Ginsburg gets Pikesville past Towson again, 6-5

Senior's OT goal sends Panthers to regional final

Boys lacrosse

May 14, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Towson again brought out the best in Pikesville's Stephen Ginsburg, whose game-winning goal seven seconds into overtime yesterday lifted the defending 2A-1A state champions to a 6-5 victory in a boys lacrosse South Region semifinal game.

Pikesville (11-4) advanced to tomorrow's regional title game against Hereford.

It was the second time this year that the senior attackman foiled the Generals (10-4) in dramatic fashion. On April 16, Ginsburg's fourth goal of the game with seven seconds left in regulation beat Towson, 10-9.

Yesterday, Ginsburg (two goals, one assist) finished off a two-pass sequence that began with Steven Hoffman winning the faceoff and passing to Scott McDowell, who found Ginsburg.

"Scott got the ball up and my defender slid, so I was open," said Ginsburg, who overcame an ankle injury and tough defense by Towson's Dan McMenamin. "The keeper was to the left side, so I shot it to the right. It was hard getting open, but I toughed it out."

Host Towson, which was led by Jamie Brown (three goals) and Tim Skeen (three assists), trailed 3-1 early in the third period, but led 5-4 after Peter Hinton won a faceoff and scored with 6:35 to play.

"We slowed it down, controlled the tempo," Brown said. "We didn't want them to have another run on goal."

But Pikesville regained possession and called a timeout with 1:25 left, setting up the game-tying goal 20 seconds later - an underhanded shot by Caleb Miller, on which Hoffman assisted.

"I cut across and Hoffman got the ball to me," Miller said. "I just ripped it in, upper-shelf."

Pikesville keeper Jesse Schwartzman (11 saves) blocked the potential game-winning shot by Tyler Wyman with a second left in regulation.

Towson's Andy Posil (14 saves) also played well.

"We had to prove ourselves since the press has given us no love this year," McDowell said. "All I've got to say is, `who's next?' "

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