Former Syracuse great Gary Gait scored three goals an John Blatchley (Towson State) had three assists to lead Mount Washington Lacrosse Club to an 11-10 win over Maryland Lacrosse Club in the U.S. Club Lacrosse Association Southern Division championship yesterday at Norris Field.
Gait and his former Orangemen teammate Todd Curry each scored two goals as Mount Washington (11-0) jumped out to a 6-1 lead with 11:56 left in the half and held an 8-3 advantage at halftime.
Maryland (9-3), the defending USCLA champions, came back in the second half, out-scoring the Wolfpack 7-3 and had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds when John Tucker (Johns Hopkins) scooped up a loose ball with three seconds left and flung it toward the goal. Tim Goldstein (North Carolina) deflected the ball into the net, but the officials ruled that time had expired.
"I definitely had visions of last year all over again," said Mount Washington coach Skip Lichtfuss, whose Wolfpack lost to Maryland, 12-11, in overtime in last year's Southern Division championship game. "I felt my stomach flip and I said to myself, 'Not again.' "
Tucker said: "We were in danger of getting blown out early, but our guys kept hustling, and we just came up a half-second short."
Rick Sowell (Washington College) finished with three goals for Maryland. Lou Delligatti (Towson State) added two goals and an assist for Mount Washington.
Mount Washington, which won USCLA titles in 1990 and 1991, will play the winner of today's Northern Division championship game between the Brine Lacrosse Club and the Long Island Athletic Club for the USCLA championship Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Johns Hopkins.
"I don't care who we play [in the championship]," said Mount Washington defenseman Dave Pietramala (Johns Hopkins.) "I'm just happy that we're going to be there."