Anne Arundel's title try is halted by Herkimer

May 09, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Even with goaltender Chris Brown shouldering the load, the Anne Arundel Community College men's lacrosse team couldn't head off Herkimer County (N.Y.) Community College from claiming its third straight national title yesterday.

After playing to an 8-8 tie in the first half, the visiting Generals scored 11 second-half goals en route to a 19-13 victory in the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association championship game at Anne Arundel's Siegert Field.

It was a lot of weight to put on one man's shoulders, but Anne Arundel coach Buddy Beardmore was just being honest when asked before the game what his team had to do to overcome top-seeded Herkimer.

"It's up to Chris Brown," said Beardmore, referring to his UMBC-bound sophomore goalkeeper. "If Browny is hot, we're in the ballgame, and I think he will be."

Brown was hot. But not even his season-high 29 saves could prevent Herkimer from winning its fifth title in the past six seasons.

The victory extended the Generals' winning streak to 51 and made a believer of Brown.

"I knew they were good, but they were even better than I thought they would be. They just kept coming and coming and penalties just killed us," said Brown, who faced 55 shots and whose team was penalized 16 times for 12 minutes. "Penalties have been the story of a lot of games this year and they killed us today. We'd kill a two-man down, things would be looking up, and then -- bam -- a penalty, man down again."

Herkimer (16-0), which converted one of 11 extra-man chances in its 13-12 double-overtime win over Nassau (N.Y.) Community College in Saturday's semifinal, scored five extra-man goals against the Pioneers, including two in the third quarter. It would have been worse had Brown not rejected so many shots.

"Chris Brown is the best goalie in the country, there's no question. He's unbelievable, " said Herkimer coach Paul Wehrum. "He's a great stopper and a great clearer and when you score 19 goals against a kid like that, it's a real accomplishment."

The host Pioneers (14-3) took their final lead of the game when, 26 seconds into the third quarter, freshman midfielder Craig McKenzie scored on a feed from Maury LaPoint to make it 9-8.

Herkimer followed with five goals to take a 13-9 lead.

Anne Arundel attackman Steven Phipps, who finished with a game-high seven goals, scored twice early in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to 13-11 with 13:46 left.

Herkimer then scored four.

"Give credit to Herkimer because they harassed us, rushed us and pushed us," Beardmore said. "All those guys from Herkimer have been here before and they know what it's like and they just kept coming and coming."

Herkimer .. .3 5 5 6 -- 19

Anne Arundel 4 4 1 4 -- 13

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