Towson overcomes 9-2 run, stops Catonsville, 16-12

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

May 05, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Tim Skeen spoke as if he'd just been caught in a sudden thunderstorm.

"Nobody knew what was coming or knew what to expect," said the Towson junior midfielder, standing on his home field after yesterday's come-from-behind, 16-12 Baltimore County Class 4A-3A victory over Catonsville. "It surprised us. It was all a blur."

Skeen was referring to an unbelievable run by the Comets, who turned their 8-3 deficit at 2:18 of the second quarter into a 12-10 lead with 2:04 left in the third.

But Skeen scored all of his five goals in the second half, Colin Cook finished with three goals and four assists and goalie Pete Gentry made six of his 14 saves during the fourth quarter as the Generals (11-0 overall, 10-0 Baltimore County) set up Saturday's showdown at defending champion and ninth-ranked Dulaney, which is unbeaten in the league.

Jason Connor (two goals, one assist) and Maicin Dunk (one goal, two assists) finished with three points each for Towson, which scored the game's final six goals.

"We hadn't been tested like this all year," Skeen said. "This was a wake-up call."

Bryan Schafer and Carl Oswald finished with four goals and two assists each to lead the Comets (7-5, 7-2). Schafer also lost a fierce faceoff showdown against Towson's Dan Decker (three goals), who had an overall 18-13 advantage in the draws.

"It was just back and forth in there all day," Decker said. "When he was winning, they were winning, and when I was winning, we were winning."

Catonsville coach Matt Ames replaced starter Matt Affeldt with Kyle Mitzel in the second quarter, a key move as Mitzel made six of his seven stops during the Comets' comeback.

Meanwhile, Oswald said he and Schafer "got a good chemistry going." With teammate Eric Gurnsey (one goal, one assists) being quieted by Towson defender Scott Steele, that was a major development.

Oswald fed Schafer to bring the Comets within 9-8. Oswald scored the goal that gave his team its final lead, at 11-10, and again found Schafer for the Comets' 12th goal. For Schafer, his pass to Oswald trimmed Catonsville's deficit to 10-9.

"I thought we were going to shock them, but we only run four midfielders against their depth," Schafer said. "We ran out of legs."

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