Randy Dase calls it the strongest attack he has seen in more than a decade at Towson.
And that's not faint praise: With Dase coaching, the Generals have fielded some impressive lacrosse teams in the last 10 years, including four state champions.
"It is an exceptional attack," said Dase, who is 140-18 in his 13th season at Towson. "It's the finest offense and most potent one overall we've had here since 1980."
With three seniors teaming up to lead a powerful attack and a midfield to support them, Dase and his Class 2A, Region III champions will play Overlea (9-3) at Calvert Hall tomorrow at 3:45 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the state tournament. Dase has his sights set on a perfect 13-0 record and a fifth state title.
The 2A/1A division opponents in Baltimore County were easy competition for the undefeated (10-0 overall, 9-0 league) and relatively untested Generals. They scored 33 goals against Sparrows Point and 31 against Dundalk. Before defeating Overlea, 15-2, in their final regular season game last Friday, the Generals pumped in 26 against Hereford.
Attackmen Chad Henry, Dan Mason (a transfer from Calvert Hall last season) and Mark Bresee are the formidable trifecta for Dase, with Henry leading the area in scoring (51 goals, 20 assists). Mason ranks second (46, 22), and Bresee (31, 15) also is among the area's Top 20.
"Chad Henry has been around a little while longer," Dase said. "He materializes. He has a knack for getting open. Bresee is the unsung of the three. He feeds the other two. Mason scores his goals penetrating one-on-one. All three complement each other."
Helping the offense is a much-improved midfield. Unlike last year, when the Generals ended their season with a 7-6 loss to Edgewood in the state quarterfinals, midfield is now a strength, with seniors Alex Galiani, David Brewer, Jamie Warner and Tim Lynch, junior Scott Hoskins and sophomore Ben Donovan.
"It's nice to have a midfield you can rely on," said Bresee. "Now we just have to keep the ball moving on offense and make something happen."
However, Dase is worried that his offense is too good. In many games, his starting goalie, junior Lance Buckley, has seen only a few shots, if any at all. "The defense is untested," Dase said. "It needs experience. With two juniors and one sophomore starting -- that's a problem."
In praising the high-powered offense, Dase has conjured up the successes of the past. "Tradition kills us," said Dase, who has led his teams to state regional and/or state tournament titles in 1983, '85, '88, and '89.
"You're expected to win at Towson," Dase said. "Win it all or it's a forgotten season." Although the coach is cautious, his players are confident.
"I think we can go all the way and win the state championship, as long as we play as a team," Henry said.
"We've got to take it and go," Mason said. "This team has three incredible attackmen. We're ready to score."