Loch Raven erases 5-1 deficit, edges Fallston, 10-9, in semis

May 21, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

For the first time in four years, Fallston's players believed they could beat No. 3 Loch Raven.

And they almost did.

The Cougars (11-2) took a 5-1 first-half lead and pulled ahead three times in the second. Second-seeded Loch Raven (15-0) needed two goals in the final 4:13 to pull out a 10-9 win in a state Class 1A-2A semifinal yesterday at Catonsville Community College.

Robyn Harry hit Anne Heine cutting all alone up the middle for the game-winner with 1:40 to go.

Fallston has fallen to the Raiders four straight years in the state playoffs, but this was the only time they came within a couple of breaks and a couple of goals of winning.

In the two previous playoff meetings, the Raiders had outscored Fallston, 34-6. This time, the Cougars turned in some great double-teaming defense early on to run up their four-goal lead.

"They had me believing," said Loch Raven coach Wendy Galinn. "This was a wake-up call. "The first thing I said to my kids is . . . this is what you're going to see [in the final]. I think a close game like this helps us -- the toughness of the game and mental toughness to come back from a 5-1 deficit."

The Raiders advance to play the winner of tonight's game between No. 6 and top-seeded Liberty and South River. The title game is set for Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Catonsville Community College.

The Raiders won 1A-2A championships in 1990 and 1991, and they are out to reclaim the title this year, although they know their opponent in the title game will be no pushover.

Fallston gave the Raiders more than just a hint of how hard they'll have to work to win.

The Cougars played smart through most of the second half, while the Raiders seemed to panic at times forcing passes and shots.

Kathleen Turk gave the Cougars a 9-8 lead with 5:08 left. Jessi Russo then made one of her 11 saves when Raiders center Lauren Volk ran in off the draw.

The Cougars took off on offense, but the official called Fallston for delay of game running out of bounds along the sideline.

The ball went back to Loch Raven, and 11 seconds later, `D Courtney Martinez ran in for the tying goal.

The Raiders won the next draw, but Liz Wah came up with a ground ball about 15 seconds later and passed to Harry, who hit Heine sprinting to goal.

Mary Edward, who scored all of her goals as the Raiders rallied back in the first half, and Alison Jones led the Raiders with three goals each. Martinez, Volk, Heine and Gia Trionfo added single goals.

Fallston's Jenny Weber scored a game-high four goals, and Turk had two. Courtney Benner, who played a sensational defensive game, added a single goal.

"I'm very proud. They were hungry," said Cougars coach Nancy Ferguson, adding that her team had drawn some inspiration from No. 1 Severna Park's loss in last week's Class 3A-4A regional playoffs.

"People are not invincible, and their time comes. They know now they can play with these guys and hopefully that'll give us incentive going into next year."

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