Oakland Mills quiets Howard, 7-2

April 13, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

Oakland Mills' Chris Costantino, who scored three goals and had one assist, summed up the feeling of his team after the

Scorpions defeated visiting Howard yesterday in the league opener, 7-2.

"We've still got a lot to work on. Our offense didn't handle the ball well and this wasn't one of our better games," he said.

Still, the Scorpions, a young team with four senior starters, are 4-1 and looking to defend their regional championship and repeat a 13-4 season.

Both teams looked anemic offensively in the first half when only two goals were scored -- both by Oakland Mills.

Costantino, who has 12 goals and two assists, scored one of the first-half goals unassisted. Sophomore midfielder Matt Rollman scored the other off an assist by Dan Hart. Both came in the first quarter.

NB Oakland Mills coach Phil Stephenson blamed a 10-day layoff for

the rusty showing by his team.

Howard (3-3, 0-1) could blame its lack of firepower on an ejection during last Friday's victory over Seneca Valley of Montgomery County.

Anwar Parker, a crease attackman with 10 goals this season, was ejected after a shoving match and was ineligible for yesterday's game.

"We didn't feed inside today like we usually do because Parker wasn't there," Howard coach Dan Ross said. "Parker leads our fast break, so we were missing that also today."

Howard worked some set plays against Oakland Mills' zone defense, and got off 12 shots in the first half but couldn't punch them in.

"Howard would have been much tougher if it had more guys who could take it to the hole," Costantino said. "But Eddie Oh had to carry them."

Oh, a speedy four-year starter, scored both Howard goals in the second half. His first one, when Oakland Mills was a man down, pulled Howard to within 3-1 midway through the third quarter.

Howard had another scoring opportunity and took 14 passes before the Oakland Mills defense, led by Lang Wethington, John Campbell and Chris Sheldon, stole the ball.

Then Costantino scored on a quick-hitting pass from Sam Smith near the end of the third quarter to squelch any flickering hopes Howard had for a comeback.

Oakland Mills sophomore goalkeeper Jason Berlin made 12 saves.

"He's played well all season," Costantino said of Berlin, who is in his first year of lacrosse.

Berlin made a crucial save in the third quarter when Oakland Mills, leading 3-0, was a man down because of a slashing penalty. A few minutes later, he made another tough save.

Ross said he thinks his team needs a second offensive midfield, but with only 17 players he is short-handed.

"It doesn't get any easier because we play Mount Hebron Friday," Ross said.

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