South River rolls into first state title berth since 1995

Woody scores 8 goals as Seahawks cruise, 15-5

3A-2A boys lacrosse

High Schools

May 19, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The sweat on Bob Woody's face didn't tell the whole story.

Although the senior attackman scored a game-high eight goals to pace South River to a 15-5 victory over Damascus in a Class 3A-2A boys lacrosse state semifinal at Catonsville Community College last night, Woody was more than ready to tackle the next opponent.

"I'm excited to play in the final," said Woody, whose Seahawks will meet the winner of the Eastern Tech-No. 10 Fallston game at 1 p.m. today. "I could play right now."

Indeed, South River, the East Regional champion that advanced to the state championship game for the first time since 1995, easily handled a challenge from the Hornets, who entered last night's game as the West Regional titlist.

The Seahawks (11-5) dominated nearly every facet of the game, winning seven more faceoffs, taking nine more shots and giving up 11 fewer turnovers than Damascus (15-1).

After Woody scored five of South River's six first-half goals, the Seahawks extended a 6-2 halftime lead to 11-3 by scoring five of the next six goals in the third quarter.

Freshman attackman Mike Rancourt had two goals and three assists while junior midfielder Paul Miller added four assists.

The Hornets could not solve South River's defense, particularly the long-stick work of senior Jack Bevier, junior Nick Mattingly and sophomore Brandon Middleton.

The Seahawks successfully killed all 14 man-down situations and even scored twice short-handed. They also scored once on a man-up opportunity.

"We had a rotating zone on defense, and it looked like they didn't know what to do against it," South River coach Greg Carroll said. "They had maybe one or two decent shots on us."

Goals: D--Abbamonte 2, Dean 2, Kober; SR--Woody 8, Rancourt 2, Ring 2, Beard, Davison, McNeil. Assists: D--Abbamonte; SR--Miller 4, Rancourt 3, Beard 2, McNeil, Sroka, Ward. Saves: D--Fish 12; SR--Gray 8, Kachura 3. Half: SR, 6-2.

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