St. Paul’s traveled to Severna Park, Tuesday, for a key MIAA A Conference lacrosse match-up with No. 4 Severn, and, with an exciting 9-8 victory, the Crusaders punched their ticket into the post-season.

After starting out strong and building a 9-4 lead into the third period, the Crusaders (11-5, 5-2) relied on its defense and strong goalie play, late in the game, to hold off the Admirals 9-8. In winning its fifth consecutive conference game, St. Paul’s has climbed into a tie for third place with Calvert Hall and still has an opportunity to climb as high as second place which would bring a first-round playoff bye.

Brendan Tscherne was a catalyst, winning 15-of-20 face-offs, scooping up 9 ground-balls, and adding what proved to be the winning goal. Keegan Pearl fired in 3 goals and Mitch Gordon scored a goal and added three helpers. Logan Posner contributed a goal and an assist, and long-stick midfielder Antonio Mastromanolis added another tally, his third in the past four league games.

In addition, Kyle DiPietro and Matt Mayer also scored single goals, while Jack Brocato doled out a pair of assists.

Alex Rode had another strong outing minding the Crusader net, finishing with 13 saves. The defense led by John Faus, Connor Sorg, Ian Hunter, Mac Evander, Bob Barroll and Riley Gaeger stepped up time and time again, including a huge defensive stand, not allowing the Severn offense to muster a shot on their final possession in the final minute and a half.

Michael Lamon led all scorers with two goals and three assists for the Admirals (13-6, 2-5). Hunter Tyler netted two scores and Tyler Perreten added a goal and an assist for the hosts.

St. Paul’s takes to the field again on Friday in Brooklandville against No. 3 Calvert Hall, in a must win if the Crusaders wish to climb in the top two, before closing against arch-rival No. 2 Boys’ Latin next Tuesday.

Severn battles with arch rival St. Mary’s in Severn, on Friday, and then closes with Archbishop Spalding. Two wins should get the Admirals into a playoffs.