Start is perfect for North Harford

5-0 boys lacrosse record a first in Grubb's 26 years

Fallston softball resilient

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April 06, 2003|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

John Grubb has accomplished a lot in his 26 years as North Harford's boys lacrosse coach, including guiding the Hawks to a Class 2A-1A state championship in 1995.

But Grubb enjoyed a first on Friday night when the Hawks beat Joppatowne, 12-3, and improved to 5-0 - the best start of his career.

"We had a mediocre season last year, but we had 17 kids back," said Grubb. "These kids really have worked hard and have learned our system. I tell them to get beyond the thinking stage and get to the reacting stage. And I hope that's where we're at now."

With 17 letter winners back, the Hawks (2-0 league) were supposed to compete for a county crown, and optimism grew after they opened the season with an impressive 8-6 win at Towson. On Wednesday, the Hawks scored their biggest win yet, coming back from a three-goal, second-half deficit to down perennial conference favorite Fallston, 12-11.

The win featured a breakout performance from senior midfielder Mark Kamyszek, a four-year starter who hadn't scored more than five goals in one game in his career. But Kamyszek took it to another level, burning the Cougars for eight goals and two assists. The eight goals tied a school record.

He scored three of his team's last four goals, including tying the game at 10 with 1:15 left and putting home the eventual game-winner with 27 seconds to play. Kamyszek has 13 goals and nine assists this season.

"The goal definitely got a lot bigger as the game went on," said Kamyszek, who has proven to be a fine complement to attackman Nick Mezzanotte, the Hawks' leading scorer. "At the end, I just said that I was going to put it on my shoulders. In the past, I didn't want to be too selfish and I figured everybody would get mad at me for shooting too much."

Kamyszek's performance only confirmed what Grubb already knew.

"I've been waiting four years for him to take control like that," said Grubb, who also praised the play of defensemen Chris Kidd, Jake Pieper and Justin Duarte. "He's very talented and he's got the confidence to be the go-to guy."

Both Grubb and Kamyszek said that a one-goal loss to the Cougars last year taught the Hawks that they could compete at Fallston's level.

"We were preparing for that game for five weeks," said Kamyszek. "In past years, they always had more talent than us, but this year, we thought we had just as much talent. We were up for the game and we pulled it out in the end."

Cougars show mettle

The third-ranked Fallston softball team hadn't given up a run before its game Wednesday at Thomas Run Park against No. 14 C. Milton Wright. So it was natural for first-year Cougars coach Pam Gauss to wonder how her team would react when the Mustangs took a 2-0 lead in the first inning off All-Metro pitcher Heather Donhauser.

Gauss got her answer, and she was quite pleased.

Donhauser was nearly flawless after the first, striking out 11 and facing the minimum number of batters. Junior center fielder Jackie Fowler drove in second baseman Allison Borchers in the sixth inning to cut the Mustangs' lead to 2-1.

In the bottom of the seventh, juniors Stephanie Schultz and Kirsten Wells singled and junior Kim Lassiter was hit by a Laura Canton pitch to load the bases with no outs.

After two forceouts at home, senior first baseman Ali Kelly doubled to left-center field, scoring Lassiter and Borchers for a 3-2 win.

"I think the fact that they come back shows their mentality and strength," said Gauss, whose team is 6-0. "C. Milton went ahead and I think that was a wake-up. We needed to get focused and start hitting."

Father-son game

Friday will be an interesting day in the Lamb household as C. Milton Wright plays host to Edgewood in a boys lacrosse game at 7 p.m.

Dr. Jim Lamb coaches the Rams, while his son, B.J., is a senior midfielder for the Mustangs.

"It's a household rivalry and we have a lot of fun with it," said B.J. Lamb. "I tell him I'm going to light them up and he says that he's going to put someone on me who is going to shut me down."

In last year's game between the Rams and the Mustangs, both Lambs said that they joked about the matchup during the week, but by game time, it was all business, almost to the point that they forgot they were on opposite sides.

"I think my wife sums it up best," said Jim Lamb. "She says she hopes B.J. scores three goals and has a couple of assists and she hopes we win."

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