Fallston follows lead of Mull to defeat Westminster in OT

Senior attackman sparks rally, gets winning assist in North semifinal, 9-8

Class 4A-3A boys lacrosse

High Schools

May 15, 2002|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Trailing by two goals heading into the fourth quarter of last night's Class 4A-3A North Regional semifinal, Fallston got all the help it needed from senior attackman Steve Mull.

Mull scored twice and assisted on two of the Cougars' final four goals, including a remarkable game-winning assist from on the ground in overtime to give the visiting Fallston lacrosse team a riveting 9-8 overtime victory over top-seeded Westminster.

The No. 13-ranked Cougars (12-4) advanced to tonight's regional championship game in which they will face C. Milton Wright, a 17-1 winner over Frederick.

"He said he wanted the ball at that point, and there's no question that I'm going to give it to him," said Fallston coach Matt Parks.

Westminster (14-2), which had its 11-game winning streak broken, won the faceoff and held possession for the opening 2:30 of overtime. The Owls managed two shots, but one went wide and the other was stopped at point-blank range by junior Fallston goalie Jeff Bisker (11 saves).

With 56 seconds remaining in the overtime session, Mull (two goals, three assists) was knocked down attempting to spin around a defender. From the turf, he found junior midfielder Adam Wade, who fired a shot past goalie J.C. Hutchins (seven saves) for the dramatic victory.

"That was awesome," Mull said. "It was just right timing, I guess. Adam Wade was wide open. He was in the right spot at the right time."

The Owls, who outshot Fallston 35-23 for the game, led 7-5 going into the fourth quarter after erasing a 3-0 deficit at the end of the first quarter. That was when Mull's heroics began, as the senior brought the Cougars within 7-6 with an assist 42 seconds into the quarter. Mull later spun around defenders to score with 7:57 and 1:58 to play to give Fallston an 8-7 lead.

"We weren't doing much at that time, so I figured I'd put the team on my back and see what I could do," Mull said. "Take it to the goal, because nothing else was happening."

Westminster sophomore midfielder Matt Duke (three goals, two assists) scored off a pass from junior midfielder Brad Baer (two goals, two assists) with 48 seconds remaining to tie it at 8-8. And a split-second after time expired in regulation, Baer rifled a shot from the restraining line off the left post.

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