Annapolis cruises to win over Knights

April 09, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

It was "Fred Stauffer Night" at Annapolis High School, honoring the Panthers' athletic director for his 30 years of service, but the evening clearly belonged to Annapolis' No. 15 boys lacrosse team.

Behind three goals and one assist from junior attackman Eric Morgan, the Panthers cruised to a 12-5 victory over the unranked Knights in their Anne Arundel County 4A League opener on Al Laramore Field.

"It was a big game for us, every game is a big game for us, but North County has an excellent club, a good coaching staff and they're always well-prepared so we knew we had to come out and start fast," said Annapolis coach Dan Hart, whose team owned a 29-24 advantage in shots. "We opened up a 3-0 lead and that gave the kids the incentive to play hard and they played hard the whole way."

Morgan started things off for the Panthers with an unassisted goal 2:53 into the contest.

Annapolis' goalkeeper Ryan VanRiper, who finished with four saves while filling in for the regular starter Tobin Poole who was out sick, helped his own cause when he raced 65 yards untouched to score the Panthers' second goal.

Senior attackman Taylor Boone (two goals, one assist) closed out the first-quarter scoring with an unassisted goal, giving the hosts a 3-0 lead.

Justin Thompson put the Knights (3-1, 1-0) on the scoreboard 3:10 into the second quarter on a feed from senior attackman Ian Stevenson.

Scott Regina (two, two) answered for Annapolis only to see the Knights pull back to within two on an unassisted goal by Ryan Seggerty.

Travis Scholtz rounded out the second-quarter scoring on an assist by Morgan to give the Panthers (2-2, 2-0) a 5-2 halftime lead.

The third quarter was all Annapolis with the Panthers getting two goals from Morgan and one each by Boone, Regina, Chris Harris and a long-stick goal from senior defenseman David Winegrad. Winegrad intercepted a pass near midfield and didn't hesitate in taking it to the hole.

"I don't think we finished real well tonight," said Hart. "We had too many opportunities that in a close game would come back to haunt you. But, we're 2-0 in the league and that's what counts.

Dan Collins added three unassisted goals for North County in the fourth quarter but it was too little, too late for the Knights.

"You take away the third quarter where most of their goals were in transition and unsettled situations and I think we played quite well," said Knights coach Paul Shea.

"We played hard but unfortunately we didn't finish a lot. We hit four pipes that could have made a difference a little bit when the game was close."

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