Fallston head coach John Conley's motto is head, heart and hustle.
And the Cougars used plenty of all three in a 14-3 win Friday afternoon against the Joppatowne Mariners.
The Cougars (3-0 county, 5-1 overall) jumped out to an 8-1 halftime lead against the Mariners.
"When we think and stick to the gameplan, we function as a team very well," Conley said of his team's performance.
To start the game, the players repeated Conley's motto in a huddle.
At the 9:19 mark of the first quarter, Todd Paradise assisted Joe Poling (two goals) for the first score.
With 2:06 remaining in the quarter, Fallston's Fred Sheckells put one in the net, assisted by Pete Dixon.
Fallston's excellent stick work, solid passing and stubborn defense from goalies Ollie Sheheta (11 saves), Jamie Auer (three saves) and Brian Parkinson (four saves) led the way to a dominating second-quarter performance.
The Cougars went on a 5-0goal spurt that put them up, 7-0, with less than three minutes remaining in the quarter.
At the 6:38 mark, Zack Karantonis scored unassisted, as did Brad Baker at the 5:32 mark.
Dan Bowers connected on a pass from Ryan Wegeler (six assists) 21 seconds later.
The next goal was scored by Karantonis, assisted by Baker. Sheckells scored next unassisted.
With 2:09 left in the half, Joppatowne attackman James Arthur scored on a hard underhand shot, assisted by Andrew Swentzel.
Fallston came right back with 21 seconds left in the half.
Wegeler, from behind the goal, fed Karantonis just in front of the crease to end the half.
Fallston was called for four one-minute penalties in the second quarter, but Joppatowne could not capitalize.
"They denied Arthur and (Brian) Ward and made it tough for us to get going," said Joppatowne coach Bill Waibel.
"I hope this was our one poor showing of the year."
In the third quarter, Fallston goals from Brian Austin, Karantonis, Paradise, Poling and Bowers -- with a Joppatowne score from Tim Brenneman sandwiched in between -- increased the Cougars lead to 13-2 going into the final quarter.
It alsoshowed that Fallston has some depth and should be competitive for the lead in county title race.
"We started out a little slow, but inthe third quarter, the players started looking for each other and out for each other," said Conley.
Arthur scored again for the Mariners in the fourth quarter, and Baker scored unassisted on a loose ballpickup at the 3:05 mark for the last score of the game.