Fallston sends E. Tech south

In rout, Cougars advance to final, 25-3

three players combine to score 13 goals

3A-2A boys lacrosse

May 20, 2001|By Bo Smolka | Bo Smolka,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Fallston will be rested, if not tested, when it takes aim at its first state title since 1987 next week.

The No. 10-ranked Cougars boys lacrosse team scored early and often as it routed Eastern Tech, 25-3, in a Class 3A-2A semifinal at CCBC-Catonsville. Fallston will face South River, a winner over Damascus, in the final.

Fallston's road to the state championship game included a 15-8 upset of No. 5 Mount Hebron in the regional semifinals. The Cougars have won four postseason games by an average of 11 goals.

Against Eastern Tech, Matt Bosse scored five goals and Matt Warfield and Chris Jans each scored four before the Fallston starters called it a day midway through the third period. Steve Mull had five assists, increasing his area-best total to 75.

The Fallston assault was immediate, giving Eastern Tech (9-7) little chance to celebrate its first-ever state tournament appearance. Warfield scored his first goal 44 seconds into the game, and the Cougars (14-4) led 4-0 before Eastern Tech mounted any offensive threat.

Eastern Tech's first goal, credited to Powell Cucchiella, came when a pass from a Fallston defenseman slipped past goalie Justin Fantom with 6:10 left in the first quarter.

That was the Mavericks' lone first-half highlight, as Fallston reeled off 10 straight goals for a 14-1 halftime lead.

Superior in every phase of the game, Fallston outshot Eastern Tech 20-2 in the first period and 55-22 overall. Mull set up behind the Eastern Tech cage, and the Mavericks' defensemen couldn't control the traffic in front of beleaguered goalie Ben Baker.

Twelve Fallston players scored, and by the end of the third period, Fallston already had registered a season-high 19 goals.

Matt Wickman and Matt Cougle scored third-quarter goals for Eastern Tech, which carried a five-game winning streak into the game after starting the season 4-6.

"We were just outmatched," Eastern Tech coach Barry Heddings said. "They'd be my pick for the state champion. I haven't seen South River, but Fallston is phenomenal."

Goals: F - Bosse 5, Warfield 4, Jans 4, Schockley 3, Bryne 2, Bradford, Mull, A. Wade, Shaw, Shea, M. Wade, Datsko. ET - Cucchiella, Wickman, Cougle. Assists: F - Jans 5, Mull 5, M. Wade 2, Bradford, Bosse, Byrne. ET - None. Saves: F - Fantom 6, Wagner 5. ET - Baker 2, Houvinen 1. Half: F, 14-1.

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