Leaning on goalie Tyler Fiorito in the first half and finding its offense from there behind a three-goal performance from fellow senior Patrick Sartory, the No. 4 McDonogh boys earned a 6-5 overtime win against No. 5 St. Mary's yesterday in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference lacrosse quarterfinals.
Sartory shook off a defender to find open space along the right side, received a pass from Tyler Frederick and quickly fired to secure the win with 1:14 left in the first four-minute overtime period.
The Eagles (16-5) will take on top-ranked Gilman in a semifinal Friday night at Towson University.
While the Eagles' attack has often struggled to play consistently throughout games this season, that hasn't been the case with the defense.
The starting point is Fiorito, who had 10 of his 15 saves in the first half as the Saints (14-6) could only muster a 1-0 halftime lead despite dominating most of the half.
"He's a game-changing kind of goalkeeper," McDonogh coach Scott Corrigan said. "Tyler does an unbelievable job of stopping the ball. But then when you listen to our team when we're on defense, he's the one leading it."
Trailing 4-2 late in the third quarter, the Eagles got consecutive goals from Sam Eby, Sartory and Kyle Rice to take their first lead of the game with 7:59 left to play. But Saints senior Matt Bell scored his second goal of the game with 4:37 left to force overtime.
On the Eagles' second possession in overtime, Frederick had control behind the cage before finding Sartory all alone on the right side for the game-winner.
St. Mary's goalie Peter Stewart also had a fine afternoon with eight saves.