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Lowery's inside job helps Saints to playoff win

May 05, 2009|By BOB PARASILITI

SAINT JAMES -- Usually, people try to avoid guys like Nate Lowery when they are trying to close a deal.

The whole idea is to skip the middle man. On Tuesday, Georgetown Day School couldn't avoid him.

Lowery worked the crease on the inside of Saint James' offense to score five close-range goals and set the table for the Saints' 18-2 rout in the opening round of the Mid-Atlantic Conference's boys lacrosse tournament.

"Nothing much was going on," Lowery said. "I was just playing my game. We tried to work on the crease today and Jordan (Barr) worked it inside and I benefited."

Lowery lumbered around in the rain on the squishy field, finding quick openings. When he wasn't scoring -- including two goals in 32 seconds in the first quarter -- he forced Georgetown's defense to sag back, which opened shooting lanes for the Saints' perimeter.

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It opened a scoring onslaught for the Saints, who were third seeded in the seven-team tournament. Saint James led 9-0 at the half and pushed the game into running-clock mode with Lowery's final goal just 51 seconds into the third quarter.

"Nate has been working hard and played really well," said Saint James coach Ben Louchheim. "We got him in the crease and we are trying to use his big body to his advantage."

The Saints (11-4) took control quickly and never allowed sixth-seeded Georgetown any space. Saint James was on offense for 11 of the 12 minutes in the first quarter alone.

Jamie Paterson put Saint James on the board, capitalizing on a rush to the net at 10:01 of the first quarter. Henry Warner scored off an assist from Barr, before Lowery's two quick goals gave the Saints a 4-0 lead through the first quarter.

Lowery scored to open the second period before Barr -- Saint James' leading scorer -- unleashed three straight goals in a one-minute, 45-second span to turn the game into a rout. The first came off the draw after Lowery's third goal and the other two came off charges from behind the net.

"We like to use Jordan behind the net and Spencer Draper on the top of the offense," Louchheim said. "They work really well together."

Lowery's fourth goal, coming from 5 yards out on the left of the goal with :24 remaining, gave the Saints the comfortable 9-0 halftime lead.

Lowery and Draper scored to open the third quarter before Georgetown Day was able to break the shutout at the 8:43 mark.

Saint James scored the next seven goals in an 18:13 span to close out the victory and earn the right to play second-seed Potomac School on Thursday.

Barr finished with four goals and three assists, while Draper added three goals. Paterson and Ryan Doyle added two goals each and Kevin McCormack scored one, while Saints goalie Nick Beardsley shut down Georgetown.

The victory was all about a process for the Saints.

"Our team played with great confidence," Louchheim said. "We are a good team. They have to start knowing that they are a good team. We want that to be their mentality."

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