Anne Arundel rolls, 15-10, to gain JUCO lacrosse final

May 08, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

"One more to go!" That's what several members of Anne Arundel Community College's men's lacrosse team chanted at the end of yesterday's 15-10 victory over SUNY Farmingdale in ** the semifinals of the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament, at Anne Arundel's Arnold campus.

The second-seeded Pioneers (14-2), who failed to make the four-team field the past eight seasons, will take on top-seeded and two-time defending national champion Herkimer County (N.Y.) Community College at 2 p.m. today for the national title. Herkimer, which has won 48 straight since losing to Essex CC in the championship game in 1991, advanced yesterday by defeating Nassau (N.Y.) Community College, 13-12, in double overtime.

"We've had some terrible practices since we've gotten into the tournament, but they stepped up today and played well," said Pioneers coach Buddy Beardmore. "This team started off the season with good credentials, but we had to put them into a team. Finally, they're working well together, and it's always great to be able to start out with a bunch of individuals and get them playing together the way they are."

Steven Phipps was one who stood out. The sophomore attackman from Oakland Mills had eight goals and one assist.

"The last time we beat them they just came off a six-hour bus ride, and this time I thought they were going to be a better team," said Phipps, referring to his team's 15-11 win over the Rams (10-3) during the regular season. "Tomorrow [today] is going to be a challenge, and we're all looking forward to playing."

Anne Arundel goalkeeper Chris Brown made 17 saves, several from point-blank range.

"The defense played incredible in front of me, and when they're playing so well I can't let them down," Brown said.

Farmingdale (10-3), which was making its 21st national tournament appearance, led 3-2 after one quarter, but trailed 6-5 at the half after second-quarter goals by Phipps, Craig McKenzie, Maury LaPoint and Andy Goeller.

Sophomore defenseman Joe Ross (North County) assisted Goeller on the final goal of the first half and opened the second quarter with a long-stick goal, assisted by Phipps.

Phipps extended the lead to three twice in the waning minutes of the third quarter before Brian Ihm pulled the Rams back to 9-7 going into the fourth.

The Pioneers began the fourth quarter with five goals, including three by Phipps, to put it out of reach.

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