By Christian Swezey
Wednesday, March 24, 2010;
After winning seven Indiana boys' lacrosse state championships in its history, Culver Military Academy (Ind.) took a spring break trip to the Washington area looking for name recognition outside its state.
That recognition is almost certain to come following an 11-7 victory over host St. Albans on Wednesday in Northwest Washington. The Eagles (3-1) took their largest lead at 11-3 following a goal by senior Cameron Garrison, a native of Plymouth, Ind., with 2 minutes 44 seconds remaining.
"This is huge for our program and huge for our state," Culver Coach Jon Posner said. "This has to be the biggest win for our program in its history," which dates from 1982.
After the game, as the Culver players joyfully posed for pictures, St. Albans held a players-only meeting followed by a long meeting with its coaches.
The Bulldogs (1-2) missed all 12 of their first-half shots. They closed to 3-1 following a goal by junior Tucker Leachman early in the third quarter but got no closer. Senior Patrick Dougherty finished with four goals and an assist and junior Robert Talcott won 15 of 20 face-offs for St. Albans.
Sophomore Bud Graham scored three goals and junior goalie Coltan Armitage made 17 saves for Culver. Senior Brandon Benn, a native of Orangeville, Ont., who has committed to Johns Hopkins, added two goals and an assist.
Culver's starting defense of seniors Michael Kime (native of Indianapolis), Ryan Everson (Greenfield, Wisc.) and Connor Eustace (Newmarket, Ont.) helped force 21 turnovers and held the Bulldogs without a goal during a three-minute non-releasable penalty for an illegal stick in the second quarter.
Culver had lost to Severn (Md.) on Tuesday, 9-7, despite four goals from Benn.
"We played much better than we did [on Tuesday]," Posner said. "We've only had four practices because the weather has been so wet in Indiana. We're out there a little bit."