speed was a factor," said Curley's sixth-year coach, Barry Brownlee. "This is one of the better teams I've had, but we had some lapses that hurt us."
Curley did not score again until O'Hara made it 5-2 at 10: 40 of the third period. The Friars out-shot John Carroll, 6-1, to start the second half but hit the pipe twice in their first four shots before Quinn made them pay.
Quinn found Dave Saul face-to-face with keeper Tim Flanagan (11 saves). Saul faked low before placing the ball high for a 6-2 lead with 5: 36 left in the period.
It was 6-3 after Curley's Tony Dawson fed Andy Brownlee, but the Patriots had a 3-0 fourth-quarter run, capped by Paul Shea's goal with 3: 19 to play.
Flanagan showed why he averages 21.2 saves. He made several deflections with his body, stick and legs and intercepted two passes during man-down situations.
The Patriots' strategy was to aim low as they bounced in three of their first five goals. The seventh goal -- by Porter -- glanced in off Flanagan's right ankle.
"Tim's fantastic. He can stop it close or outside. He picked off three passes," Wright said. "But our strategy was to score off the bounce, and it worked. We wanted another chance at Friends. Now we have it."
Pub Date: 5/14/98