Arundel dominates Annapolis in rematch

Wildcats cruise, 13-7, to capture county title

May 12, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It's not that the Arundel Wildcats didn't care about last Thursday's final regular-season game against Annapolis. It's just that in the back of their minds, they knew there was going to be an encore, and they wanted the latter a little more.

The revved-up No. 12 Wildcats invaded the Capital City last night and pretty much dominated No. 11 Annapolis from start to finish in rolling to a 13-7 victory in the Anne Arundel County boys lacrosse championship.

Annapolis (12-3 overall) took last week's meeting, 7-5, to win the county regular-season title with a 10-1 league record, leaving Arundel (13-2) at 9-2 in the league. The two teams knew that night that they were both in the county final no matter what.

"The first one we took too lightly cause we knew we had this game on Tuesday, and didn't come out like we usually do," said senior goalkeeper Matt Milloy.

"We didn't play our team defense and people weren't sliding right, but this game our defense played great with Tom Dorsey, Brett Wilmer and John Wheat."

Malloy had 13 saves and held the Panthers to three second-half goals and only one in the final 10 minutes, that coming with two minutes left and the verdict in. Annapolis never had the lead all night.

Senior midfielder Henry Hanburger scored the first and last goals of the game, finishing with four overall, while senior attack John Navarro finished with three assists and two goals.

Most of the Arundel goals came point blank as the Wildcats constantly put pressure on sophomore goalie Robby Haberlein, who managed to snuff 15 shots.

"Hats off to Arundel, they stepped up and accepted the challenge," said Annapolis assistant coach Bob Bohanan.

"We had to win a county championship game we already won last week and that's hard to do, hard to play a team back-to-back. The bottom line is when the whistle blew, they played the better game than we did."

In winning their first county championship since 1989, Arundel became the fourth different school to win the title under the championship game format since it began in 1996.

"We put it together and played the game we were supposed to, and so many kids came up big," said coach Clint Gosnell, who led Arundel to a state title in 1995.

Hanburger started the scoring on an assist from Navarro in the first two minutes of the game, but Annapolis answered with a tying goal from Pat O'Brien to Drew Samaras.

Sophomore midfielder Chase Gompers scored the next two Wildcats goals -- with an Annapolis goal from Matt O'Neill, the first of two by the freshman midfielder in between -- as Arundel took a 3-2 lead after the first period.

Junior Will Phillips, who had two goals and two assists, tied it up about a minute into the second period. Hanburger put Arundel back on top only to have a jump shot by Josh Lesko tie it again.

With 3: 28 remaining in the half, Hanburger put the Wildcats on top for good. Arundel's leading scorer, Kevin Reinecke, scored his 39th and 40th goals of the season to end the first half and start the second.

By the end of the third period, Brett Bujac and Matt Jones had added goals and the Wildcats took a 9-6 lead into the final 10 minutes.

Reinecke's third goal and two by Navarro ran the Arundel lead to 12-6 to seal it with 2: 58 left.

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