The St. Paul's lacrosse team doesn't have the same experience this season as in years past.
Nine sophomores and a freshman see prominent time, which leads to some mistakes. It also hurts that senior attackman Cliff Larkin is still sidelined with a shoulder injury.
The negative aspects of those circumstances showed yesterday as the No. 8 Crusaders fell to host Georgetown Prep of North Bethesda, 6-3. The Hoyas are ranked No. 25 on insidelacrosse.com and fell to Gilman, 10-7, on March 20.
"We had some breakdowns," St. Paul's coach Rick Brocato said. "In the second half, they [the Hoyas] dominated in the middle of the field. You have to execute, and that's what we didn't do in the second half."
St. Paul's (1-4) was up after the first half thanks to some great defense. The Crusaders held the Hoyas scoreless in the first quarter and to just one goal in the second quarter. Goalie Harry Kreiger was great in goal, deflecting eight shots in the first half. St. Paul's showed early that it could hang with a strong Georgetown Prep team, leading 2-1.
"This was not about a lack of an effort or desire. Our kids really played hard today," Brocato said. "Our kids are young and still learning, but I was so proud of the effort of my boys."
The Hoyas (7-2) answered in the second half. They got two goals from Brian Casey and another from Nick Serena in a two-minute span in the third quarter that turned the momentum in their favor and gave them a 4-2 lead.
St. Paul's closed the gap to one goal in the fourth when Ty Feeley found a cutting Pat Powderly (one goal, one assist) for a quick strike that pulled the score to 4-3.
Georgetown Prep answered quickly with another goal from Casey (three goals, one assist) 30 seconds later. The Hoyas would get one more goal from Adam Johnston that put the game away.