Essex CC rebounds to top Anne Arundel

March 31, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Anne Arundel Community College men's lacrosse team had host Essex CC right where it wanted in yesterday's Region XX game, but Essex never gave up and eventually downed the Pioneers, 12-11, in double overtime.

"I don't think we deserved that fate because we certainly played well enough to win today," said head coach Buddy Beardmore. The Pioneers last defeated Essex in 1985. That year, they advanced to the national junior college tournament where they bowed in the finals to Nassau CC, 13-9.

"We let them get the momentum [in the second half] and they're a good ballclub and when they get the momentum then you're in trouble," Beardmore said.

The trouble really began for the Pioneers in the second half. After leading 9-3 at halftime, Arundel saw the margin shrink to 10-6 in the third quarter after goals by Scott Jackson, Jason Dobson and Mason Ray.

The Knights continued their comeback effort in the fourth quarter as they reeled off four straight goals in the opening seven minutes to knot the score at 10. Dobson started things off with a goal on a feed from Ray and Ray made it a 10-8 game when he scored with 11:06 left in the third. Jackson, who finished with three goals, then added two goals to tie it.

The Pioneers regained the lead momentarily on Steven Phipps' goal assisted by Jamison Miller but Dobson answered for the Knights with 4:05 remaining to send the game into overtime.

Neither team could find the net in the first sudden-death period but freshman Brian Smith (one, one) put the game to rest when he fired in the game-winner 1:17 into the second four-minute overtime.

Ray was the Knights' leading point-getter with two goals and five assists and Dobson was second with three goals and one assist. Phipps led Arundel with four goals and one assist.

Essex goalie Stan Rote had one less stop than Anne Arundel's Chris Brown (20 saves), but three of his came during extended play.

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