Second-quarter surge helps St. Andrews' roll
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
by Chuck King
Mike Bellando's six goals woke up a struggling St. Andrew's offense, allowing the Scots' boys lacrosse team to cruise to a 14-4 victory against Miami-Gulliver Prep on Tuesday and advance to the second round.
Trailing 2-0 entering the second quarter, St. Andrew's (19-1) finally scored when Lee Coppersmith converted Will Diamond's pass from behind the net to trim the lead to one.
Coppersmith's goal launched St. Andrew's on a 6-0 scoring run that lasted into the third quarter.
"We can wear teams down, and I think that's the difference," St. Andrew's coach Jeff Goldberg said. "We can play all 25 players."
Matt Bellando tied the match at 2-2 when he redirected another Diamond pass into the Gulliver net. With less than a minute remaining in the half, Bellando's second goal gave the Scots their first lead.
"We started getting pumped up right after the first quarter," Bellando said. "We were like, this can not happen, and we just went off."
St. Andrew's pushed the lead to 6-2 midway through the third quarter before a goal by Gulliver's Peter Roth ended the Scots' run.
Gulliver (12-5), however, was unable to gain any momentum from the goal. Less than two minutes later, Scots attacker Robert Nogueres converted on a two-man advantage, launching St. Andrew's on a four-goal run that put the game out of reach. Nogueres finished with four goals.
"We came out and did a good job in the beginning but then we got sloppy," Gulliver coach Garrick Robinson said. "When you get sloppy, you pay for it."
Tim Daley and Brad DeSouza scored for St. Andrew's. Diamond, who also had a goal, led the Scots with four assists and Michael Lipin added three. Bernie Susskind made seven saves in the victory.
Gulliver midfielder Clay Patchen scored the Raiders' first two goals and finished with three.
St. Andrew's will host undefeated Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas on Friday in the second round.