Fallston takes measure of revenge on C.M. Wright

Cougars capture title in Harford with 9-4 win

Boys lacrosse

May 04, 2002|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Last year, the Fallston boys lacrosse team won the Class 3A-2A state title. It didn't, however, win the Harford County title.

The No. 13 Cougars were on a mission last night, and used a fast start to defeat defending county champion C. Milton Wright, 9-4, and win this year's Harford title.

Adam Wade, Matt Wade and Mike Byrne scored three goals apiece to pace host Fallston (10-3, 6-0 league). Kevin Hershner had two goals for the 12th-ranked Mustangs (9-4, 4-1).

"Our defense was unbelievable tonight," said Fallston captain Steve Mull. "They outplayed us last year [a 7-6 Mustangs win], and it feels great to win this in front of our fans."

The Cougars wasted little time getting started. Just 3:54 into the game, Adam Wade beat goalie Dan Frank from close range to give Fallston a 1-0 lead. The Cougars added to it just 1:12 later, when Byrne converted from 15 yards out.

Fallston's lead grew to 3-0 when Frank left a rebound out front with 4:12 left in the first quarter. Matt Wade scooped up the loose ball and beat Frank on the high side. The Mustangs never recovered, and a stingy Cougars defense made sure the momentum never changed.

"I couldn't be prouder of the way we played tonight," said Fallston coach Matt Parks. "I knew our defense could play this well, but this is the first time they've done it all season. This was their ball game."

Fallston hasn't lost since a 19-4 beating at the hands of No. 10 Dulaney a few weeks ago. Mull said that loss motivated the Cougars.

"We learned a lot from that," he said. "Since then, we've worked on some things and we've played with more emotion. Tonight, we were fired up, and determined not to make mistakes."

Mustangs coach Andrew Gerard found little to be pleased about in the loss.

"They're a good team, and they hit us hard defensively," Gerard said. "They sure wanted it tonight. We gave them a lot of opportunities, and they capitalized on most of them."

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