Friends tops Park, 8-5, in title-game warm-up Boys lacrosse

May 08, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

Yesterday's lacrosse game between Park and host Friends meant nothing on paper.

With both teams having clinched spots in the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference title game, the only incentive was pride.

And there was no shortage of that.

After an intense back-and-forth struggle early on, Friends took control and scored six of the final eight goals en route to an 8-5 win.

"We weren't looking at it as a preview of the title game, but Park is always a big game for us," said Friends attackman Spencer Deering,whose team defeated the Bruins for the second time in two weeks. "We were pretty nervous about this."

Early on, the Quakers (9-1 overall, 7-0 in the conference) looked it.

The teams traded goals throughout the first quarter, and when Park's Bryan Knepper scored his second with 1:37 left in the quarter, the Bruins had a 3-2 lead.

But from there, Friends outshot Park 23-9 and controlled the ball on offense.

"I thought we got our feet under us in the second quarter," said Friends coach Jon Garman. "We took a little more control of the game, but I can't say I was entirely confident until we scored our eighth goal."

Deering led Friends with three goals. Andy Devlin had two goals and Chris Baughman added a goal and two assists.

The teams will meet again in the MSA B Conference title game on May 21 at UMBC Stadium, where the Quakers will try to defend their title.

Garman says that beating Park (6-3, 5-2) twice could be a disadvantage come playoff time.

"It's pretty tough to beat a team three times in a season," said Garman. "That's the situation we're presented with, and we'll just have to make the most of it.

For the Bruins, playing competitively with Friends was a needed confidence builder. Park coach Lucky Mallonee said that he was pleased with his team's effort coming off its earlier 7-3 loss to the Quakers.

If not for a few mental mistakes, yesterday's outcome could've been different, he said.

"With a one-goal difference we lost our poise," said Mallonee, who added that his team needs to improve its clearing. "They're a tough team for us because they control the ball very well.

"The biggest thing for our kids is believing they can beat Friends -- and I think they do."

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