Sts. Peter & Paul is making the jump to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference next spring, but the Sabres still had some unfinished business left in the C Conference.
Chapelgate Christian, which went from 0-10 two seasons ago to the championship game yesterday, certainly didn't make it easy.
It took a goal from Matt Benhoff with 2:59 left to give the top-seeded Sabres a 7-6 win and their second straight MIAA C Conference crown yesterday afternoon at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field.
Chapelgate, from Ellicott City, got a strong 14-save performance from goalie Jared Drown to stay close and then back-to-back goals from Dan Floyd and Joel Carter to get even at 6 before Benhoff answered with his second of the game to give the Easton school the title.
"When you go 0-10 [two years ago] you learn a lot," said Chapelgate coach Daryl Brown, whose Flames went 14-6 this spring. "We played together as a team, hustled, and there was no quit. I'm proud of the effort today."
Senior Cliff Homan scored three goals and added an assist for the Flames, who dropped 9-6 and 12-5 decisions against the Sabres (12-0 in league play) during the regular season.
The Sabres outshot Chapelgate by a 25-7 margin in the first half, but needed a goal from Tom Adducci with 2:23 left in the second quarter to get the score tied at 2 going into intermission.
After Daniel Lerian and Benhoff scored 12 seconds apart midway through the third quarter to give the Sabres a 5-2 lead, the Flames rallied behind Cliff Homan before falling short.
Goals: S - Sterling 2, Adducci, Lerian, Benhoff 2, Corouge; C - Sandusky, Homan 3, Floyd, Carter. Assists: S - Corouge, Hackett, Sterling 3; C - Homan, Apple. Saves: S - Campbell 7; C - Drown 14. Half: 2-2.