Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Balance carries St. Mark's to SPC lacrosse title
Champions dominate on offense, defense in 9-5 win over Houston St. John's
AUSTIN — Slick turf and tough competition were not enough to keep St. Mark’s from claiming its eighth title in nine years with a 9-5 win over Houston St. John’s in the championship game of the Southwest Preparatory Conference Division I boys lacrosse tournament Saturday.
The match commenced under less-than-favorable conditions at Austin St. Andrew’s. However, the rain and wind didn’t stop midfielder Evan Chang-Tung from giving St. Mark’s a 1-0 lead at the 9:50 mark of the first quarter.
The junior’s unassisted goal set the stage for a storm of take-aways and attacks by St. Mark’s, which dominated the first three quarters. Another key was the performance of goalie Chris Roach, who finished with 11 saves.
St. Mark’s built its lead to 5-0 before David Edwards scored for St. John’s with a little less than three minutes remaining in the first half.
The second half opened with a St. Mark’s player inactive because of carried-over penalty time, but St. John’s couldn’t capitalize.
St. Mark’s extended its lead in the third quarter as Danny Koudelka scored a pair of goals off assists by senior Will Perkins and Chang-Tung. Then, with 1:03 left in the quarter, Perkins scored off an assist by Chang-Tung to make it 8-1.
St. John’s tried to rally, scoring three times in seven minutes in the fourth quarter, but the rally fell short.