L. Raven grabs 1st 2A-1A crown

Friant has 4 goals

Raiders end Rams' 35-game win streak

Loch Raven 10 Parkside 7

Boys lacrosse


Junior attackman Eric Friant blamed a late bus for Loch Raven's slow start in yesterday's Class 2A-1A boys lacrosse title game at UMBC Stadium, but once the Raiders got rolling, defending champion Parkside found them to be unstoppable.

Friant had four goals and two assists, Tim Homa and David Meninger added two goals and two assists, and goalkeeper Tom Kuntzman made 17 saves on the way to winning their program's first state title and ending a 35-game winning streak by the Rams, 10-7.

Danny Hunter had a goal and an assist for the Raiders (13-4). Loch Raven scored five of the first six goals for a 5-1 lead early in the third quarter. After a third quarter during which a combined 11 goals were scored, Loch Raven led by as many as 9-4 in the third quarter, and 9-6 entering the fourth.

Washington College-bound Mike Ruark had four goals for the Rams (17-1), who were 18-0 last season. Sixth-year Raiders coach Rob Persing said he scouted the Rams last Friday, when they overcame a 5-3 fourth-quarter deficit to edge South Carroll in four overtimes, 6-5.

"Our scouting report told us their goalie didn't like it when you shoot low, so we aimed at the hip or lower. But after waiting at school for almost an hour, we were kind of sluggish," said Friant, who had five goals and an assist in a semifinal rout of Havre de Grace. "Our chemistry offensively has been great lately, and it couldn't come at a better time."

Friant's unassisted goal made it 1-0 at 3:33 of the first quarter, after which Kuntzman made six close-range saves - often stretching his stick, body, doing the splits or whatever it took to maneuver into position.

"I was really seeing the ball today," said Kuntzman, who averaged 13 saves and 5.8 goals against entering the game. "Plus Thomas Moyer, Tom Nelson, Jeff Fultz and David Meninger - they all really stepped it up defensively."

The Raiders kept it going in the third quarter as Meninger fed Matt Chase before scoring a goal 40 seconds later. Parkside, of Wicomico County, got within 5-3, but the Raiders scored four of the next five goals.

"We run and gun just like Syracuse. We rose to the occasion," said Persing, a 1990 Syracuse graduate. "We had our down moments at times, but we caught fire and there was no stopping us."


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