They are the tall and short part of the McDonogh's boys lacrosse attack - 6-foot-5 senior Porter Curran and 5-foot-6 junior Collins Cary. But they were equally efficient against visiting and top-ranked St. Paul's yesterday, helping to lift No. 2 McDonogh to a 10-7 victory.
Cary had one goal and three assists, and Curran had two goals and two assists in the Eagles' (3-0 league, 12-0 overall) upset over the defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champion Crusaders (1-1, 5-1).
And after ending St. Paul's winning streak at 14 games, each player emphasized his desire not to repeat the past two seasons, when the Eagles missed the postseason.
"My freshman and sophomore year, we missed the playoffs by one game both times," said Cary. "We're not going to let that happen again."
"We're a team that's really driven," Curran added. "A lot of us have waited three years to be on a team like this, and we really want it this year."
That was apparent from the start, as the Eagles took a 3-0 lead on six shots. At that point, coach Jake Reed warned, "we were up like this last year, and they came back and beat us."
St. Paul's tied the game at 4-4 with 8:01 left in the first half, paced by All-Metro Gavin Gill (two goals, three assists), Craig Andrzjewski (two goals) and Bart Wagner.
But a six-goal run gave McDonogh a 10-4 lead with 3:04 left in the third quarter, a period during which the Eagles scored five goals on nine shots, with the other four shots being thwarted by St. Paul's keeper Kevin Scott (11 saves).
"We slowed it down and took quality shots," Curran said. "Our midfielders got off a lot of those."
The midfield corps included Travis Reed (three goals), Jimmy Daly (two goals, one assist), Garrett Schaab (two assists) and Bryn Holmes, who had 11 ground balls and won 12 of 14 faceoffs.
All-Metro defender Brennan Kelly was impressive despite playing on an injured ankle, as was junior defender Billy Geist, who frustrated Gill early on.
"[Gill] had trouble in the beginning, but a player like that's going to score, so you do what you can," said Geist, who did enough to win Gill's respect.
"They did a good job pressuring the ball, forcing me into mistakes I don't normally make," Gill said. "But as a team, we need to be better, because unlike last year, everyone's gunning for us. This year, we're the hunted."