Anne Arundel CC snaps up first national JUCO prize Pioneers stop Herkimer streak with 17-13 win

May 12, 1998|By Steven Kivinski

The Anne Arundel Community College men's lacrosse team's 18th trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament proved to be the charm for Pioneers as they defeated top-seeded and previously unbeaten Herkimer County (N.Y.) CC, 17-13, in Sunday's championship game at Essex CC.

The third-seeded Pioneers, who were defeated by Herkimer in the finals in 1994 and '96, stopped the Generals' winning streak at 18 games and denied Herkimer (18-1) an eighth national title.

Anne Arundel (12-4), which advanced to the finale by defeating second-seeded and defending champ Nassau (N.Y.), 14-6, on Saturday, defeated Herkimer despite being outshot 46-43.

The Pioneers' Ramar Clash was voted the tournament's Most Outstanding Offensive Player after tallying seven goals and six assists in the final two rounds and Wes Speaks, the Region XX tournament MVP, was named Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

Attackman Alistare Hopkins had three goals and three assists for the Pioneers in Sunday's contest and was named to the all-tournament team along with teammates Mike Haertel (Arundel High), Dwayne Knott (Meade) and freshman goalie Dan Mathewson.

"We scored five straight goals to open game and that helped buoy our confidence," said Pioneers fifth-year coach Bill Gorrow. "It's great, not only the kids on lacrosse team but for the entire college as a whole and the community."

Pub Date: 5/12/98

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