Panthers edge Falcons in OT

April 12, 1995|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

With his team trailing No. 10 Severna Park by three goals and just over 3 minutes left in the game, Annapolis coach Dan Hart said he never lost hope for a miracle.

"I never think it's over," said Hart. "In lacrosse, you can score goals in bunches, and we certainly have the athletes to do it."

The 12th-ranked Panthers proved their coach a prophet.

Host Annapolis scored three goals in the final 3:24 to tie the game at the end of regulation, then Eric Morgan's goal 57 seconds into overtime gave the Panthers a 7-6 victory last night in an Anne Arundel County 4A League game.

The comeback came against one of the hottest goalies in the area in Severna Park junior Chad Roberts. For most of the game, it looked as if Roberts would record his second win for the Falcons (3-2, 1-2) in as many starts, as he held Annapolis to two goals in the first 3 1/2 quarters.

Morgan, however, said he saw a flaw in the keeper's game, and when given the opportunity he took full advantage.

"The goalie looked like he was weak high," said Morgan, who had two goals and three assists. "When I got [the ball] I just fired it toward the upper corner. I don't think he knew where it was going. He just reacted late."

Other standouts down the stretch included Geoff Mears, who controlled the majority of faceoffs to give Annapolis (4-1, 3-0) the spark it so badly needed, and defenseman James Fedor, who stripped the ball away from attackers on several key possessions.

Morgan played key roles on four of the Panthers' final five goals, collecting assists with feeds to Ryan Sears, twin brother Josh Morgan and Brian Rentch. With 16 seconds left in regulation, Mears beat Roberts to the upper left-hand corner of the net to tie the game at 6.

Said Severna Park coach Greg Manley: "The defense lapsed for awhile at the end of the game. We kept telling the kids, 'the game isn't over,' even though it looked like it was. We should've won, but we didn't finish them off at the end."

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