Towson shows total control, 9-3

Perry Hall's possessions are few and far between

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

May 01, 2004|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Towson had the ball. Perry Hall didn't.

That's the best way to describe Towson's 9-3 victory over host Perry Hall in last night's Baltimore County Class 4A-3A boys lacrosse game. The Generals won most of the faceoffs, maintained possession for long stretches and kept the ball out of Perry Hall's hands.

"We knew they were going to take the air out of the ball," Perry Hall coach Brian Moen said. "We just couldn't get the ball."

Dan Decker won 17 of 22 faceoffs and the Generals held a 17-10 advantage in ground balls -- two reasons Towson held the ball for minutes at a time. Colin Cook sparked the offense with two goals and four assists and helped Towson (10-0 overall, 10-0 league) keep the ball away from Perry Hall (7-2, 6-2).

"We can't really lose if we have the ball," Cook said.

The Generals like to play a ball-control, settled-offense type of game, and they were at their best last night. Towson's most effective stretch came after Perry Hall's Pat Coffman sliced the lead to 4-2 with 4:31 left in the half.

That's because the Generals held the ball and again frustrated Perry Hall with their patience. The Gators got possession just once, for a total of about 15 seconds, before the Towson defense forced a turnover.

During that final 4:31, Towson scored twice to take a 6-2 halftime lead and take command for good.

"They played with a lot of emotion tonight," Towson coach Ben Berquist said. "They were playing smart, possessing the ball, and they also were playing with [that] emotion. I can't ask for any more than that."

Towson goalie Peter Gentry finished with eight saves and didn't have to do much after the first quarter. But Gentry made three tough saves in the early minutes that proved important. He also was helped by a defense that caused a number of turnovers when the Gators did have the ball.

Perry Hall goalie Andrew Mitchell had nine saves but had little chance on many shots as Towson's slick passing -- specifically that of Cook -- manufactured a number of high-percentage shots.

Jason Connor and Tim Skeen both added two goals and one assist for Towson. Decker, Gordy Chapline and Maicin Dunk each scored once. Cook made a number of eye-opening passes, but his feed on Decker's goal in the first quarter was the best. The senior leaped to make a one-handed catch of a pass and quickly zipped the ball over to Decker, who beat Mitchell from in front.

Nick Schall scored twice for Perry Hall on two 10-yard shots, but Perry Hall simply couldn't get enough of those chances.

"They definitely dictated the pace of the game," Moen said.

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