Knights hold off Falcons, 11-7 Boys lacrosse

April 21, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Now that the holiday tournaments are out of the way, North County boys lacrosse coach Paul Shea expects the games to get tougher.

And the opponents to get closer.

"We knew we'd have to start playing big-time," Shea said, after his 10th-ranked Knights (8-0) withstood two surges yesterday from visiting Severna Park (2-3) to win, 11-7.

"This is the part of the schedule we knew would get tougher, and we'd need our good ballplayers to step up to the occasion."

Seniors Greg Sabo and Andy Mocarsky and sophomore Matt Collins did just that. Sabo had three goals and five assists, Mocarsky scored twice and had three assists, and Collins finished with a hat trick.

The Knights had met little resistance before yesterday. They needed a late score from Ian Stevenson to defeat Chesapeake, 7-6, and allowed three second-half goals in beating Spalding, 6-3. But in their other five games, they won by an average of seven goals.

The Falcons started out like another team that wouldn't pose much of a threat, falling behind 4-0 in the first quarter on goals by Collins, Sabo, Mocarsky and Stevenson. But Severna Park's John Miller scored unassisted just 32 seconds into the second quarter to shift the momentum.

Sean O'Malley took a pass from Mark Frye with his back to the net, spun and unleashed a shot over a defender and past Knights keeper Chris Labosky with 3:16 left.

Twenty-three seconds later, Steve Roop picked up a loose ball in front of Labosky and scored to bring Severna Park within 4-3. Falcons keeper Matt Pugh stopped Sabo twice after that to keep the halftime deficit at one goal.

North County scored on its first three shots of the third quarter to lead 7-3, but again, Severna Park came storming back. This time, Dave Livingston, Owen Glister and Roop converted in succession, with Roop's goal coming with North County a man down at 8:29.

"They're a very opportunistic team," said Shea, whose squad won the North County Holiday Tournament earlier this month for the third straight year. "Severna Park is always tough. They had a lot more speed than we do, more depth than we do. They're good ballplayers and well-coached.

"It got scary there. We'd get up on them and I'd turn around and they were right back in it."

Then, they tumbled out of it. Sabo scored off a pass from Mocarsky with seven seconds left in the third quarter, and he assisted on goals from Collins and Mocarsky to begin the fourth.

"We insisted on giving them the ball back," said Falcons coach Ed Ulrich, whose team also has lost to No. 5 Broadneck, 9-5, and No. 3 Loyola, 4-1.

"We make so many mental mistakes that translate to physical mistakes. I don't know how many times we threw the ball away. We'd try to dodge through three rather than pulling it out of traffic.

"North County's a good team, though. They won fair and square."

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