Fallston trips Owls, 9-6

Sev. Park ousts Dulaney

Sub Cougars goalie shines

2 Falcons get hat tricks

Boys lacrosse


Substitute Fallston goalkeeper Justin Fantom preserved the Cougars' 9-6, Class 3A-4A semifinal win over Westminster at UMBC yesterday with five critical saves after entering in the second half when starter Justin Evans suffered broken wrist.

Given a 6-1 halftime lead, Fantom was tested early and often as Westminster outshot the Cougars 16-9 in the second half.

The win means that North region champ Fallston (15-3) will meet Severna Park at 8 p.m. Tuesday at UMBC for the state title, which the Cougars last won in 1987.

Owls sophomore Jason Holman -- the team's leading scorer -- skidded a bullet off the turf past Fantom to cut the lead to 6-2 with 2: 18 gone in the third quarter.

But Fallston junior midfielder Joe Trentzsch notched his second goal of the game with 3: 10 left, and sophomore midfielder Bryan Bradford added a goal 31 seconds later to give the Cougars an 8-2 lead.

After Westminster senior midfielder Ryan Fisher and Fallston senior midfielder Josh Warfield traded goals, the Owls turned up the pressure by scoring three times.

First, Fisher scored his third of the game when he slung a shot from about 10 feet inside the right post at the 6: 02 mark.

Less than three minutes later, senior attack Ryan Esposito earned his only point of the game when he found a wide-open Kyle Zentz on the right wing, and the sophomore attack beat Fantom with a low shot.

With 1: 42 left, Holman passed the ball to Fisher from about 15 feet away on the left wing, and the senior unleashed a laser into the far side of the net to cut the lead to 9-6.

But Holman picked up a 30-second penalty for holding with 48 seconds left, and the Cougars ran out the clock for the win.

Radford-bound senior attack Dan Velez, who led Fallston with a hat trick and an assist, credited the team's offensive plan of scoring early.

"Coming out strong shocked them," Velez said of the Cougars 6-0 lead in the first half. "That's the way we win, drawing first blood."

Westminster (14-5) saw an 11-game win streak end.

Severna Park 10, Dulaney 8: The Falcons won their first state semifinal at UMBC in Class 3A-4A with senior Hans Hergenroeder and junior Matt Chase each scoring three times and assisting once. Juniors Starke Mueller and Paul Gillette scored two goals apiece and had single assists.

The Falcons never trailed in a game that was tied three times, but instead broke all three deadlocks with two-goal runs.

Up by a goal midway through the third period, Mueller began the decisive 3-0 run, converting a ground-ball pickup in front of the goal that led to a 9-5 lead with 8: 56 to play.

Senior keeper Steve Smith made six of his 14 saves during the fourth period when the Falcons were penalized five times and down two men for a short time.

Down 10-6 late in the fourth period, Dulaney came within 10-8 with 1: 04 to play. But Mueller won the ensuing faceoff and ran the clock down to 35 seconds. Smith made a save with 16 seconds left, as the Falcons regained possession and milked the remaining time.

"I'm proud of our guys. We tried everything possible to win," Dulaney attackman Steve Will said. "But we lost to a good team."

Dulaney got a scare when goalie Nick Mowbray (14 saves) crashed to the turf after a collision. He lay motionless for about three minutes before being escorted off the field but returned to make three saves in the fourth period.

Pub Date: 5/23/99

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