Pikesville takes title with 11th win in row

Schwartzman, Miller set mark against Southern-AA

High Schools

Class 2A-1A boys lacrosse

May 24, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Pikesville's Andrew Schwartzman (seven goals) and Calib Miller (four goals, three assists) eclipsed a 2A-1A mark for single-game points, and David Misler keyed a defense that held Southern of Anne Arundel scoreless in the decisive third period of a 17-7 Class 2A-1A state title victory at UMBC Stadium.

The win was the 11th straight for ninth-ranked Pikesville (16-1), and its only title since the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association switched to an official state tournament in 1990.

It was a breakthrough for eighth-year coach Tano Arrogancia, 38, who also twice beat four-time state champ Towson - the Panthers' first-ever wins over their Baltimore County rivals - and once defeated 3A-2A state champ Fallston (15-4).

"Eight years of busting butt has finally paid off for me and these guys," said Arrogancia, whose only loss was 12-2 to last year's 4A-3A champ Dulaney. "I told them after that game: `You can't talk the talk until you walk the walk.' From then on, we kept quiet and showed what we had on the field."

Both Schwartzman, who scored five of Pikesville's eight first-half goals, and Miller eclipsed the 2A-1A single-game points record (five) held by three others. The University of Delaware-bound Schwartzman also passed the six goals by Dulaney's Damon Scordo (1991) and Arundel's Mike Haertel (1995).

Pikesville's Cory Williams and Jason Green had two goals and two assists each, midfielder Steven Hoffman won 16 of 28 faceoffs, and keeper Jesse Schwartzman had 15 saves.

"We did everything possible during the off-season to prepare for this season," said the Duke-bound Misler. "This was our goal, and we reached it."

Yesterday's battle was a continuation of a contest that was postponed Tuesday night at 8:25 p.m. due to a lightning storm. Pikesville led 1-0 at the time of the stoppage, but yesterday, Southern's Joe Adams scored twice as Pikesville was outscored 3-1 and trailed 3-2.

But Misler then shut down Adams, after which Schwartzman's game-tying goal sparked an 8-0 run for a 10-3 lead. Southern (9-8) came within 10-6 entering the fourth, where it was outscored 7-1.

"We came out of the gates intense Tuesday, but we were a little flat today," Andrew Schwartzman said. "We slowed the ball down like we have all year, and that's when we're able to smoke 'em."

Adams (two goals), Jason Merhtens (two goals) and Pat Hantske (two goals, one assist) led Southern.

Goals: S-Hantske 2, Adams 2, Mehrtens 2, S. Witt; P-A. Schwartzman 7, Miller 4, Williams 2, Jas. Green 2, Jar. Green, Ginsberg. Assists: S-D. Witt 2, Hantske; P-Miller 3, Williams 2, Jas. Green 2, Dashoff, Hoffman. Saves: S-Krauss 15; P-J. Schwartzman 14. Half: P, 8-3.

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