Time runs out on C.M. Wright

Shot waved off at horn in 11-10 loss to Wootton

May 21, 2010|By Todd Karpovich, Special to The Baltimore Sun

With his team trailing by a goal as the final seconds ticked down in Friday night's Class 4A-3A state semifinals at Arundel, C. Milton Wright's Scott Showalter picked up a loose ball and fired a shot past Wootton goalie Bobby Riso as the final horn erupted.

The referee, however, waved off the goal, saying the shot did not beat the clock, and the Patriots held on for an 11-10 victory. The scrappy play of C. Milton Wright helped pave the way for the strong playoff run, but the Mustangs fell just short of reaching the state finals for the first time in program history.

"Defensively, it was probably one of our best games against a pretty strong offense," C. Milton Wright coach Andrew Gerard said. "We took advantage of the opportunities we had, but we lost to a better team tonight. Our kids have a lot of heart and a lot of determination. They never quit all the way through. We battled back right to the final whistle."

Evan Farkas led C. Milton Wright (12-6) with three goals, while Showalter and Matt McNeely each had two. Jeff Zifrony and Tim Lenardo had three goals apiece for Wootton. The Patriots (13-2), ranked ninth in The Washington Post poll, are looking to become the first team from Montgomery County to win a state championship in boys lacrosse.

"We rode them hard, got the ball back, and time just ran out," said McNeely, who will play basketball at York next season. "Our season did not go as well as planned, but our postseason was phenomenal. It was better than anyone ever expected."

No. 8 Severna Park 14, Thomas Johnson 2: Eighth-ranked Severna Park steamrolled its way into the Class 4A-3A state championship by dominating Thomas Johnson at Arundel.

Severna Park (18-0) jumped on the Patriots early, building an eight-goal lead midway through the second quarter. Scotty Steele had four goals for the Falcons, who are shooting for their first state championship since back-to-back titles in 2006-2007. Severna Park plays Wootton for the title Tuesday or Wednesday at UMBC.

"We just kind of moved the ball around and did a good job cutting on the crease. It really worked well," Steele said.

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