Fleming leads Southern past Southwestern, 13-5 Boys lacrosse

April 29, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Southwestern figured to be one of season's biggest 3A League challenges for Southern's boys lacrosse team yesterday, but someone forgot to tell Tom Fleming.

The senior attackman consistently pierced the visiting Sabers' defense, scoring six goals with an assist to single-handedly outscore Southwestern (5-4, 5-2) in a 13-5 victory at Swann Park.

"This was one of our most important games of the year," said Fleming, whose team-leading total of 30 goals and 14 assists surpasses last year's 27-goal, 15-assist effort.

The win gives last year's C Conference runner-up Bulldogs the inside track to the 3A crown. On Tuesday, Southern plays host to Northwestern, which split games with Southwestern and earlier lost, 7-5, to Southern.

Southern, which has outscored its opponents 109-28, faces Carver next Thursday and Southwestern again on May 10.

"We just got on a roll," said Fleming. "I figured, if we beat these guys, it's clear sailing. At least it gives me confidence going into Northwestern."

In yesterday's first quarter, which ended in a 3-3 tie, the game threatened to become a shootout between Fleming, who scored twice in the period, and Southwestern's Nelson Mejia, who scored three times, including the day's first goal a little less than a minute into the game.

But Bulldogs midfielder Carl Randle, who has 11 goals and five assists, scooped a ground ball on the run and tied the game by placing his first of two goals past Eugene Warren (17 saves) from 15 yards.

Mejia made it 2-1, and Fleming scored twice for a 3-2 Southern lead with 3:59 left in the period. Mejia scored for the final time 27 seconds before the second quarter.

Then the Bulldogs' transition went into hyper-drive behind midfielders Chris Lewis (24, 13) and Dwight Bennett, who combined to win 16 of the game's 22 faceoffs.

The Bulldogs got two second-quarter goals from Fleming and one each from Lewis and midfielder Darian Fowler, while sophomore goalie Joey Turner (14 saves) thwarted the Sabers for a 7-3 halftime lead.

Lewis, a two-time C Conference Player of the Year, ended the game with two goals and two assists to raise his career totals to 93 goals and 41 assists. Attackman David Gurry (14, 18) had a goal and an assist, and Tyrone Gamble scored once.

"The credit goes to the second midfield, the defense and especially our goalie," said Lewis, who will play lacrosse at either Johns Hopkins, or as a package deal at Goucher College with Fleming, Gurry and Rob Turner (21, 11).

"We told [coach Bill Nagle] that we'd win a state title," said Lewis. "We're going to keep our promise."

The Sabers, who trailed by as much as 11-3 late in the third quarter, scored just twice more, on man-advantage penalties. Ray Conklin (16, 7) and Darrell Parker (14, 11) tallied late in the third and fourth periods respectively.

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