Pikesville routs Hereford for 2nd straight region title

Miller's 4 goals, 3 assists lead way in 14-4 triumph

Class 2A-1A boys lacrosse

High Schools

May 16, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Before every game, Pikesville senior Caleb Miller gives his team a pep talk. Last night's against Hereford was simple, but also may have been his finest. "I said it's my last home game," Miller said. "I'm not going out a loser."

After delivering his speech, the Hofstra-bound attackman delivered for his team, contributing four goals and three assists as the defending state champion routed Hereford, 14-4, for its second straight Class 2A-1A South regional title.

Stephen Ginsberg scored five goals, Yoni Meyer had three assists and Steve Hoffman scored three times as Pikesville (12-4) earned a berth in the state semifinals tomorrow against Centennial at 8 p.m. at Catonsville Community College. Centennial beat Glenelg yesterday, 16-5.

"I wanted to show leadership more than anything," said Miller, who can shoot with either hand. "I'm right-handed, but it's natural for me to hold the stick in my left hand."

With the score tied at 1-1, Miller sparked a five-goal run. He assisted on the first two goals of the spree by Ginsberg, and scored the last three for a 6-1 lead 8:47 before halftime. The Panthers, who led 9-3 at the half on 18 shots, scored their third, fourth and fifth goals within a span of 1:02.

Miller scored the ninth goal in spectacular fashion. He scooped a ground ball 10 yards from the goal while running toward the left of goalie Chase Bender and, without slowing down, fired an over-the-back shot in the opposite direction that shook the nets.

"My eyes lit up when I saw the ball rolling toward the goal," Miller said. "I saw the goalie going strong side, so I reached around my back and put it on his weak side. It was instinct. To come on my home turf in my last home game, it feels pretty good."

The Bulls (9-7) didn't go quietly. They fired 10 third-quarter shots upon Jesse Schwartzman (16 saves), but the junior goalie stopped eight of them as his team increased its lead to 12-3 entering the last period.

Scott McDowell and Brandon Kilberg had a goal and an assist each for Pikesville, as did Adam Goloboski for Hereford.

"[Miller] is a nice player and sees the field well," said Hereford coach Carl Runk. "We thought we could contain their top players, but we weren't able to."

No. 13 Fallston 18, C. Milton Wright 17: Brent Shea's goal with three seconds left lifted the visiting Cougars to the 4A-3A North regional title.

Matt Wade had nine goals and an assist, Steve Mull had two goals and four assists, and Adam Wade had three goals and one assist for the Cougars (13-4), who advanced into tomorrow's state semifinal against two-time defending state champion Dulaney at 6 p.m. at Anne Arundel Community College.

Kevin Hershner (six goals, two assists) and Pat Hanley (five, one) led the Mustangs (12-5), who led 2-0 and 3-1 early, but had to overcome separate four-goal deficits. Defender Frank Hopkins played well for the losing team.

Catonsville 13, Franklin 7: The visiting Comets (11-2) opened up the second half with six straight goals to break a tie and cruise to victory over the Indians (7-7) in the 3A-2A South regional final.

Catonsville will play Mount Hebron, an 11-9 winner over Hammond in the North final, at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Annapolis High.

Freshman attackman Eric Gurnsey had five goals and three assists to lead Catonsville. Senior midfielder Nic China added four goals, and Anthony Edwards made 16 saves in net for the Comets.

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