3 goals in first 2 minutes help Fallston to 11-7 victory over North Harford Boys lacrosse

April 24, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Fallston hit visiting North Harford with three goals in the first two minutes and went on to an 11-7 Harford County League boys lacrosse victory last night.

Dan Bowers, Brad Baker and Zach Karantonis got the show going, and Baker, one of several four-year players for coach John Conley, went on to lead the way with four goals, one of six scorers for the Cougars (6-1, 4-0).

North Harford (4-3, 2-1) was down 4-0 before Shane Winberg got a shot past junior goalkeeper Jamie Auer. Fallston came right back to score, and although the two sides were even in scoring for the final three quarters, the home team was in control.

Its biggest lead was 11-5, before Adam Pitarra got the last two of his four goals in the closing 21 seconds. "He's played well for us, particularly on faceoffs," coach John Grubb said.

"Still, giving up the early goals, it's tough to come back, especially against a good team. And their midfields have such great speed, but we didn't quit."

Conley said, "We have the potential to get out on top of people early, but this time, we tired in the middle part of the game, then were trying to force the ball in instead of pulling out and setting up.

"These seniors are my first four-year group,and I've been pleased with their leadership," said Conley. "We knew as freshmen they were going to be good, and they haven't disappointed."

Baker said one of the pluses of having experienced teammates is knowing where each other is on the field: "In our style, it's the overall system rather than one play or one player. Right now, our goals are spread out among more players than in the past."

Pointing to North Harford, he added: "That's the best team we've played. They are just so physical. We're more a finesse team and rely on our stick skills."

The defense, anchored by veterans Ken Polling and Chip Turner, plus sophomore Kernan Kelly, shut down Josh Gottschalk and Jon Wright, North Harford's two scoring stars, limiting them to an assist by Wright.

It made Auer's work a lot easier, and he finished with eight saves.

At the other end, sophomore Ben Priebe had 11 saves and did a solid job once past the first two minutes.

"Getting those early goals really boosted my confidence," Auer said. "Although I knew I still had to concentrate, it made the job easier."

Auer beat out two seniors for the starting job last year and now usually shares time with another junior, Chad Taylor. "We're good friends, but we push each other in practice."

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