Millon directs Long Island to club title, 11-9

June 12, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

The U.S. Club Lacrosse Association was right on the mark when it named Mark Millon its North Player of the Year.

Only hours after team representatives announced their vote, the former Massachusetts star scored four goals to lead Long Island to an 11-9 victory over Mount Washington for the USCLA championship. The game, played in a drizzle, was the centerpiece of the 12th annual Hall of Fame Lacrosse Classic at Johns Hopkins.

Millon, 23, in his first year of club lacrosse, was matched against Mount Washington's Dave Pietramala, one of the best defensemen in the world. Millon was quick to admit, however, that his goals came in unsettled situations.

"They weren't all against Dave," said Millon, who last night played with Pietramala for Team USA in an exhibition against the club all-stars. "I didn't directly beat him. In fact, he stripped me a bunch of times."

Millon, who works on Long Island for STX, a lacrosse equipment manufacturer, scored two goals in the second quarter and two more in the third. The last gave Long Island a 9-5 edge, and Mount Washington never completely closed the gap, coming as close as 10-9 on Butch Marino's third goal with 5:35 remaining.

Mount Washington, which had won three of the previous four USCLA championships, fell behind 6-2 at halftime after going scoreless in the second quarter. The Wolfpack still came up short after scoring four of the game's final six goals.

The Wolfpack was thwarted time after time by Sal LoCascio, Long Island's beefy goalie who had 16 saves.

"What great hands he has," marveled Johns Hopkins' Tony Seaman, who, as Team USA coach, will have LoCascio on his side when the Americans go to England for the World Games next month.

"We didn't have a good first half, and that put us in a hole," said Mount Washington coach Skip Lichtfuss. "We won our share of championships. I'm walking away with my head up."

The game was the last for Lichtfuss after 10 years as Mount Washington coach, following 10 as a player. He will remain with the club, but not as a coach.

Lichtfuss declined to name his successor, saying only that "it will stay in the [Mount Washington] family."

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