No. 4 St. Paul’s traveled to Anne Arundel County, Tuesday, to take on league foe Archbishop Spalding in a MIAA A Conference game with playoff implications.
The deal for the Crusaders was simple, win and you’re in.
The visitors responded with a convincing 13-5 victory to earn a spot in the MIAA playoffs later next week. St. Paul’s (14-3, 5-2 MIAA A), which is currently tied for third-place with McDonogh, led from start to finish, jumping out to a 4-0 cushion early, pushing it to 9-2 at the half, and 12-3 going into the final stanza.
Once again, Brendan Tscherne and company owned the face-off dot winning 9-of-10. Chris Cabral and Jack Stamm did almost as well, winning 7-of-10 draws combined. Logan Posner continued his assault on the goal scoring record books, scoring four times to push his season total to 55 goals. Kyle DiPietro had a strong game as well, scoring two goals of his own to go along with a single helper. Seven other Crusaders found the back of the net, led by Logan Zimnoch and Andrew Milani, who each scored a goal and added a helper. Carson Gaeger, Riley Gaeger, Jack Brocato,
Bobby Barroll, and Matty Mayer also scored single tallies each, while Jackson Woodward, Keegan Pearl and Aidan Karey chipped in with single assists.
The defense was stingy all game long led by; Ham Whiteford, Nick Hapney, Andrew Caples, Jennings Schweizer, Barroll, Jackson Woodward, Antonio Mastromanolis, Chad Vasquenza, Spencer Hall, Mason Woodward, Will Burdette, Blake Hill, Brian Connolly and Frank Hapney. Alex Rode recorded five saves in net, while Jack Taylor and Billy Chizmar each registered single saves. All thirty-six Crusaders saw good playing time and contributed to the team victory.
Next, the Crusies travel to Calvert Hall Friday night to square off against the undefeated (in league) and top-ranked Cardinals under the lights at Russo Stadium (7pm).
Spalding (6-9 overall) fell to 0-7 in the league. Cole Llewellyn, recently up from the JV, led the Cavaliers with three goals.