N. Harford handles Fallston

North Harford 13 Fallston 8

Girls lacrosse

April 20, 2006|By JEFF SEIDEL | JEFF SEIDEL,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

North Harford showed visiting Fallston the importance of ball control in last night's Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference game.

Corey Donohoe had five goals and one assist, and Emily Gibson helped No. 12 North Harford win most of the draws and keep possession for long stretches on the way to a 13-8 victory over No. 15 Fallston.

Gibson scored two goals with three assists and also won 15 of the 23 draws - including 13 of the first 17 - which let North Harford (7-0, 3-0) keep the ball away from the speedy Fallston offense. The Cougars might be the fastest team in the conference, but the Hawks' ball control took away their speed. Fallston scored just one goal on a breakaway as the Hawks stayed in command.

"We knew if we could control the ball, it would help negate some of their speed," North Harford coach Greg Murrell said. "We worked on ball possession and draws, and Emily did a great job."

Fallston (8-2, 2-1) scored the game's first goal but never led again. The Hawks broke it open with three straight goals late in the first half for a 7-3 lead. North Harford then stretched it to 10-5 and appeared on the verge of a rout before the Cougars won three straight draws and got three straight goals.

Monica Fischer, Gabby Antinozzi (four goals) and Erika Braerman scored consecutive goals for Fallston in 3 minutes, 39 seconds to cut the lead to 10-8 with 16:46 left. But Donohoe answered with her fourth goal 50 seconds later and Gibson scored with 11:16 remaining for a 12-8 lead.

The Hawks kept the ball for most of the final 11 minutes. They held the ball and made Fallston's defense keep chasing - but the Cougars couldn't do much. The Cougars got just one chance for a shot during the final 11 minutes but never got anything going.

Donohoe settled things down in the final minutes and locked things up by scoring on a free-position shot for a 13-8 lead with 3:37 left. The junior has 22 goals and 13 assists.

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