Club stars start Team USA with a loss

June 12, 1994|By Doug Brown and Jamison Hensley

After two scoreless, four-minute overtime periods, John Blatchley's goal 36 seconds into sudden death lifted the club all-stars to an 11-10 win over Team USA.

The game was the first of 11 for Team USA before the World Games, July 20-30 in Manchester, England. The club all-stars are the Team USA alternates, plus Gary Gait of Canada, who scored two goals last night.

Gait and his twin brother, Paul, regarded as the world's best offensive players, will play for Canada against Team USA in the World Games.

The exhibition was a highlight of the 12th annual Hall of Fame Lacrosse Classic at Johns Hopkins. Yesterday's attendance of 2,600 raised the three-day total to 5,445.

The Classic ends today with four games matching Maryland Youth Lacrosse Association boys and girls 11-12 and 13-14 teams against Anne Arundel County all-stars.

Club All-Stars 2 4 1 3 0 1 -- 11

Team USA 3 2 2 3 0 0 -- 10

Little Abner's dethroned

Kevin O'Sullivan's goal 3:34 into sudden death enabled Westchester to edge defending champion Little Abner's, 10-9, for the Central Atlantic League title.

The teams were scoreless for 17:08, from Craig Parks' goal that tied it at 9 early in the fourth quarter, until O'Sullivan connected. Westchester's Michael Hoynes scored three goals and Little Abner's Brian Duncan had four assists.

Westchester 1 3 4 1 1 -- 10

Little Abner's 1 5 2 1 0 -- 9

Hanford leads North's rout

Jamie Hanford dominated the faceoffs to ignite the offense as well as bolster the defense in leading the North to a 20-8 rout of the South in the National Interscholastic Lacrosse Association High School All-Star Game at Homewood Field.

Hanford, a 6-foot-2 defenseman from Darien High School (Conn.), won more than 70 percent of his faceoffs and headed a impenetrable defense that held the South to two goals in the opening 22 minutes.

"It just seemed like we grabbed every ground ball out there," said Hanford, who is going to Bridgeton Academy in the fall. "I think we hustled more than they did."

After the North jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Todd Vizcarrondo's (St. Mary's) goal, Hanford started winning nearly every faceoff. He won a stretch of five straight to spark a 7-0 run by the North.

"It wasn't really me overpowering anybody," Hanford said. "I have this special way to clamp down on the ball to shut the other guy off."

North attackman Casey Powell, who is headed to Syracuse, scored a game-high four goals. The North took its largest lead, 20-5, with 4:30 left in the third quarter before the South reeled off the final four goals.

The North has won seven of the 12 meetings in this series, including the past two. This all-star game featured players from 20 states, including Texas, California and Tennessee.

Boys High School All-Star Game

North 20, South 8

North 7 8 5 0 -- 20

South 1 3 1 3 -- 8

South holds on; Nelson MVP

Ashley Manning stopped two point-blank shots during the final two minutes as the South held off the North for a 6-5 victory in the U. S. Women's Lacrosse Association High School Girls All-Star Game.

Manning, the starting goalkeeper who was reinserted into the game with five minutes left, saved both shots from Lauren Hilsky by charging out of the goal to cut off the angle. Hilsky had scored with 5:30 remaining to cut the lead to one goal.

Mount Hebron's Cathy Nelson, The Sun's Player of the Year, led all scorers with two goals and an assist and was named the Most Valuable Player.

The South took a 4-0 advantage 12 minutes into the game. After that spurt, the South managed two goals the remainder of the game, including none in the final 16 minutes.

The South avenged a two-goal loss to the North last year.

Girls High School All-Star Game

South 6, North 5

North 3 2 -- 5

South 5 1 -- 6

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