Fallston shrugs off slow start, tops Wright

12 goals in last 31 minutes help Cougars to 13-2 win

Boys lacrosse

April 23, 2005|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

No. 13 Fallston awakened from an early game funk and slowly took over as Steve Bosse and Luke Raab helped the Cougars score 12 goals over the final 31 minutes to roll to a 13-2 victory over visiting C. Milton Wright in a Harford County boys lacrosse game.

Bosse finished with four goals and two assists and played a big role as the Cougars jumped to a 10-0 lead early in the fourth quarter. He scored all of his goals in the second and third periods as Fallston (9-0, 4-0) broke the game open.

"Usually our style is we're a run and gun team," Bosse said. "The running style wasn't there in the first half, so we had to sit back and take what they were giving us."

The Mustangs (5-4, 4-2) didn't give much throughout the first quarter. They pressured Fallston and found a number of scoring chances but had problems getting good shots. The Cougars escaped the first quarter with a 1-0 lead and began to take over in the second period.

"In the first quarter, we came out very flat, and they came out ready to play," Fallston coach Matt Parks said. "It really had me concerned."

Fallston scored four goals over 4:45 later in the second quarter to take a 5-0 halftime lead. The Cougars then broke it open with four goals in a stretch of 2:56 during the third period for a commanding 10-0 lead. Freshman Raab continued his strong season with four goals while Ross Novak (two goals, two assists) and Ryan Smith (two goals, one assist) also helped.

The only question left then was if Fallston could get a shutout. But C.M. Wright finally scored 53 seconds into the fourth quarter on a Joe Troiani goal. Rich Romanelli added another goal, but it was much too little, too late.

The Fallston defense did a good job of shutting things down around goalie Corey Schulz (12 saves) in the early going. Schulz, a sophomore, made some nice stops early, and seniors Kevin Goedeke, Jamie Greenwood and Pat Milchling helped force the Mustangs to shoot from farther away or not find clear shots.

The game might have been more of a rout if not for the strong play of C.M. Wright goalie Anthony Zmoda. He made a number of tough saves in the first half and finished with 11 stops overall.

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