C.M. Wright fends off Westminster

No. 12 Mustangs saddle Owls with first loss, 5-4

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 30, 2002|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Westminster entered last night's lacrosse showdown at C. M. Wright with something to prove. Unfortunately for the Owls, they won the battle but not the war.

C.M. Wright used three straight second-half goals to erase a 3-2 deficit and defeat visiting Westminster, 5-4, in a non-league game.

The loss was Westminster's first of the season, but some in the lacrosse community think the Owls (11-1) have faced inferior competition.

The No. 12 Mustangs (9-3) ran out to a 2-0 lead before Westminster scored the final two goals of the first half to tie the game at 2.

"We broke down mentally," said midfielder Billy Glodek, who led the Mustangs with a goal and two assists. "We got the lead, and we lulled ourselves into a safety zone."

The Owls took advantage of a cross-checking penalty on the Mustangs to cut into the lead. Joe Mruk took a pass behind the net and fired a hard bouncer past the Mustangs' Dan Frank to make it 2-1.

Westminster capitalized again late in the half, when Andrew Gehringer's point-blank shot found the top of the net with 2:32 left in the half to tie the game.

Westminster broke on top early in the third quarter. Taking advantage of another Wright penalty, sophomore Matt Duke fired a shot past Frank from 20 yards to give the Owls a 3-2 advantage with 7:43 left in the quarter.

Then it was the Mustangs' turn. Wright tied the game with 4:29 left in the quarter when Mark Harrah's hard shot beat a partially-screened J.C. Hutchins in goal.

Just 2:20 later, Wright took the lead for good when Glodek faked a defender and scored on a point-blank shot for a 4-3 score.

The Mustangs got another goal with 10:04 left in the game when Trevor Zorbach was left open on the side of the Owls' net.

Westminster managed to cut the lead to 5-4 on Justin Starnes goal with 7:34 left, but couldn't get the tiebreaker.

"It was a battle, but it's what we expected," said Wright coach Andrew Gerard. "Our offense never clicked tonight, and our defense kept us in the game."

Westminster coach Jim Peters was disappointed but was able to find some positives.

"I'm never pleased with a loss, but we played hard," he said. "I was proud of the effort the kids gave. This is a loss I can live with."

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