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 year'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 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 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.
"Fundamentally, we're a better team than we showed. But their speed was a factor," said Curley's sixth-year coach, Barry Brownlee. 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.
Pub Date: 5/14/98