When Severn's prolific scorer Michael Phipps got hurt a week ago, fellow attackman Michael Biles knew it was time for him to keep his head. Biles has done that - and turned the heads of others in the process.
Yesterday, for the second straight game, the senior scored four times as the seventh-ranked Admirals defeated host Mount St. Joseph, 9-5, in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game.
He also scored four during the Admirals' 8-7 win over Calvert Hall on Tuesday.
"I knew I had to take a little bit more of a leadership role," said Biles. "We needed someone to pick up the offense. I expect a lot from this team, and I expect even more from myself."
The Admirals (4-1) came out firing yesterday, peppering Tom Scherr, goalie for the 13th-ranked Gaels, with 13 first-quarter shots. Biles got the game's first goal, beating Scherr with a high dart with 3:22 left in the first quarter. Just over a minute later, Severn doubled its lead to 2-0 with Zach Dunigan scoring from just outside the crease.
Biles found the net again on an extra-man play 3:15 into the second quarter, and the Admirals kept shooting way. Goals by Ben Staines and Will Deane ran the Admirals' advantage to 5-0, and 7:06 were still left before halftime.
The young Gaels (3-1) didn't quit, however.
With 4:34 left in the half, Gaels attackman Ben Mundorf beat Severn goalie Kip Turner, who would finish with seven saves, making the halftime score 5-1.
Then the Gaels made things interesting, scoring the second half's first three goals, making their deficit only 5-4 with 6:04 left in the third quarter. The rally saw Mundorf, Brian Gargan and Patrick Wyatt score.
"We got a little cocky," said Biles of the Gaels' comeback. "They're a good team, and we started to get a little sloppy. We had to settle down and play our game."
That's exactly what happened, with Biles scoring 1:06 later to give Severn a 6-4 lead. And the Admirals scored the next three goals, as well, one each by Biles, Staines, and Chris Mercer, putting the game out of reach. Mount St. Joseph's Michael Sutter closed out the scoring with a late goal.
Severn coach Jamie McNealey says Biles has been a pleasant surprise this week.
"He seems to have found his spot," said McNealey. "When [Phipps] went out, he didn't miss a beat. I think he symbolizes our team. We're pretty beat up right now, but there always seems to be somebody else ready to step in."
McNealey was also full of compliments for his defense.
"We held [St. Joe] to five goals, and Calvert Hall to seven earlier in the week," he said. "I think that speaks volumes about how our defense plays."