For Perry Hall, no time to enjoy win

May 14, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

Moments after its 15-4 win over Lansdowne yesterday in the Class 3A-4A North Region semifinals, 15th-ranked Perry Hall wasn't doing much celebrating.

The Gators were running wind sprints.

Even before their regional final matchup against No. 14 Dulaney became official, the Gators and coach Bill Dunkerton were all business, preparing for the rematch of what probably qualified as Baltimore County's best game this season.

Just four days ago, the Gators (11-1) took the Lions to overtime before coming away with a 10-9 victory for the team's first-ever win at Dulaney.

"We don't usually run sprints after every game, but Dulaney [a 22-4 winner over Dundalk yesterday] will be a big game for us," said attackman Greg Stark, who hopes that his team can return to the Class 3A-4A state-title game, where last year it lost to Broadneck.

"Lately, the team has come together as well as we ever have, and we want that to continue."

It certainly continued yesterday against the outmanned and outmatched Vikings.

Stark scored six goals -- including four in the first quarter -- and Nick Cowan added three goals and four assists as top-seeded Perry Hall ran out to a 10-1 lead.

Dunkerton used the opportunity to work on the team's game in preparation for Tuesday.

"We couldn't necessarily work on plays because they played us in a zone, but we got in a lot of practice attacking the zone," said Dunkerton. "I was very happy -- we attacked it the way we wanted to."

For Lansdowne (7-5), which played without four starters due to disciplinary reasons, the loss was anything but reminiscent of an otherwise magical season.

"Considering we were without four of our starters, I was really happy with the way we played," said first-year coach Terry Lathroum.

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