Generals hand Hawks first loss

Towson 14 North Harford 12

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

May 02, 2006|By TODD KARPOVICH | TODD KARPOVICH,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Midway through the first half, North Harford girls lacrosse coach Greg Murrell walked to the scorers' table and jokingly asked out loud, "Did you think you'd be coming to a track meet?"

Indeed, yesterday's showdown between the No. 12 Hawks and No. 9 Towson was played at a relentless pace that featured 26 goals and seven lead changes. Both teams also came into the game undefeated, but two late goals by Claire Hubbard and Sarah Clemmens helped the Generals hang on for a 14-12 victory.

"We wanted it really bad because this was a game we had looked forward to all season," said Hubbard, who finished with a team-high four goals. "We were and they were undefeated and everybody has been talking about this game, so we just hustled the whole game and never gave up."

The game was tied eight times and neither team led by more than two goals. However, the difference might have been seven second-half turnovers by the Hawks that led to five goals for Towson (10-0).

Murrell credited Generals goalie Abby Buresh (seven saves) for coming up with some key stops to keep the Hawks (9-1) from tying the score at the end.

"They took advantage of the opportunities we gave them," Murrell said. "That is a good, solid team. They use lots of players and have lots of weapons. It was a good speed game for a while, but the difference was the turnovers. We have done a nice job in close games, but they got the better of us today."

Both teams showed good balance and depth as 11 players scored at least one goal in the game. Corey Donohoe led the Hawks with five goals and one assist, and Marley Welsh scored four goals.

"I expected it to be a close game because both teams are strong," Towson coach Kathy Brave said.

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