Thrasher's record-breaking night propels Fallston past Bel Air

Cougars star scores nine goals in 21-6 rout

  • Fallston goalie Caleb Abney makes the save on a shot by Bel Air's Danny Rew. The visiting Cougars won, 21-6.
Fallston goalie Caleb Abney makes the save on a shot by Bel Air's… (Baltimore Sun photo by Gene…)
April 29, 2011|By Mike Frainie, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Friday night's much-anticipated battle for Harford County lacrosse supremacy turned into a one man-show.

Fallston's Andy Thrasher set school records for most goals scored in a game and most career goals as the visiting and No. 11 Cougars (9-3) routed 12th-ranked Bel Air (10-2), 21-6, in a battle of county unbeatens.

Thrasher scored nine goals to break a school record held by Matt Wade in 2002. He also broke the record for career goals at Fallston with 170. The old record of 166 was set by Matt Bosse in 2001.

"They're our rival and they beat us last year, so beating them is always the most important thing," Thrasher said. "We worked on moving the ball fast and getting it down the field. This is the best we've done it all year."

The win ties Fallston with North Harford for the top spot in the league's Chesapeake Division, while Bel Air drops a game behind. The three teams all play each other next week.

"This is just like Harford County lacrosse," said Cougars coach Matt Parks. "This will go right down to the final week."

The Cougars wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, getting five of the first seven goals (including three from Thrasher) to take a 5-2 lead after the first quarter. Bel Air looked to mount some offense early in the second quarter, but Fallston goalie Caleb Abney made some key saves.

The Cougars scored the first four goals of the second half, three of them coming in a span of 2:14, to put the game out of reach at 9-2 with 6:46 left in the first half. Fallston extended the lead to 11-4 at the half, and the Cougars never looked back.

Parks credited the Fallston midfield and defense for the lopsided win.

"Our midfield is very talented, and they did a very good job of getting the ball up the field," Parks said. "Caleb made some great saves early on, and that also helped to set us up on offense."

As for Thrasher, he says that team goals are more important to him than records.

"We made it to the regional semifinals and lost to Hereford last year," Thrasher said. "We kind of felt like we had some unfinished business. Our goal is to be the state champs, and I think we took a step in that direction tonight."

Goals: F – Thrasher 9, Badger 3, Lawrence 3, Horsham 2, Wheeler 2, White, Nolan; BA – Kalama 2, Jones, Gayo, Butler, Rew. Assists: F- Badger. Saves: F – Abney 10; BA – Winternitz 3, Scanga 6. Half: F, 11-4.

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