Hosts surprise Hammond in Atholton tourney

Chrobak brothers, Roth lift Raiders to 1st win, 5-4

Lacrosse

High schools

April 11, 2001|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

In the big picture, it doesn't matter whether it's grammatically correct or not that Atholton coach Josh Bound jokingly dubs his Raiders the "fightingest lacrosse team in Howard County."

All that matters is that they believe it.

Of course, until yesterday, that devotion hadn't translated into results. But with a 5-4 upset of Hammond that capped off the first day of the Atholton tournament, the scrappy underdogs saw themselves transformed into chest-thumping victors.

"Every coach I talk to says, `Good game; you may have gotten killed 15-3, but your guys were fighting to the end,' " Bound said. "The kids really took that to heart and it translated into a win today."

Yes, Hammond was playing back-to-back games, having just beaten a decent Long Reach team, 8-5, and true the Bears were without defenseman Jeff Hutcheson (leg injury). But it wasn't as if Hammond (3-2) seemed disadvantaged. The Bears took 39 shots to the Raiders' 10, and led 3-1 as late as the third period.

Winless in the season's first four games, including a 10-4 loss to Long Reach earlier in the morning, Atholton (1-4) for whatever reason simply seemed to want it more.

"They crept up on us," said Bears coach Dave Griffin, "and the style they played gave us some trouble. I credit them, they played a good game."

No one more so, perhaps, than Raiders senior goalie Adam Roth, who stoned the Hammond attack with 23 saves. Goals from P. C. Johnson, Andy Keats and Terrance Showers helped give the Bears a two-goal lead; without Roth, it might have been eight or nine.

"When you lose as much as we do, everyone gets really frustrated," Roth said. "But there's a lot of personal rivalries between our two schools. ... This is the best we've played."

A second-period goal by Tim Chrobak on an assist from his brother Pat not only got Atholton believing, but it proved to be a sign of things to come. Hammond grabbed a 4-3 lead in the fourth period, but Denis Cook found Pat Chrobak in front of the net with five minutes to play to tie things up, and the Raiders took the lead for good when Pat Chrobak again found Tim with 2:32 left.

GIRLS: Bean Cisna and Sophie Dress each had four goals to lead Howard past Long Reach, 14-4, in the Long Reach Tournament championship game.

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