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A St. Paul's defender was in the face of Georgetown Prep senior Ryan Shuler as he set up for a restart after the ball had rolled out of bounds to the left of the opponent's goal.

"We were told if we had a shot, take it," Shuler said. "I had about five seconds to make a move."

Shuler sprinted into the box, gained a step on his defender and converted the game-winner with 1.1 seconds left in the second four-minute overtime of yesterday's 6-5 victory at No. 2 St. Paul's. The Crusaders (5-1) suffered their first defeat at the 4-year-old Martin D. Tullai Field after 36 wins.

Shuler had two goals, Patrick Maloney a goal and an assist, and Georgetown got one goal each from Henry Van Wagenberg, Patrick Cotter and Will Amling.

The Little Hoyas (6-0), who are ranked No. 2 nationally by Inside Lacrosse magazine, pushed their winning streak to 35 games. Their 22-0 mark of last year earned the program's second consecutive Interstate Athletic Conference crown.

Georgetown overcame a heroic comeback led by the Crusaders' Chris Clements (one goal, one assist), Thomas Galvin (one, one) and Adam Johnston (two goals).

Down 4-0 with 8:33 left in the third quarter, St. Paul's scored five of the next six goals, including a 4-0 fourth-quarter run during which Johnston's consecutive scores made it 5-5 with 1:58 left in regulation.

Georgetown Prep's Dan Gutierrez and St. Paul's Stuart Wheeler had 19 saves each. Gutierrez made three stops in the second overtime, and Wheeler had one during each overtime.

"Stuart was terrific. There were some point-blanks which, had they gone in, could have buried us," said St. Paul's coach Rick Brocato.

"Our offense just chipped away. And our defense -- Tyler Boykin, Scott Matthews, Leks Gerlak, Peter and John Windsor -- clamped down."

The game marked a first-game return of Virginia-bound Georgetown Prep defender Bray Malphrus, who was sidelined with a stress fracture in his lower back.

Considered among the nation's premiere Division I recruits, Malphrus was re-examined on Thursday by a spinal specialist, who "found there's no imminent danger in me playing," he said.

"I was more a morale booster than anything," said Malphrus, praising fellow defensemen Derek Styer, Patrick Schmitz, Michael Flanagan, Jake Brems and 6-foot-6 Kevin Ridgeway.


No. 3 Archbishop Spalding 12, No. 5 Eastern Tech 2 -- Steve Brinkley hit two home runs for the host Cavaliers (10-0), who also got homers from Jason Patten and Jeff Kemp. Paul Devito struck out nine while improving his record to 3-0. Spalding's David Carlson, Kody Hines and Joe McHale each had three hits. The Mavericks fell to 1-1.

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