The young Towson Generals entered last night's game against No. 15 Catonsville hoping to keep the Comets' vaunted run-and-gun offense from getting into gear.
By game's end, however, coach Randy Dase's team had gone one better, leaving the Comets stuck in neutral.
Towson's slowdown offense kept the hosts from ever getting into their game, and attackman Chris Brown's goal with 14 seconds left gave the Generals a 6-5 win in a Baltimore County Division I game last night.
"We knew they were a real strong fast-break team," said Brown, who finished with two goals and three assists. "We wanted to settle things down and take advantage of the easy shots."
The game-winner came seconds after Catonsville stole the ball deep in its own end and was going on the offensive. Towson's Jordan Austin picked off an outlet pass and fed Ed Dover, who then found Brown alone on the right side.
"We called our extra-man play even though we were at even strength," said Towson coach Randy Dase. "You just execute it and hope someone gets open. We couldn't have executed it any better."
Said Catonsville coach Warren Como: "It was a once-in-a-blue-moon play, and tonight there was a blue moon."
The Comets still had a chance to tie, but Kevin Gemmell's off-balance shot with two seconds left was saved at the knees by Towson goalie Sean McGee.
The win helped Towson (6-0, 2-0 in division) avenge last season's emotional loss to the Comets in the playoffs.
"It just really pumped us up," said Brown. "All season it's been about revenge. They broke our winning streak and we wanted to get back at them."
Towson played the role of aggressor from the outset, controlling the ball, keeping Catonsville from establishing the fast break and taking a 3-0 lead in the first 6: 36 on goals by Sean O'Connor, Chris Kaden and Brown.
Catonsville (6-2, 6-1) cut into the lead in the second quarter, scoring on goals by Gemmell and Brenndan Mohler (one goal, three assists) to make it 4-2 by halftime.
Towson extended it to 5-2 early in the second on Ed Dover's goal from Brown, but the Comets then seemed to get untracked, running the break and scoring on goals by Paul Baader, Ryan Davis and Gemmell to tie it, 5-5, by the end of the third.
"I knew it would be a tight ballgame," said Como. "It was just a matter of who got the one- or two-goal lead."
Pub Date: 4/20/96