Key's tournament debut is a hit Eagles start fast, advance with 12-5 rout of Lansdowne

Boys lacrosse

May 10, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Francis Scott Key made its first appearance in a regional boys lacrosse game a successful one as it scored the first 10 goals en route to a 12-5 victory over visiting Lansdowne yesterday.

The triumph improves the Eagles to 4-7 and sends them to Loch Raven tomorrow (3: 45 p.m.) in a Class 1A-2A West Region semifinal.

Key coach John Baugher had some background material on Lansdowne, but did not tell his players. "We wanted to concentrate on how well our team played," he said.

Before the game, attackman Dan Edwards, a senior tri-captain for the winners, spoke of the lack of a scouting report. "I'd never heard of the school. We knew nothing about them -- no names, no record, nothing."

As a result, Key focused on the job at hand. It scored its first goal 4 minutes, 11 seconds into the first quarter (sophomore Nate Krida from freshman Tom Fletcher) during an extra-man situation, and there were three more goals in the last two minutes of the period. It was 8-0 by halftime.

"In the first half, we had good ball movement, and found the goal," Edwards said.

In the second half, Baugher gave his reserves much of the playing time. "We pulled a lot of people early, and quite a few freshmen played. We're excited about winning, but we're still building for the future. That's our ultimate goal," he said.

Edwards and two sophomores, Krida and Justin Merson, took care of the Key goals with four apiece. Krida and sophomore Bryan Mallardi each had two assists.

For Lansdowne (5-6), reduced to only four substitutes after a half-dozen players could not get out of a school field trip, senior midfielder Jason Pross had two goals and an assist.

"We've grown and learned," Baugher said of the school's first varsity season after two years as a club program. "Our field sense is much better -- the ball movement and being in the right position.

"However, we're still learning when to be physical and when not. We're trying to improve it, too, because with stronger ball movement, you tend to get away from a physical contest."

Baugher knows the next round will be tougher. "We'll need to step it up," he said, even before learning of the opponent. "We must be consistent at a higher level."

S. Carroll 13, Walter Johnson 5: County champion South Carroll (12-4) bolted from a 3-3 tie to an 11-3 cushion after three quarters, as it dominated the second-year program of Walter Johnson (12-2) in the Class 3A-4A West boys lacrosse regional. Rob Onda and Mike Rabinovitz had three goals apiece for the winners.

Westminster 14, N. Carroll 6: Westminster (11-3) defeated North Carroll (0-12) for the third time this season when they met in the quarterfinals of the Class 3A-4A West Region in Hampstead. The visitors, who led 14-1 before surrendering a flurry of late goals, will play at Liberty tomorrow at 7 p.m.

Liberty 6, Watkins Mills 3: Senior Mike Pearsall scored two goals, including one in a 3-0 run to start the third quarter, to help the visiting Lions (10-5) defeat the Bulldogs (10-3) in a 3A-4A West quarterfinal. Senior Brice Sauers made 15 saves to preserve the win.

Pub Date: 5/10/98

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