Franklin restarts fast, ousts Hereford, 16-15

Game interrupted a day by storm, decided by Clements with :37 left

Class 3A-2A South regional boys lacrosse semifinals

High Schools

May 20, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Rob Clements said he and his Franklin teammates "had total momentum" at Hereford on Tuesday night. But then - with 59 seconds left and the score tied at 15 - a thunderstorm postponed the teams' Class 3A-2A South regional boys lacrosse semifinal until yesterday.

And then, like lightning, visiting Franklin knocked out the defending 2A-1A state champion Bulls, who were competing in a new bracket this year.

Just 22 seconds after play resumed where it had ended Tuesday, Clements fed Mike Fielder for a knee-high, 15-yard score that completed a startling comeback and gave visiting Franklin its 14th straight victory, 16-15.

Evan Broderick's intercepted pass off the faceoff started the game-winning sequence, which closed out a 9-2 run and earned the Indians (14-3) a rematch today at 14th-ranked Towson (14-1), an earlier one-goal winner against Franklin.

Hereford led 14-13 and 15-14 only to have Franklin's Tommy Montanye (two goals, two assists) and Matt Higgins tie the score off respective feeds by Clements (seven goals, three assists) and Fielder (four, two).

"We had just tied the game and had total momentum. We'd have won it [Tuesday night] if they hadn't called it," Clements said. "I wanted to finish strong, and we came out and did that."

Mike Linker had four assists, and goalie Geordy Clements finished with 22 saves for the Indians, who were 3A-2A state runners-up last spring.

Coach Scott Laudeman began this spring having lost nine starters among his graduated 21 seniors. His Indians persevered after an 0-3 start - to Baltimore County powers Towson, Dulaney and Catonsville.

"We've had four sophomores step up with Matt Higgins, Geordy Clements, Jesse Headley and Tom Montanye," Laudeman said. "I was concerned about our momentum coming back today. But on the bus ride over, the kids were relaxed. I knew they could do it."

With Franklin down 13-7 with 6:35 left in the third quarter, Clements scored four times during a six-goal Indians run that tied the score with 11:29 left.

Headley (two goals, two assists) got the eighth and 13th goals for the Indians, who trailed 6-3 after one period and 9-6 at halftime.

"Rob was cutting, getting open. He stepped up and took over," Fielder said.

"They're tough youngsters. They hung in there," said Hereford coach Carl Runk, whose Bulls (14-2) were led by Perry Menzies (six goals), Ray Wittelsberger (three goals, three assists) and Bret Yoder (two, four).

"I hate losing but not to a team like theirs," Runk said. "[Laudeman's] done a nice job with that team."

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