Generals let their guard down, Mount Hebron snatches crown

Four unanswered goals in third quarter lift Vikings to 7-5 victory

Boys 1A-2A lacrosse

May 27, 1999|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

The first half of yesterday's Class 1A-2A state title game was typical Towson: Steal the momentum, overcome a deficit, leave the other team wondering what had hit it.

The second half was the complete opposite, however, leading to the 15th-ranked Generals' second straight state title game defeat, 7-5, to Mount Hebron at UMBC Stadium.

Down 4-2, the Vikings (15-5) scored four unanswered goals on six shots for a 6-4 lead heading into the fourth period. Towson (13-4) came within 6-5 on a goal by Gavin Kimball with 1: 56 left to play. Kimball came from behind the goal to beat a defender and the keeper with an underhanded shot.

But 16 seconds later, Tom Tittsworth scooped a loose ball off the ensuing faceoff, beat a final defender and fired in his second goal of the game, one-on-one, past keeper Jesse Markowitz.

"I faked high and he went for it, so I shot it where there was an opening," said Tittsworth, a junior midfielder.

Towson, under second-year coach Ben Berquist, was making its eighth 1A-2A state tournament appearance and going after its fifth title since the event became an official state tournament in 1990.

The Generals had won four state-regional crowns under coach Randy Dase before 1990. Towson also was 4-1 in state title games, losing for the first time last season to Centennial. Mount Hebron, under Jeff Doolan, had gone 1-4 in previous state title games, including three straight overtime losses through 1997.

"We finally won after losing some great games and hearing it in the neighborhood: `Mount Hebron chokes. It's a Hebron thing,' " said Bryan Warner, who had five of Mount Hebron's six assists. Warner was on two of those losing teams.

Neal Goldman had two goals and an assist and Mike Selawski scored two goals for the Vikings, who seemed headed for a fifth title game defeat after a horrendous first half.

Their first of three shots in the first period hit the pipe, after which Mount Hebron turned the ball over four straight times.

There were failed clears by the defense, particularly in the second period, when the Generals out-scored the Vikings, 2-0. And there were ill-advised dodges by offensive players against long-pole defensemen.

Towson, meanwhile, possessed the ball for about half of the time in the first half, taking 11 shots on goal compared to six for Mount Hebron.

Left unguarded, Towson junior defender Chris Brown virtually walked in on keeper Dan Valente (six saves) for a 1-1 tie on Towson's first shot of the second period, 9: 40 before halftime.

Down 2-1, Josh Zennaro scored 12 seconds after Mount Hebron, rifling in his team-high 38th goal for a 2-2 tie. The Generals led 3-2 after Andy Norris fed Ben DeFelice from behind the goal at 7: 00.

And Washington College-bound Markowitz, a two-time All-American and a member of the Generals' state finalist team as a sophomore, came up with three doorstop saves shortly after his team had taken its first lead in the second period.

Kimball, who had a goal and an assist, swiped the ball from Valente. He later stole an outlet pass that led to his assist to David Swift for a 4-2 lead -- the halftime score.

"We came out in the second half telling ourselves that it was 0-0, and that we still had to work hard to win," said Kimball, whose team overcame a three-goal halftime deficit to beat semifinal opponent Hereford. "But they got a lot of transition goals, and they possessed the ball. You can't score if you don't have the ball."

After the game, Berquist ran over to greet Markowitz. Words were exchanged. Markowitz later shed some tears.

"He told me it was a pleasure coaching me, and that he'd have a hard time finding another one like me," Markowitz said. "It's a big disappointment, losing here two years in a row. But we did get here and beat some good teams along the way."

Pub Date: 5/27/99

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