Arundel hits early, often, tops Bruins

7-1 Wildcats lead puts Broadneck too far back

Boys lacrosse

May 05, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Arundel was in a hurry last night in Gambrills, building a 7-1 lead in the first 12 minutes before visiting Broadneck knew what hit them in suffering an 11-8 defeat.

Senior attack John Navarro opened the scoring in the first minute, and the Wildcats got two goals each from sophomore Chase Gompers and senior Henry Hanburger to go up 5-1 after the first 10 minutes.

"We came out fired up, and they told us they were ready to go," said Arundel coach Clint Gosnell. "They seemed liked they were a little bored -- anxious to get out there and get started."

Hanburger paced Arundel with four goals and one assist, and defenseman Greg Wojtech scored his first of two goals to give the Wildcats the 7-1 lead with just under eight minutes remaining in the first half.

"They were ready to play, and we haven't played well in the first quarter all year," said Broadneck coach Clay White. "And that's all we preach to our kids -- that we've got to come out in the first quarter -- and again we came out flat. That put us behind the eight ball."

By the time the No. 12-ranked Bruins (9-4 overall) got going with senior midfielder Joey Case scoring four times, the No. 15 Wildcats (12-1) had the three-goal victory and a berth in Tuesday's 5 p.m. Anne Arundel County championship game at Annapolis opposite the host Panthers (11-2).

With No. 8 Annapolis (11-2) upset 7-6 in overtime at Southern-Harwood (8-3) last night, Arundel moved into a first-place tie with the Panthers, each now 9-1 in league play.

Arundel visits Annapolis for a 7: 15 faceoff tomorrow night in what is both the final regular season game and a preview of Tuesday's title matchup.

The game is being played Thursday in commemoration of each school's historic anniversary, the 100th for Annapolis and 75th for Arundel.

The winner would be the county champion and the other runner-up by virtue of a tiebreaker -- head-to-head play -- no matter what 8-2 Broadneck does in its final regular season game Friday at Severna Park.

What Broadneck couldn't do last night was to keep Arundel from jumping out early.

"Arundel played really well and their close defense and goalie had great games and we couldn't control Hanburger," said White.

Broadneck outshot Arundel, 31-18, but the Wildcats' senior keeper Matt Malloy had 17 saves to thwart their comeback bid.

Kelly Nash, who came into the game with 17 goals and 13 assists, scored the Bruins' first goal with 6: 04 left in the first quarter to make it a 2-1 game.

Pub Date: 5/05/99

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