Third-quarter blitz leads Southern-AA by F.S. Key

8-0 run leads Bulldogs to 1st state title game, 14-7

2A-1A boys lacrosse

High Schools

May 19, 2001|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

On his way to his team's sideline late in the first half of last night's state Class 2A-1A boys lacrosse semifinal match against Francis Scott Key, Southern-Anne Arundel midfielder Pat Hantske slammed his stick in frustration. The Bulldogs had found themselves in a halftime tie after a dominating start.

But Hantske and the Bulldogs took out their frustrations on the upstart Eagles in a third-quarter blitz, propelling them to a 14-7 victory at Bel Air High School.

The Bulldogs (9-7) advanced to their first state championship game against the winner of today's Pikesville-Centennial semifinal.

Southern ran off eight consecutive goals to grab command, with Hantske scoring the first two goals of the second half.

"We had a slow first half and they weren't going to give up," said Hanske, who finished with four goals and three assists.

Senior attackman Joe Adams scored five goals for Southern. Junior attackman Jim Barley had three goals for Francis Scott Key.

Only in its fourth year of existence, Francis Scott Key (10-9) was making its first state semifinal appearance. Despite finishing the regular season at 7-8 with four losses in the last five games, the Eagles won three straight to capture the West Region title.

The East Regional champ Bulldogs, who went 5-7 in the regular season, appeared to be too much early for Francis Scott Key, building a 4-1 first-quarter lead. But two late scores re-ignited the Eagles.

After Southern goalie Trevor Krauss knocked away a shot by Mike Mayberry, Barley was there to pick up the ball and score, closing the deficit to 4-2 with 2.6 seconds left in the opening quarter.

An errant pass by Southern resulted in another score by Barley, tying the game at 5 with 7.1 seconds left before intermission.

"The first half gave us a lot of confidence," said Francis Scott Key co-coach Carroll Seiler. "... Their experience really showed in the third quarter."

Goals: S--Adams 5, Witt 2, Robb, Hantske 4, Mehrtens 2; FSK--Thompson 2, Barley 3, Knouse, Akers. Assists: S--D. Witt 3, Hanstke 3, S. Witt. Saves: S--Krauss 7; FSK--Vanderlinden 5. Half: 5-5.

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