Chesapeake steps it up with rout of Annapolis Cougars beat Panthers for first time since '89

Boys lacrosse

April 03, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff

Get ready because here comes Chesapeake to join the crowd of contenders in the 3A-4A East region in boys lacrosse.

Last year, coach Brien McMurray led the Cougars to their first winning season (9-7) since 1989. Last night on Al Laramore Field in Annapolis, his Cougars leaped to the next level with a convincing 16-9 romp over the host Panthers.

Senior attackman Rob Bookhamer fired in five goals and sophomore attackman Mike McIntyre chipped in with four more to pace the Cougars to the stunning rout.

"It's been a long, long, long time that somebody has come to Annapolis and handled us the way Chesapeake did," said Annapolis coach Dan Hart, whose Panthers (2-1) are among the top 4A-3A schools year in and year out with Broadneck, Arundel, Severna Park and North County. Chesapeake joined the club last night.

"My hat is off to Chesapeake High school," said Hart.

"We knew they were going to be tough. I can't remember the last time a team handled us like this. I think it was 1992 when Severna Park did here. A lot of times, I don't give credit to the other team, but you've got to give credit to those Chesapeake Cougars."

It was the Cougars' first victory over Annapolis since 1989.

"It's the first time in my four years that we have beaten Annapolis in football or lacrosse and it feels good," said Bookhamer. "We have a lot more heart this year."

It was the third of four grueling road games to open the season for the Cougars. Chesapeake (3-2) opened with a 9-6 loss at Harford County power C. Milton Wright before dropping a 7-5 decision at No. 11 Severna Park.

Tomorrow, the Cougars visit defending 3A-4A state champion Broadneck, The Sun's No. 7 ranked team. Chesapeake had two wins in its own Easter Tournament last weekend, by 14-10 over Queen Anne's and 16-2 over Pallotti.

"This year we are much deeper at attack, midfield and defense and just as strong in the goal," said McMurray. "I didn't think we could score that many goals on Annapolis. We beat a real good team because we were firing on all cylinders."

After the Panthers' Dexter Spriggs (four goals, two assists) opened the scoring in the first minute, Chesapeake answered with goals from Justin Woolridge and Jason "Go-Go" Gogolinski to take a 2-1 lead.

The Cougars then took control of the game with six second-period goals (mostly in transition) that extended their lead from 4-2 to 10-5 at the half. Bookhamer scored two in the period and McIntyre, Gogolinski, Erik Kittle and Jim Rogers had one goal each.

Annapolis was unable to mount any firepower in the third period as the Bryan Shanahan-led defense held the Panthers scoreless.

Bookhamer and McIntyre scored goals in the last six minutes of the third to extend the lead to 12-5.

Pub Date: 4/03/97

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