No. 13 Fallston takes charge, putting away Pikesville, 12-7

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

March 23, 2002|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

It wasn't pretty, but it will do.

That was pretty much the sentiment from Fallston yesterday, where the host Cougars defeated Pikesville, 12-7, in the boys lacrosse opener for both teams.

Steve Mull and Matt Wade led the Cougars with four goals each, and Caleb Miller led the Panthers with five.

The game matched last year's 2A-1A state champion (Pikesville) against the 3A-2A state titlist (Fallston).

"This was the first game for both teams, and it showed," Fallston coach Matt Parks said. "This was a good test for us."

The Cougars didn't look as if they were up to the test at first. Pikesville used two goals by Miller to take a 2-0 lead four minutes into the game.

"We came out with some jitters at first," said Mull. "Once we settled down and gave our defense a rest, we were all right."

The Cougars used two goals by Matt Wade and one each by Mull and Brent Shea to outscore the Panthers 4-1 the rest of the quarter and take a 4-3 lead.

Pikesville tied the game 13 seconds into the second quarter on a Ryan Goldstein shot from close range, but Fallston responded 39 seconds later, when Shea caught Panthers goalie Jesse Schwartzman napping to make the score 5-4. No. 13 Fallston never trailed after that.

"We started to get our confidence and win some faceoffs," said Mull. "From there, we started to be more patient and everything fell into place."

The Panthers did make a run, using fourth-quarter goals by Miller and Steven Hoffman to cut the margin to 9-7 with 6:44 left. After that, Fallston went on a three-goal run to put the game away.

The loss was disappointing for Pikesville coach Tano Arrogancia, whose team defeated Fallston, 11-10, in overtime last year.

"We had the momentum midway through the [fourth] quarter, but we rushed the ball and didn't show our composure."

Arrogancia tried to put the loss into perspective.

"This was our opener, and we were very rusty today," he said. "We got behind, and we couldn't pick up any ground balls."

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