Friars outlast Saints Peter & Paul in Easton

Deprived of its usual up-tempo pace, by a deliberate Saints Peter & Paul offensive approach and a tough zone defense by the Sabres, Archbishop Curley found a way to grind out a hard-fought 9-7 MIAA B Conference lacrosse victory, on the road Friday in Easton.

The win allowed the reigning champion Friars to remain unbeaten in league play (6-0) and clinch the top seed for the playoffs, which get underway on May 15th.

“We got off to a slow start and Saints Peter & Paul did a great job slowing the game down with their zone defense and deliberate offense,” said Curley coach Chris Ogle. “We didn’t shoot the ball particularly well in the first half and give credit to their goalie for making some good saves. Our defense played well all game and bought us some time to get our offense going.”

Curley trailed 6-4 with five minutes to play in the third quarter, but used a four goal run to take an 8-6 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Freshman James Zingo scored the go-ahead goal, with the Friars a man-down to give us a 7-6 lead, which we really swung the momentum to Curley.

Denzel Evans led Curley with two goals and two assists and Caleb Haire had a goal and an assist. In addition, Denim Evans and Lee Rock each scored a pair of goals for the Friars (6-3 overall).

“It was a tough win for us,” added Ogle. “We didn’t play our best, but give credit to Saints Peter & Paul for that. They are well coached and always play us tough. I was very proud of our guys in the way we battled back and closed out the game. We still have plenty to work on moving into the last regular season game and moving into the playoffs.”

With just one game to play, against Gerstell Academy, Curley holds a tie-break over Friends School, the only team in the league with one loss which could force a potential tie for first place. The Sabres (5-5 overall) fell to 4-2 in the league. The Sabres, who will close their regular season next Friday at Annapolis Area Christian School, will be the third seed for the playoffs.