The Harford Community College men's lacrosse team scored its first victory over a junior college foe beating Catonsville, 16-8.
Jason Harrison (a North Harford graduate) and David Owen (Bel Air) scored four goals each as the Owls downed the Cardinals at Catonsville on April 5.
For the Owls, who had lost to three nationally ranked junior college teams, the victory marked a huge step in coach Frank Mezzanotte'sfirst-year plan. Mezzanotte, who coached Edgewood High to three state/regional titles, plans to build a nationally competitive squad in five years or less.
"Catonsville has a long reputation in lacrosse,so this was a big game for us," said Mezzanotte. "At the start of the season, we were playing with a group of individuals, but now we seem to be coming together in a common cause."
The Owls (3-4) jumped out to a quick lead against Catonsville. They took an 11-4 halftime lead. Harrison scored all of his goals in the half while Owen had three.
In the second half, the Owls continued to pull away. Larry Kennedy (Bel Air) and Mike Axelsson (North Harford) scored two goals eachand Jason Smith (Bel Air), Colin Carr (Fallston), Jason Hajek (Bel Air) and Parker Elliott (Fallston) added single goals.
Owen also had three assists and Darryl Maxey (Edgewood) had two. Joe Axel (Bel Air), Mark McGovern (C. Milton Wright), Smith and Carr had one assist each.
In the goal, Dave Deffinbaugh (John Carroll) made 20 saves. Steele Phoebus (C.M. Wright) came on to relieve him and stopped four shots.
Wednesday, the Owls faced a powerhouse Essex Community College team that they had already lost to once. This time, they dropped a30-6 contest to the Knights at Essex. Harrison and Owen scored two goals each and Maxey and Carr added single goals. Kennedy had the loneassist.
Deffinbaugh had seven saves and Jim Pfau (Bel Air) came on to add a save.
After a scheduled game with Suffolk Community College yesterday, the Owls have five games remaining on their schedule,including three at home. Next, they host Gettysburg's B team on April 16 at North Harford High School at 7 p.m. In their previous meeting, the Owls topped Gettysburg, 15-12.
The Owls will play their lasttwo home games at Fallston High. On April 23, they play host to Catonsville and on May 3, they host Rockland Community College. Both games are at 7 p.m.