Fallston manager Alicia Street busily scribbled down statistics during a game-clinching six-goal run by the Cougars, adding: "They've been keeping us pretty busy lately."
Judging by yesterday's 12-5, Class 3A-4A North region title win over visiting Sherwood (9-4) of Montgomery County, it's going to take a pretty good opponent to keep up the Cougars (15-3). They won their sixth straight game and for the 13th time in the past 14 games since a 6-5 loss at 10th-ranked Arundel.
The rout earned a berth in Saturday's Class 3A-4A state semifinals against Westminster tomorrow or Saturday at UMBC at a time to be determined. Westminster defeated North Carroll last night, 15-4.
Fallston, which shared this year's Harford County title with C. Milton Wright and North Harford, demonstrating balance and transitional finishing power in winning its second straight regional crown against Montgomery County's first lacrosse team to reach a regional title game.
The Cougars scored three of their first four goals unassisted for a 4-0 first-period lead, and had assists on each of their last nine goals.
Midfielder Josh Warfield scored two goals, had two assists and won all of the 14 faceoffs he attempted. Dan Velez scored two goals and three assists. Bob Evans had four goals and one assist; Matt Bosse, three and one; and Bryan Bradford, one goal and one assists.
"Our offense as a whole has been getting better and better," said Velez, who last week had a goal and nine assists versus C. Milton Wright. "We're looking to pass the ball, we're hustling and we're making our shots count."
Fallston added Sherwood to an impressive list of vanquished opponents. The Cougars also have wins over Class 1A-2A North region champ Hereford, Class 3A-4A South region finalist Eastern Tech and two wins over C. Milton Wright.
Monday's 16-7 rout of C. Milton Wright featured assists on 14 of Fallston's goals.
But the Cougars were wary of a letdown against Sherwood, a third-year varsity program the Cougars edged by two goals in last season's regional semifinals.
Sherwood pulled to within 4-2 with 1: 32 left in the first half, but Fallston scored the next six goals for a 10-2 lead heading into the fourth period. Fallston led 6-2 at halftime.
The run included two goals by Evans, and one goal and two assists from Velez, who has 38 goals on 67 shots to go with 35 assists on the year. Fallston keeper Justin Evans made three of his 11 saves during man-down situations in the third period.
"We were on fire against Wright, but we remembered what happened last year with these guys," said Warfield. "There was no way we were going to take them lightly."
Despite having graduated several key defenseman, Sherwood foiled the Cougars on five of eight extra-man opportunities. Goalie Ben Crosser, a four-year starter, made 17 saves behind Maryland-bound defenseman George Baltz and sophomore Charlie Towson.
"Their goalie made a couple of nice saves," said Evans. "We came out to kick butt, but they came into this game looking to make a name for themselves in their county."
Sherwood's Eric Lederer finished with two goals and an assist, Keith Milli scored one goal and one assist and Greg Sessa and Jeremy Shannon scored once each.
"We wanted this game pretty bad, but nobody expected us to get this far," Lederer said.
No. 15 Hereford 15, Edgewood 6: The Bulls (14-2) won their 13th straight game with the win over Edgewood in the Class 1A-2A North final. Luke Gilbert had five goals and added two assists for Hereford, which outscored the Rams 5-1 in the second quarter.
Dulaney 16, Eastern Tech 5: Junior Brett Barrow had four goals and three assists, and Mike Obringer added three more goals, to pace the Lions (12-3) past the Mustangs for the Class 3A-4A South title.
Towson 9, Franklin 8: The Generals (12-3) ran up a 6-2 halftime lead and held on to edge the Indians for their second straight Class 1A-2A West regional title.
Pub Date: 5/20/99