Freshman sparks Towson to win over North Harford Buchanan lifts Generals to region championship

November 03, 1995|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Two weeks ago, Towson JV midfielder Lindsay Buchanan thought her season was over.

Instead, coach Courtney Lampton elevated the freshman to varsity for the playoffs, and Buchanan thanked her by sparking the No. 14 Generals to their first regional title in four years.

Yesterday, Buchanan came off the bench late in a scoreless first half to contribute a goal and an assist within six minutes. The Generals never trailed en route to a 4-2 victory over North Harford for the Class 2A North region title.

The Generals (11-3) now advance to Monday's state semifinals at Goucher College.

Yesterday, the Generals played mostly defense early. The Hawks (7-7-1) had six penalty corners in the first 10 minutes.

But soon after that, Lampton sent Buchanan in to play on the left wing. In no time, she had the Generals moving on the break. She fired a pass inside to Amy Stambaugh, who deflected the ball past keeper Nicole Hanratty.

Three minutes later, Buchanan scored on a long pass from Megan Kanski to give the Generals a 2-0 lead with 7:21 left in the half.

"Lindsay is great to play with," said forward Stambaugh, who also scored a second-half goal after a Buchanan shot rebounded off Hanratty's pads. "She's a great asset. She can dribble the ball and she's fast. She helps a lot when she's out on the wing."

Buchanan proved she could handle the varsity game Tuesday in a 1-0 semifinal win over Loch Raven. She came off the bench in the final three minutes to score the game winner on a breakaway.

"I felt a lot of pressure at first," said Buchanan. "Then I figured I may as well just go out and try my best and when I had the opportunities, I converted. I like helping out the team and scoring goals."

For North Harford, which had beaten the Generals 2-1 early in the season, scoring was a bigger problem. The Hawks had 12 penalty corners, but they could not convert any of them.

"I hate to blame it on the field," said Hawks coach Barb Waite, whose team attacked through a lot of mud in the second half. "Especially down there, the ball just didn't come across that circle as well, so we didn't have time to get to it."

The Hawks cut Towson's lead to one twice, but couldn't tie despite outshooting Towson 13-10.

* Fallston 2, C.M. Wright 0: Suzanne Sharff had a goal, and Carrie Wirth, a goal and an assist, all in the first half, as No. 2 Fallston (14-0) defeated C. Milton Wright (9-5) for the Class 3A North regional championship. The Cougars, who will face the East champion in one semifinal Monday at 1 p.m. at Goucher College, are 45-0-2 over the last three seasons.

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