Fallston falls short from start to finish

Pa. school beats Cougars in Sheckells final, 12-2

Boys lacrosse

March 31, 2002|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Fallston's boys lacrosse program prides itself on playing the best teams in the area. When coach Matt Parks makes out his schedule next year, however, he may want to leave one team off it.

Springfield, a team from the western suburbs of Philadelphia, used three goals by Matt Krohmer and Greg Gurenlian to humble No. 13 Fallston, 12-2, in the championship game of the Fred Sheckells lacrosse tournament.

Steve Mull and Jerod Richardson scored both goals for host Fallston.

The teams share the same nickname, the Cougars, but that's where the similarities ended in a surprisingly one-sided game.

How one-sided? Consider that Fallston (3-1) was outshot 7-1 in the first quarter. It fell behind 4-2 in the first half despite having three two-man advantages as Springfield (4-0) was called for nine minutes in penalties. Fallston, the defending Class 3A-2A state champion, only scored in the second quarter.

"They were just a big, strong, athletic team," Parks said. "We got tired, and tired legs equal tired brains."

Springfield wasted no time getting started. It got on the board just 1:12 into the game when Gurenlian fired a shot from 25 yards out past Fallston goalie Kevin Jans.

Four minutes later, John Manners scored off a deflection to extend the lead to 2-0.

Fallston responded 40 seconds into the second quarter, when Richardson took advantage of two Springfield players serving penalties. Richardson curled around the goal and beat goalie Matt Orlando high to cut the lead to 2-1.

After falling behind 4-1 late in the half, Fallston scored the last goal of the half when Mull survived a vicious hit and bounced a shot past Orlando.

The second half, however, was all Springfield, which scored the final eight goals.

"It's exciting to beat a team like this," Krohmer said. "Maryland teams have such a great reputation, and that makes this a big win for us."

Parks said the midfield was the difference in the game.

"Last year when we played them [a 10-8 Fallston loss], we had an experienced midfield and they were playing juniors," he said. "This year, they had the experience and we were playing juniors. Their athleticism, not necessarily the quality but the quantity, beat us."

Springfield, ranked third in the Philadelphia area, has played games in Maryland and on Long Island, N.Y., in the past few years.

"We have a great youth program in a lacrosse-crazy area, and that allows us to compete," said Springfield coach Jon Heisman.

Fallston advanced to the tournament final by beating South River, 11-4. Springfield advanced with a 14-4 win over Arundel.

In the consolation game, South River (2-1) used three goals by Chris Wolf to defeat No. 15 Arundel (1-2), 10-5.

The Seahawks held a 6-4 halftime lead before Mark Lanzer scored early in the third quarter to cut the lead to one.

South River, however, went on a 4-0 run to end the game.

Lanzer led Arundel with three goals.

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