Fallston captures Harford title

May 06, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Fallston (10-0) wrapped up a second straight Harford County title last night, beating C. Milton Wright, 11-8, in a contest that was not that close.

The Cougars -- junior Patrick Elliott in particular -- put this one out of reach in the third period.

The defense shut down what recently had been a high-powered C.M. Wright attack, and Elliott scored three times as the score reached 9-3 going to the last quarter.

The visitors still led by six goals, 11-5, inside of the final three minutes, before Wright got untracked on two goals by Cory Smith and one by Steve Wynne.

"I couldn't believe those last two minutes," Fallston goalkeeper Jamie Auer said.

Still, this was Auer's night. He finished with 23 saves (off 44 Wright shots) behind a defense that effectively harassed Wright's two scoring stars, county leader Brian King (marked by Kenny Poling) and David Blades (checked by Kernan Kelly).

At the other end, Jason Parks had 27 saves for the Mustangs.

"They got the ground balls, and possession is definitely the key," King said. "Their offense was their best defense."

Wright coach Carl Greenberg echoed the sentiment, "They did a great job on ground balls."

Fallston coach John Conley was proud of his defense, especially Auer, because, "We knew King was coming after us."

Of Auer, he added, "We've been doing some different things with him, and he came up solid tonight."

One of the things was getting Auer to hold his stick up more, as though in a checking position. It discouraged the high shots and he was quick enough to get the stick down for the low shots.

At least one of those times was a sparkling save in a one-on-one situation against King in the second quarter and it seemed to help get his teammates motivated.

The Cougars outscored the Mustangs 4-1 during the next six minutes and came away with a 6-3 halftime lead.

Tim Parks, a sophomore midfielder who has come on of late for the Mustangs, scored on his team's first offensive run in the second half, but Todd Paradise countered for Fallston off the ensuing faceoff, and it turned out to be the first of four straight goals, as the Cougars took charge.

"That first one they scored created some stress for me, but after we got the second goal, it felt great," Auer said.

Paradise, a three-sport junior, and Fred Sheckells, a senior, give Fallston good speed in the midfield.

Paradise dominated the faceoffs, and the two were the leaders in getting to ground balls.

Fallston returns to action this afternoon at home against Havre de Grace in its last regularly scheduled game, and Wright closes out Monday night at home against North Harford.

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