No. 13 Fallston rips No. 14 Wright Expected duel is 21-7 drubbing Boys lacrosse

April 29, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Third-year head coach John Conley, whose ties with Fallston High School lacrosse go back to when he played some dozen years ago, says this year's team is one of the most talented the school has had -- if it plays to its potential.

He will get no argument from C. Milton Wright coach Carl Greenberg and his players.

Fallston certainly played to its potential yesterday, routing the Mustangs on its own field, and putting on an impressive show during a 21-7 victory in a Harford County League game.

An exciting contest between the teams ranked No. 13 and No. 14 in the area was expected, but it was over almost as soon as it started. Fallston (6-1) beat the Mustangs (7-3) in every phase of the game, running off the game's first 16 goals before the home side scored on a shot by Corey Smith with nearly three minutes gone in the third period.

"We allowed them to control the tempo and we didn't play good defense," Greenberg said. "A big point was that early on they got a lot of loose ball pushes. We just never got into it."

It was obvious from the start that Fallston was into it, as it dominated play.

"We didn't expect it to be like that," Conley said. "You don't expect a game between two closely ranked teams to be a blowout."

As is often the case in such situations, though, things get magnified out of proportion, so the more things went right for the Cougars, the worse Wright looked.

"Another thing, our offense played so well and controlled the ball so much that their offense never got a chance to get going," Conley added.

Our defense had so much rest that it was ready when needed, and on their [the Mustangs'] side, the offense gets stagnant in those situations. It's tough to restart."

Still, starting goalie Jamie Auer was active enough to get nine saves in the first half, before turning the job over to Chad Taylor.

"I was proud of our defense," Auer said. "For the first time, I heard them talk, yelling on shots and communicating with each other."

Fallston thought it had something to prove, too, after losing to the Mustangs last year, a season when the Cougars won their regional title.

"We regained our pride with this one," Auer said. "Those of us who played last year -- we remember. This was just what I needed. I'll be ready for the next game, but the emotions won't be the same as they were this time."

Even so, Conley will tell them the potential is there. "Each game, we try to improve," attackman Dan Bowers said. "We'll try to keep this flow going."

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