Ford, Ross fill net in Towson's 18-10 semifinal win

May 22, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Towson High seniors Spencer Ford and Dan Ross each scored six goals in the first half of yesterday's Class 1A-2A state semifinal at UMBC.

By the time the game ended Ford and Ross each had collected seven goals and three assists, and the Generals had beaten the fourth-seeded Trojans of Kent County High, 18-10.

The victory extended the Generals' winning streak to 43 games, keeping alive their s hopes for a third consecutive state title.

"My kids have a problem with the word respect. If they're not playing Calvert Hall or Dulaney or St. Paul's, they have problems sometimes, and they never heard of Kent before so the respect factor came in," said Towson coach Randy Dase, whose team will meet third-seeded North Harford, a 10-7 winner over Oakland Mills, in Wednesday's 6 p.m. final at UMBC Stadium.

"When Kent jumped out 1-0 I had to call a timeout to give them a wake-up call, but then once we woke up we started focusing and playing Towson lacrosse."

And Kent wasn't ready for it.

The Trojans (12-3) opened the scoring 2:37 into the contest and later knotted the game at 2 midway through the first quarter.

But, the Generals scored the next five and led 7-2 with 8:41 left in the half. Ford and Brown combined to score 12 of the Generals' first 13 goals. Junior midfielder Ned Boyd was the other Towson player to score in the first half; his goal came courtesy of a feed from Ford.

"Dan and Spence have unbelieveable sticks and they work hand-in-hand perfectly together," said Dase. "It makes me a little nervous when they provide most of the scoring like that because I'd rather have more guys throwing the ball in the net because some day somebody could shut them down and we could be in a little trouble. But, so far they've been doing well."

Towson (14-0) scored eight second-quarter goals to take a 13-3 halftime lead. It expanded that margin to 13 in the third quarter after four straight goals from Ross, Scott Carpenter, Ned Boyd (two goals) and Brad Kimball (one goal, one assist).

"I don't know what it was but we just came out and we were sticking everything we shot," said Ford, who will take his talents to Towson State. "We played well as a team, finally, and everything we shot went in, so it was great."

With Ford, Ross and many of Towson's other starters enjoying the sunshine on the bench in the fourth quarter, the Trojans from the Eastern Shore managed to make it look respectful as they closed out with four goals.

"Coach Dase told us to go and play with confidence but not to be cocky or over-confident," said Ross, who has accepted a football scholarship to Kent State. "We just went out and played our game and we finally played up to our potential."

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