14th-ranked Towson surprises No. 8 Perry Hall, 11-3

April 13, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Randy Dase doesn't know what his 14th-ranked Towson team has to do to get the respect he believes it deserves.

But Dase hopes Towson's 11-3 victory yesterday over No. 8 Perry Hall is a start.

The Generals, who have won back-to-back Class 1A-2A state championships, scored early and often and held the visiting Gators scoreless for more than 32 minutes before claiming their 32nd consecutive victory over last year's Class 4A finalist.

"Our theme today was respect," said Dase. "We play in the 1A-2A League and nobody respects us. We can win 100 games in a row and nobody respects us. We played one of the big boys today and we got a little bit more respect.

"Towson lacrosse is a great tradition and we've won six state titles, but people still say, 'Hey, you haven't played the big boys.' Well, we beat one today with an inexperienced squad."

Led by a game-high four goals and two assists from senior midfielder Spencer Ford, the Generals (3-0, 2-0) opened a 7-0 halftime and didn't let the Gators (3-3, 3-0) score until 2:17 into the fourth quarter.

Mark Tamberino made his debut in goal for the Generals, with Ian Wildey getting some work at midfield defense. The junior goalkeeper was complimented by his coach after finishing with 17 saves.

"I was just proud to death to see him play that way," said Dase. "He played like a veteran in there."

Tamberino got plenty of support around the crease from his defenseman, including Ian Kanski, Chris Kadan, Justin Bass, Steven Giordani and Donnie Gunther.

Together, they disarmed a Perry Hall attack that outscored its first three county opponents, 47-5.

"I'm very surprised because Perry Hall is a veteran squad and we're a very young and inexperienced squad, and I was concerned about playing this type of competition early in the season," said Dase. "But you have to give it to our kids. . . . We

worked real hard and we scouted and the kids had the want factor, and that's fantastic."

Ford agreed adding: "We came out, the intensity level was up, and we weren't being stopped today. They let us shoot and we scored, and our defense stepped up big."

Towson, which outshot the visitors 21-5 in the first half, got two goals each from midfielders Ned Boyd and Chi-Chi Geraldo and single goals from Wildey, Brad Kimball and Dan Ross. Ross and Boyd each added an assist.

The Gators, who opened the season with lopsided league wins over Dundalk (18-1), Patapsco (16-2) and Kenwood (13-2), got two goals from senior attackman Nick Cowan and one from senior midfielder Jeff Proctor.

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