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THE BALTIMORE SUN

Kyle Dixon had five goals and four assists yesterday as Archbishop Spalding captured its second straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference championship, beating its Anne Arundel County neighbor, Annapolis Area Christian, 14-11, at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field.

Derek Platt added three goals and one assist for Spalding (15-9), which had dedicated this season to Andy Eser. A goalie on last spring's title team, Eser died last fall after a car crash.

The Cavaliers wore the letters "ES," along with his No. 7, on their helmets. In keeping with the moment, coach Walt Blahut called a timeout for substitutions with seven seconds left.

Dustin Coombs (five goals, one assist) paced Annapolis Area Christian (13-8), which had led both regular-season games only to succumb to Spalding's third-quarter comebacks.

With the exception of an early 1-1 tie yesterday, Spalding led all the way. The Cavaliers built a 6-3 lead after the first period and were up 11-7 at intermission.

Annapolis Area Christian scored the first three goals of the second half to pull within 11-10. After the Eagles reduced the margin to 12-11 in the fourth on an extra-man goal, the Cavaliers sealed the outcome by scoring the game's final two goals.

Goals: A -- Coombs 5, Steigerwald 2, Napolitano, McCuen, Strickland, Rogge. S -- Dixon 5, Platt 3, Latonick 2, Donovan 2, Petrovick, Klein. Assists: A -- Napolitano 2, Coombs, Strickland, Bitzer. S -- Dixon 4, Latonick 2, Platt. Saves: A -- Mahaffey 11. S -- Hoover 12. Half: 11-7, S

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