Essex lacrosse coach pleased with effort in Herkimer loss

April 17, 1994|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

The rematch of last season's National Junior College Athletic Association men's lacrosse championship game between Essex Community College and New York's Herkimer Community College last Saturday produced the same result -- a Herkimer victory.

But ECC coach Tim Puls couldn't be more pleased with his team's performance had the Knights won the game.

Essex, which lost last year's championship game, 17-11, actually led this time, 13-11, before falling to the the two-time defending champions at Hartwick, 18-16.

Neither team led in the game by more than two goals, and the final Herkimer goal was scored just as time ran out.

Herkimer was ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA poll at the time, but dropped to No. 2, behind Nassau Community College this week despite its 5-0 record. The Generals have won 40 straight since losing to the Knights, 20-19, in overtime in the 1991 NJCAA championship game.

"I didn't think the game would be that close because we're down compared to last year," said Puls, who lost 20 players from last season's team, including three experienced attackmen.

"It was a gut-check for us. It was a big emotional game."

The fourth-ranked Knights (6-3, 6-0 in Maryland JuCo) will have another "gut-check" when they play at No. 5 Anne Arundel Community College (7-2, 4-1) Wednesday.

Essex beat the Pioneers, 12-11, in double overtime on April 7. A victory on Wednesday would clinch a berth in the NJCAA playoffs for the Knights. A loss would force a one-game playoff between Essex and Anne Arundel with the winner going to the playoffs.

Grand theft

Dundalk Community College shortstop Brian Baroody is threatening the Lions' single-season stolen-base record.

Baroody, who leads the team with a .427 average, has 30 steals in 33 attempts with 20 games remaining.

The school record for stolen bases in a season is 71, set by Roger Bowman in 1988.

How do you spell relief?

DCC baseball coach Elliott Oppenheim spells it R-o-h-r-b-a-c-h.

With the Lions trailing Cecil Community College, 5-2, after two innings Thursday, Oppenheim called on pitcher Mike Rohrbach to keep the Seahawks at bay.

Rohrbach (3-1, 2.99 ERA), a spot starter, allowed just one hit, a bases-empty home run, in seven innings and struck out nine.

Dundalk rallied to win the game, 9-6.

Miller to attend Salisbury

Baltimore City Community College sophomore pitcher Doug Miller (Randallstown) has signed with Salisbury State.

Despite an 0-2 record in five appearances, Miller leads the Red Devils with a 3.00 ERA.

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