Butch Marino scored two goals to lead Mount Washington Lacrosse Club over New York Athletic Club, 6-3, for the U.S. Club Lacrosse Association championship last night at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field.
Each team scored three goals in the first quarter, then the defense dictated the pace the rest of the way. But Mount Washington scored once in each remaining period for the victory.
Marino's first goal came 15:59 into the game, and he added the game's last score with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter.
In other games on the last day of the Hall of Fame Lacrosse Classic, the North defeated the South, 14-7, in the inaugural men's Division III all-star game, the South beat the North, 11-6, in the boys high school all-star game and Pennsylvania edged Maryland, 7-6, in the girls high school all-star game.
Perry Hall LC swarmed the field aggressively in bullying pas Central Jersey LC, 12-9, to win the Central Athletic Lacrosse League championship. Steve Klein (four goals) of Washington College and Towson State's Joe Furnari (three goals) led Perry Hall.
In the Division III game, the North scored twice in a 20-second span of the second period to break a scoring drought.
Tom Emmick of RIT and Alfred University's Joe Alberici led the North with two goals apiece.
Chad Henry of Towson scored three goals to lead the South in the boys North-South game.
Low-scoring games have been a trend in this event, now in its ninth year. With the lack of scoring, the action often has been slow.
The Division III game was following the same course until the North pulled away from a 2-2 tie, beginning with an unassisted goal by Mike Aliperti of Roger Williams College 7 minutes, 24 seconds before halftime. Springfield College's Greg Clements assisted Alberici 20 seconds later to put the North ahead, 4-2.
"Our defense was really aggressive, and things opened up on the offensive end because of it," said Emmick, voted most valuable player. "None of the North [men's] teams had won yet, and we wanted to come out and change that."
The South appeared further disoriented after the North, behind goals from Union College's John Keller and Bill Mille of Hobart College, increased the lead to 6-2 at the break.
Rich Frantz of Ohio Wesleyan sparked the South at the start of the second half, coming around goal to score unassisted. But the North answered with four goals to lead by 11-3 into the fourth period.