Fallston fends off South River for 1st title

Cougars lose 6-goal lead but prevail in overtime on Wade's goal, 11-10

High Schools

Class 3A-2A boys lacrosse

May 24, 2001|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

It took 2 1/2 quarters last night for the South River lacrosse team, once facing a six-goal deficit, to finally catch Fallston in the Class 3A-2A state final at UMBC.

In overtime, however, it took just one shot by the Cougars' Adam Wade to settle matters. His 10-footer off a feed from Steve Mull 36 seconds into sudden death gave Fallston an 11-10 victory and its first championship.

After his team allowed seven of the final eight goals in regulation - including five straight over the last 8:29 - Fallston coach Matt Parks said the feeling on the sideline was one giant sigh of relief.

"I was getting very, very nervous," said Parks. "Those kids showed a lot of heart, and it looked like we could've gone either way."

Early on, it looked as if it would go Fallston's way for sure. Led by senior midfielders Bryan Bradford (four goals, two assists) and Matt Warfield (three goals), the Cougars (15-4) reeled off 12 of the game's first 13 shots. They had built a 6-1 lead by halftime.

Midway through the second quarter, however, the momentum began to shift.

"We just started playing our game," said Seahawks attackman Bob Woody.

Led by Woody (four goals) and attackmen Jon Beard and Tim Ring (two goals each), South River (11-6) began to toughen up on defense, control the ball on offense, and climb back into contention. When Beard scored off a feed from Ring with 1:48 left, the Seahawks' incredible comeback had tied it.

That momentum ended with 30 seconds left in regulation, when South River was flagged for a one-minute tripping penalty. Fallston was awarded possession to start the overtime, biding its time before finding a clear shot.

"We weren't sure what was going to happen," said Wade. "[Mull] just came around, got it to me and I scored. It was perfect."

For the Seahawks, the goal was a devastating blow. South River coach Greg Carroll said his team had dug too deep a hole with its slow start.

"We had to want the ball, and the bottom line was we didn't start wanting the ball until a little bit too late," said Carroll.

Bradford was one of 13 Fallston players who were around when the Cougars lost to Severna Park in the 1999 title game.

"That filling just sticks with you," he said. "You never forget it, and you never want to feel like that again."

Goals: SR-Woody 4, Beard 2, Ring 2, Shelly, Ward; F-Bradford 4, Warfield 3, Bosse 2, Mull, Wade. Assists: SR-Davison 2, Hall, Miller, Ring, McNeil; F-Bradford 2, Mull 2. Saves: SR-Gray 13, Kachura 3; F-Fantom 5. Half: Fallston, 6-1.

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