Towson boys lacrosse team chasing Balto. County title

Generals stand at 6-0, in midst of title chase

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High Schools

April 23, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Having survived one-goal victories over Franklin and Pikesville, the Towson boys lacrosse team, led by attackman Colin Cook (six goals, 22 assists) and midfielder Tim Skeen (12 goals, eight assists), is in the thick of the league title chase.

The Generals are 6-0, including five wins in a Baltimore County 4A-3A league that includes Catonsville (5-2, 5-1) and 4A-3A state champion Dulaney (5-1, 4-0), teams Towson will meet May 4 and May 8, respectively.

Perry Hall (6-0, 6-0) is on the Generals' horizon, but Dulaney, an earlier, 13-6 winner over Catonsville, is the defending league champ.

"I'm happy that we're winning, but we still haven't played the best teams. We still don't truly have an understanding of what we've got," said coach Ben Berquist, who has relied on midfielders Dan Decker, Maicin Dunk and long-pole Scott Steele to be his leaders in front of a defense that is comprised mostly of underclassmen.

"Against both Pikesville and Franklin, we had big leads, but we gave up some late goals than I don't like to see us give up," Berquist said. "We have yet to put four good quarters together."

It will take at least that much if Towson is to take aim at the 3A-2A state playoffs and its first Maryland crown since 1997.

But to reach the state's final four, the Generals, runners-up in '98 and '99, could face any number of stern tests in a South region that includes 15th-ranked Hereford, Franklin, Catonsville and Eastern Tech.

Hereford was last year's 2A-1A state champ, and Franklin, last year's 3A-2A runner-up.

Big game on tap

Parkville's Josh Price got his kick in football last fall, earning second-team All-Baltimore City/County honors as a punter. But this spring, he's using his arm and his bat to lead the Knights as a pitcher and second baseman.

Price has a .500 batting average and a 4-1 record on the mound as the Knights (7-3-1 overall, 4-1 league) play host to 12th-ranked Perry Hall (10-2, 6-1) in today's Baltimore County 4A-3A League contest.

Pitcher-outfielder Andrew Vaught has knocked in a team-high 12 RBIs and will get the start against the Gators, putting his 1-0 record on the line. Teammate Mike Hodges is batting .533 with eight RBIs.

Parkville meets a hard-hitting club that includes Brian Amenta (.400 batting average), Vince DiVenti (.441), Joe Palmer (.421, 16 RBIs), Ken Primeaux (.410, 14 RBIs), Ryan Reprogel (.432), David Roccio (.385) and Matt Miller (.393)

The Gators also boast a team batting average of .352, an ERA of 1.97 and a deep pitching staff of Buddy Breidenbaugh (4-0, 27 strikeouts), Jason Robertson (4-0, 21 strikeouts) and Steve Szeliga (1-1, two saves, 35 strikeouts).

Perry Hall won games against Dundalk, Owings Mills and Kenwoood on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and practiced just once, yesterday.

Tracking records

For the second time in as many track and field invitationals, St. Frances senior Camille Coleman set a record in the high jump.

Coleman, who established a school record by clearing 5 feet, 6 inches at the Morgan State Invitational on April 10, set a meet record at the Glenelg Invitational Saturday. Coleman's mark of 5-4 was two inches better than the previous record of 5-2 shared by two athletes.

Pikesville junior Elias Al Najjar and senior Henry Magram registered a 1-2 finish in the discus throw at the Glenelg Invitational. Al Najjar won with a toss of 132-11, while Magram posted a mark of 131-5 3/4 .

Sun staff writer Edward Lee contributed to this article.

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