Fallston's Mull goes on the offensive

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School's assists leader assumes goal-scoring role

March 29, 2002|By Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn | Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Known for his giving nature on the lacrosse field, Fallston attackman Steve Mull has to be more selfish to benefit his team this season.

"We lost a lot of scoring to graduation, so I've worked hard knowing I've got to play a bigger role as a goal-scorer," said the Towson University-bound Mull, whose single-season, school-record 77 assists and 14 goals led the Cougars to last year's Class 3A-2A state title. "I'm shooting more, going to goal more and creating more chances off dodges."

In two games for the 13th-ranked Cougars (2-0), Mull has eight goals and seven assists, raising his career totals to 47 goals and a school-record 136 assists. Although the Cougars have beaten defending 2A-1A state champion Pikesville, Mull knows he has yet to see the specialized defenses he is likely to face as the competition heats up.

That could happen this weekend as the Cougars play host to the Fred Sheckels tournament before heading to Towson University for Monday's Lacrosse Showdown. The events are part of a grueling early season schedule for Fallston, which had a game against ninth-ranked, two-time defending 4A-3A state champion Dulaney postponed until April 17 due to rain.

In the Fred Sheckels tournament, Fallston will meet South River of Anne Arundel County in a rematch of last year's 3A-2A state final that ended with Mull's overtime assist on the game-winner by Adam Wade in an 11-10 victory. The other game features 4A-3A runner-up Arundel against Springfield, Pa.

In the Showdown at Towson, Fallston opens with a 10 a.m. game against 10th-ranked Mount St. Joseph (0-2) of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference. At noon, defending MIAA A champion Loyola (2-2) meets Dulaney (0-0), which is led by second-team All-Metro attackman Mike Obringer (97 career goals, 93 career assists).

Both MIAA teams are looking to right themselves after recent losses. Loyola suffered a blow to its No. 3 national ranking when it was upset, 11-8, by sixth-ranked Boys' Latin on Wednesday. Mount St. Joseph has lost to No. 7 Calvert Hall and to No. 2 St. Mary's by a combined seven goals despite having scored 21 goals.

In last year's Showdown, Fallston beat Dulaney, and Loyola whipped Howard County power Mount Hebron. In last year's Fred Sheckels tournament, Fallston beat Arundel, 16-12, before losing to Springfield, 10-8, in the title game.

"We look at our schedule as an opportunity to become more battle-tested," Mull said. "Everyone goes to the playoffs, but we'll just be more prepared when we get there."

First-time showdown

In the girls portion of Monday's Lacrosse Showdown at Towson University, No. 6 Roland Park takes on a team it has never played before - No. 7 Liberty.

The Lions, who have dominated Carroll County with 11 county titles in 14 years, face a tough early season schedule, including the Reds, No. 11 Hereford and possibly No. 3 Bryn Mawr in their tournament next weekend. They've already beaten then-No. 15 Mount de Sales, 13-8, and St. Paul's, 15-7.

"They are a very hungry team looking to prove themselves," said Reds coach Tara Kramer. "We're expecting a really tough game. They certainly have a few key players we'll be watching for."

One of those is Carroll County Player of the Year Becky Trumbo. In Monday's win over St. Paul's, the Towson-bound, All-Metro midfielder became the Lions' all-time leading point-getter with 257.

The Reds (2-0) also boast a balanced team with Carrie Harvey (six goals), Kinsey Morrison (five goals) and Alex Nolan (four goals, five assists).

The Reds and Lions draw at 2 p.m., followed by Bryn Mawr (1-1) and Hereford (2-0) at 4 p.m.

The Mawrtians look to continue their dominance over the Bulls, the defending state Class 2A-1A champions. Last year, the Mawrtians won, 11-6, in the first round of Liberty's tournament.

Making up ground

Southern's Carmisha Williams is making huge strides on the track in only her second year of competition.

The versatile senior won the 100-meter dash last week in 13.1 seconds at a quad-meet in Baltimore City. On Wednesday, in another quad-meet, she slashed that to 12.4 seconds, a time that would have won the Class 3A state championship a year ago.

"She's still learning," said Bulldogs assistant coach Michael Rose. "Her best attribute is that she's very determined, and she's a quick learner. The natural ability is there, but she also has the determination to make herself better. That's a big part of why she's been so successful."

In the recent city indoor track championship meet, Williams ran fourth in the 55-meter dash and the 55-meter hurdles and was third in the shot put.

At Wednesday's meet, Williams also won the long jump and anchored the winning 400-meter and 800-meter relay teams to lead the Bulldogs over Northern, Lake Clifton and Northwestern.

Liberty's new football coach

Carroll County's Liberty didn't have to look far to find its new head football coach.

The school last week named defensive coordinator Marty Brennan to replace nine-year coach Ken Johnson, who in early February was named head coach at Winters Mill, a school scheduled to open in the fall.

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