Fitting finish for senior all stars

June 06, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Clay White promised there would be parity in yesterday's inaugural Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association High School Senior All-Star Game and Maryland's 55 select seniors delivered with a high-scoring affair that could have gone either way.

The Black and Gold team proved to be wearing the winning colors as it held off a fourth-quarter rally by Red and White for a 15-14 victory before a sun-drenched crowd at Loyola College's Curley Field.

"It was very close, but that's what it's all about in games like this," said White, president of the MSLCA and head coach of Broadneck and of the Red and White team. "It's a world of difference when you put together an all-star game like this and you try to have two equal teams.

"The kids played hard, had fun and some of the kids from Montgomery County showed that there's a lot better lacrosse than just Anne Arundel and Baltimore County."

Matt Hahn, an attackman from Georgetown Prep, showed he could hang with the boys from the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association as he led Black and Gold with three goals and two assists.

Matt Clune, an attackman out of St. Mary's and headed for Towson State, was named Offensive Player of the Game after scoring five goals in a losing cause.

"It's fun playing with guys who can give no-look feeds," said Clune. "It makes me play better."

Tom Coleman, who helped Gilman win the MIAA A Conference title, was outstanding on defense and was given the Eric Franklin Memorial Award.

Gilman's Mark Cornes, The Sun's Baltimore City/County Player of the Year, won the "Fastest Shot Contest" clocking in at 94 mph. The University of Delaware bound midfielder had one goal and two assists for Red and White.

Red and White escaped the turnover-laden first quarter with a 2-1 lead, but Black and Gold scored six goals to take a 7-4 lead at the half.

Black and Gold stretched the lead to 11-6 in the third quarter when Hahn fed Hereford's Jamie Bateman on the first of his two goals.

Red and White answered with four straight goals to make it 11-10 before Burke Hayes of Landon School returned the margin to two.

Hahn opened the fourth-quarter with three straight goals, giving the victors a 15-10 lead with 10:14 remaining.

"All-star games are very difficult because so many of the kids don't know each other," said Black and Gold coach Bob Shriver (Boys' Latin). "More than anything, we just wanted them to have a good experience."

Black/Gold ... 1 .. 6 .. 5 .. 3 .. -- .. 15

Red/White .... 2 .. 2 .. 6 .. 4 .. -- .. 14

Goals: BG--Hahn 3, Bateman 2, C. Brown 2, Ford 2, Euker, Hayes, Johnson, Ruhl, Weedon, Wright; RW--Clune 5, Costanto 2, Bates, Cornes, Regina, Schleigh, Smollen, Walstrum, Winchester. Assists: BG--Hahn 2, Johnson 2, Adler, Ford, King, Weedon, Wright; RW--Cornes 2, Bates, Lowery, Uinchester. Saves: BG--Cade 6, Keenan 7; RW--J. Brown 9, Cowher 5.

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