Raab, Fallston top Catonsville to win region

Cougars to face Northeast in state semis

Boys lacrosse

May 18, 2007|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter

Fallston junior Luke Raab called a six-goal loss to Hereford on May 7 "a smack in the face to say, `Hey, you're not the best squad in the world.' "

Since that humbling defeat, however, Raab and the 12th-ranked Cougars have played as if they're among Maryland's best public school teams.

Raab (three goals, two assists), sophomore Pat Mull (one, two), seniors Ben Hoganson (two goals) and Chad Palmer (one, one), and sophomore Ryan Strasdauskas (one, one) were the top scorers yesterday against visiting Catonsville (12-3) as Fallston (17-1) won its fourth straight game, 10-5, and its first Class 3A-2A North region crown after four consecutive title-game berths.

Fallston also received 11 saves from junior Brad Motley to earn a state semifinal matchup today at 6 p.m. with Northeast of Anne Arundel County at Howard County's Reservoir High.

"Northeast is physical, has good defense, two very good scorers and a ton of athletes," said coach Matt Parks, whose Cougars will look to reach their first state final since winning in 2001.

Fallston defender and fourth-year player Nelson Hannahs said: "Getting through the region means a lot. We can go all the way if we play to our potential."

Freshman Nikko Gurnsey (two goals), juniors Micah Powell (one, one) and Ben Cohee (two assists), and sophomore Alex Bragg (11 saves) led Catonsville, which reached the final by defeating Hereford, 8-7.

4A-3A East: No. 10 Severna Park 14, Annapolis 3 -- Eric Lusby (four goals, one assist), Randy Waugh (two, three), Jed Barnes (two goals), Jeff McGuire (two goals), Colby Rhodes (one, one) and Tommy Bryant (one, one) led the defending champion Falcons (16-2) to a berth in tomorrow's 2 p.m. state semifinal at Annapolis. The Falcons will meet Westminster (12-5) of Carroll County, which has lost to either Severna Park or Dulaney during each of the past four seasons. A win over Westminster would land the five-time Anne Arundel County champ in its sixth straight state title game and its seventh in the past eight years.

4A-3A North: No. 11 Dulaney 18, North County 7 -- Balanced scoring from Eric Keppeler (two goals, three assists), Spencer Martin (one, three), Jay Mann (three goals), Mike Colonell (three goals), Brad Ruzicka (two goals), Ben Yancheski (two goals) and Cody Lehrer (one, one) paced the Lions (14-4) into tonight's state semifinal at 8 at Annapolis. Dulaney will face repeat West region champion Wootton (17-0), which is trying to become Montgomery County's first state finalist after having lost to Severna Park last season. The 4A-3A crown has been won by Severna Park or Dulaney each of the past eight years, with the Lions being champs from 2000 through 2003, and in 2005. The Falcons won in 1999, 2004 and last year.

lem.satterfield@baltsun.com

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