Dulaney routs Fallston for 7th straight victory

Batton's 7 goals set stage for 19-4 win by No. 11 Lions

Boys lacrosse

April 25, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Two-time 4A-3A state champ Dulaney was out to avenge a loss of a year ago yesterday at Fallston. But the game carried more personal meaning for junior attackman Kyle Batton.

"I played with a lot of their guys on Fallston rec in seventh grade, and their coach, Matt Parks, was my coach," Batton said. "I was younger than most of them and kind of felt like an outsider. I wanted to show how much I've improved."

The junior scored seven goals on eight shots and had an assist as 11th-ranked Dulaney ripped Fallston, 19-4, for its seventh straight win in a battle of defending state champs. Coming off Tuesday's nine-goal, two-assist effort in a 19-4 rout of Eastern Tech, Batton yesterday dissected a defense that returned intact from last year's 3A-2A champion.

"Maybe this will wake us up," said coach Matt Parks, whose Cougars had won four straight games. "I told my guys Dulaney wanted us after losing last year, but they thought we could show up and say, `We're Fallston, the 2001 state champs.' "

For the Lions (7-2), Mike Obringer (two goals, three assists), Jay Feeley (four goals) and Cary Howard (one goal, three assists) led the attack, and Matt Mindel (two, two) and Greg Naylor (two, one), the midfield. Mindel and Jason Rommel combined to win 16 of 26 faceoffs, and David Budniakiewicz and Chris Keppeler played well on the wings.

"After losing our first two games to Loyola and Boys' Latin, we figured Fallston would be our biggest game before states," Mindel said. "Everything clicked today."

Fallston (8-3) had only 10 shots, the first four of which were stopped by Dulaney keeper Tim Mullan, who was not required to make another save. Defender Zac Jungers shadowed Fallston's all-time assist leader, Steve Mull, who scored a goal on the only shot he took. Mull (22 goals, 37 assists) also assisted on Fallston's other goals by Adam Wade (two goals) and Matt Wade (one goal). But Jungers credited Josh Fine and Chris Llekas for helping him to contain Mull.

"Steve has one of the quickest first steps of any attackman I've faced, and he had a great game last year," Jungers said. "But we were looking forward to this game and we brought it."

Dulaney's first nine shots resulted in a 6-1 first-period lead, and its first 17 shots a 12-3 halftime advantage. At that point, Batton had scored six goals and assisted on another. Dulaney finished the game with 30 shots on goal, nine of which were saved by the combination of three Fallston goalkeepers.

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