Goal with :07 left lifts Pikesville over Towson

Ginsberg boosts Panthers to 3rd straight win, 10-9

Boys Lacrosse

High Schools

April 17, 2002|By Sam Atkinson | Sam Atkinson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Pikesville Panthers, the defending Class 2A-1A boys lacrosse state champions who started the year 0-2, staged a little drama yesterday at Panther Stadium against Baltimore County rival Towson before claiming their third straight victory.

Stephen Ginsberg scored with seven seconds left to play as the Panthers pulled out a 10-9 win.

The Generals (2-1) tied the game at 9 as Jaime Brown scored his fourth goal off an assist from Dan Decker with 1:35 remaining.

Pikesville (3-2) struggled with faceoffs, and Towson's Peter Hinton dominated by winning 14 of 22. But the Panthers won the faceoff when it counted.

With the clock ticking down, the Panthers called two timeouts - the second with 10 seconds remaining.

Panthers senior attackman Caleb Miller inbounded the ball at the end line and ran from behind the goal on the left side, drawing a double team. He quickly passed the ball one-handed to a wide-open Ginsberg, who found the net.

"Coach told me, `Miller go hard to the cage. Find your man and put it in the back of the net,' " said Miller, who had three goals and three assists.

Ginsberg scored a team-high four goals.

"It is a very big win for us," Pikesville coach Tano Arrogancia said. "We lost a lot of players [12 to graduation] from last year. I think we deserve some respect."

The Panthers took a 4-3 lead into the second quarter but it was the Generals who dictated the tempo, outscoring Pikesville 4-0 to take a 7-4 halftime lead.

Towson slowed down the game in the third quarter, trying to contain the Panthers' transition game.

"We didn't want to give up any goals in transition," said Towson coach Ben Berquist. "We didn't show enough poise in the second half. Pikesville played with a lot of emotion."

Two quick goals in the fourth gave the Panthers their first lead since the first quarter.

Pikesville junior goalie Jesse Schwartzman made 16 saves; Towson keeper Andy Posil turned away 10 shots.

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