C. Milton Wright's Mustangs remained undefeated with an 8-2 win overthe Bel Air Bobcats in county boys lacrosse action Friday night.
The Bobcat remain winless in seven matches with the loss.
Playing great defensively but remaining punchless on offense has been the story this year for the Bobcat's varsity boys lacrosse team,said Bel Air second-year head coach Bruce Riley.
At halftime Friday, the Bobcats (0-7, 0-3 county), trailed 3-1. C. Milton Wright (9-0, 3-0 county) got an early jump on the Bobcats with goals from Mustang midfielders Rich Heckner and Scott Panowitzand attackman Brian Moen.
Midfielder Tim Walter scored Bel Air's only first-half goal. BelAir keeper Bill Steelman recorded 11 saves in the first quarter to keep his team in the game.
However, the third quarter proved to be all C. Milton Wright's, as Rob Heagerty scored two goals and Panowitzand Moen one each to put the Mustangs up 7-1.
The Bobcats only other goal came at the 6:43 mark in the fourth quarter. Attackman Kent Doyle, facing away from the goal on the left side, caught a pass fromWalter, turned around and fired a shot past Mustangs keeper Andy Wishart (12 saves) to put the score at 7-2.
The Mustangs Chris Lloyd popped in the final goal at the 3:07 mark, off an assist from Panowitz.
The Mustangs controlled the tempo of the game for the most part, picking up 46 ground balls to the Bobcat's 26.
"The middies are wearing down," said Riley about his team's effort this season. "But the kids are keeping their heads up and finding a way to enjoy the game."
Riley, who lost five starters to graduation last year, says hethinks his team is improving.
C. Milton Wright head coach Carl Greenberg, in his 11th season, like Riley, was content with his team's performance.
"We wanted to play an up-tempo game . . . we don't try to change for somebody; we try to make them change for us," he said.
This could be one reason the Mustangs have been so successful with their season, having scored some impressive wins thus far.
Israel Sostrin, Heckner and Joe Milano scored three goals each to lead the Mustangs over Edgewood, 15-5, on April 12.
"This was our first big test," said Greenberg. "We played real good transition ball. When we run, we're pretty good."
The Mustangs dominated the midfield, picking up nearly every ground ball en route to a 5-2 first-quarter lead. Outshooting the Rams, 19-2, in the quarter, the Mustangs got three goals in 32 seconds to take a 4-1 lead with 4:13 left. Sostrin, Moen and Heckner scored those goals.
Edgewood suffered a huge loss inthe final seconds of the first half when veteran faceoff man Omar Rahmaan went down with a separated shoulder. Rahmaan, a senior middie, had a hand in both of Edgewood's first-quarter extra-man goals, assisting Brian Andrychowski on the first and scoring the second one on a feed from Keith Letourneau.
By halftime the Rams were still withinfour, 7-3, but the Mustangs exploded for seven more goals in the third quarter.
Staff reporter Kathleen Dunn contributed to this story.