In second, Broadneck defeats Arundel

Down 15-10 in 2nd half, Bruins cap improbable rally on Battaglini's goal

Boys lacrosse

High schools

May 09, 2001|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

It's a goal that people at Broadneck will talk about for a long time, the one that gave the No. 15-ranked Bruins the Anne Arundel County boys lacrosse championship last night against No. 14 Arundel.

There were five seconds left on the clock when defender Eric Demunda sent an outlet the length of the field, and one second remaining when it reached Charlie Battaglini right in front of the Arundel cage.

Battaglini collected and finished to complete a stunning fourth-quarter comeback that gave the Bruins a 16-15 win over the Wildcats at Southern High in Harwood.

The Bruins (12-3) went from 4-11 last season to county champions this year, scoring the game's last six goals in the final 7:37 of the fourth quarter to make it happen.

"I just looked up and saw the ball basically just went right to my stick," said Battaglini, who has 10 goals on the season.

So much happened first.

The Bruins came out fast to take a 6-1 lead before Arundel gradually settled in to pull within 7-5 at the half.

Then the Wildcats (11-4) took over in the third quarter with Andrew Wheat (four goals) getting the score tied at 9 and then scoring again -- with 6:27 left in the third -- to give the Wildcats their first lead.

It would be extended to 15-10 before the Bruins started their comeback, led by Steve Panos, whose fifth goal of the game with a little over a minute left tied the score at 15.

In last week's regular-season meeting, the Wildcats came back from a 6-3 deficit to edge the Bruins 9-8 on a goal from Brad Korvin with 12 seconds left. But this time, Broadneck insisted on a different ending.

"I can't explain it. It was amazing," Panos said. "The last game, we were up 6-3 and they came back to beat us and I'm thinking, `Oh no, all over again.' But we kept coming back, and when we got it tied, I felt good."

Arundel coach Clint Gosnell said his Wildcats got away from all the things they did right in building the 15-10 lead: winning draws and ground balls, riding on defense and hanging on to the ball.

As for the entire game?

"I've been around 25 years and haven't seen anything like that -- not the way this thing swung back and forth. It was unbelievable with all the mood swings."

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