Perry Hall holds off Dulaney for 9-8 win Boys lacrosse

May 20, 1993|By Bob Clark | Bob Clark,Contributing Writer

Unbeaten Perry Hall built a four-goal lead after three quarter and withstood a fourth-quarter surge by Dulaney to win, 9-8, and capture the Class 4A-3A, Region III championship at Catonsville Community College last night.

The victory for the No. 11 Gators (14-0) advances them to Saturday's state semifinals at UMBC and eliminates No. 14 Dulaney (10-3) from the final four. Jeff Taylor led the Gators with four goals, and Jeff Proctor had two goals -- the biggest coming with an extra man with 3:14 left that proved to be the winner.

But the Lions, who had been beaten 11-7 at Perry Hall earlier this season, did not go easily. Trailing 8-4 entering the fourth quarter, Dulaney outshot the Gators, 15-3, in the last quarter and pulled within a goal, 9-8, on a score by Mike Hohl with 1:38 remaining. "We did all we could," Dulaney coach Gary Schreiber said, "but Perry Hall has a fine team."

The Gators' defense, with goalie Brandon Hill making four of his seven saves in the fourth quarter, held off the Lions. "I give the win to Brandon Hill," said Gators junior attack Nick Cowan, who ** scored twice and had an assist. "Our motto was just don't give up, and we didn't."

"The team showed incredible hustle and defense all over the field," Perry Hall coach Bill Dunkerton said. "Brandon Hill had a great game."

Dulaney was led by Matt Steil's three fourth-quarter goals and two assists and Tim Speno's two goals and two assists.

Trailing 2-0, the Gators responded with a five-goal run midway in the first half, holding Dulaney scoreless for more than 13 minutes.

After Speno and Bill Siciliano each had scored for the Lions in the opening minutes, Perry Hall got on the board with an unassisted goal by Proctor just more than three minutes into the game.

Then the Gators scored three goals into the final two minutes of the opening quarter to take a 4-2 lead. An unassisted goal by Cowan tied the score, and Taylor scored twice for a two-goal lead.

Early in the second quarter Cowan added the fifth consecutive Perry Hall score on a 12-yard liner past Dulaney goalie Jeff Brooks.

The Lions broke a 13-minute drought on an extra-man goal by Dan Sherwood on a feed from Speno with less than four minutes to play in the half to cut the lead to 5-3.

In the final minutes of the first half, Taylor scored his third for the Gators and Speno added his second for the Lions. After the first half, the Gators led, 6-4.

The third quarter belonged to Perry Hall, which outshot the Lions, 10-2, in the quarter and built an 8-4 lead on goals by Taylor and Mike Faith.

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