The Bel Air boys lacrosse team couldn't have celebrated its Senior Night any better Wednesday night.
The Bobcats scored in every quarter, while dominating possession, en route to a 10-5 win over previously unbeaten North Harford in a key UCBAC Chesapeake (upper) Division game.
The Bobcats can clinch the division crown Friday by beating Fallston, which will be celebrating its own Senior Night. Friday's game is set for 6:45 p.m.
"I'm just extremely proud of my guys tonight," Bobcats head coach Scoop Kelly said. "We can't celebrate because we have Fallston on Friday, cause Fallston is extremely tough. We'll be happy tonight and ready to go tomorrow."
The Bobcats (5-0 league, 8-2 overall), whose ball control was aided by a 12-7 edge in faceoffs, struck first less than a minute in on Parker Jones' only goal.
Connor Beil also scored his only goal in that first quarter with 9:00 left. Calvin Fleagle assisted the score, his first of four for the game.
North Harford finally answered when Andrew Kropkowski scored with 5:48 to play in quarter one.
Max Mullin scored just eight seconds later to even the score at 2 and Randy Foster's goal a couple minutes later gave the Hawks (4-1 league, 10-1 overall) their only lead.
Bel Air closed the quarter with goals from Carson Kalama and Tom Pfeiffer (three goals each) and then opened the second quarter with Pfeiffer and Anthony Sampayo scoring back-to-back goals for a 6-3 lead.
The lead was 6-4 at the half and 9-4 after three quarters as the Bobcats shut out the Hawks, 3-0, in that quarter. Both teams added a goal in the final quarter.
In addition to assisting on four scores, Fleagle also notched a goal for Bel Air, while Mullin finished with two goals for North Harford, who also got goals from Randy Foster and Brooks Billings.
Bel Air goalie Gavin Hanley made nine saves and North Harford keeper Cameron Brosh had 12.
"We got out-ground-balled, Bel Air was all over the ground balls and they controlled the ball offensively, which is what we wanted to do," Hawks head coach John Grubb said. "I think the faceoffs were a big part of it, they did a nice job on their faceoffs and they've got some nice ball players, no doubt about it, that's a nice team."
Cougars beat Indians
Fallston kept its title hopes alive as well Wednesday, beating visiting North East, 14-5, in Chesapeake Division play. The Cougars led 12-2 at half.
Jeremy Scranton paced the Cougars (4-1 league, 9-3 overall) with five goals and Kyle D'Onofrio scored two.
Keegan Teluk, Garrett Wolf, James Gleezen, Nick Baker, Chris Dunnigan, Kyle McKeever and Tyler Scott also scored for Fallston.
Marc Badger was busy dishing out six assists, while D'Onofrio, Tommy Kisielnicki and Steven Ernst each had one assist.
Fallston goalie Nick Buckler made five saves.
Huskies beat Warriors
Patterson Mill (1-4 league, 4-9 overall) earned its first Chesapeake win Wednesday, beating visiting Havre de Grace, 11-6.
Chase Tallon scored four goals to lead the Huskies, while Josh Wilson and Sam Caretti scored three goals each. Noah Holloway had a single goal for the Huskies.
Brendan Egan had five assists in the win and Wilson had two. Tallon also had an assist.
Brian Cameron was the lone Warrior with multiple goals, scoring twice. He also had one assist. Nick Burley and Casey Brown each had a goal and assist, while Ralph Batykefer and Donald Matts had single goals. Brad Davidson added one assist for Havre de Grace (1-5 league, 6-6 overall), which closed out its regular season.
Patterson Mill goalie Will Urban made eight saves and Havre de Grace keeper Jacob Laubner had nine.
Patterson Mill led at the half, 6-4.
Eagles beat Cobras
The Aberdeen boys lacrosse team picked up its ninth victorty Wednesday night, beating visiting Harford Tech, 11-8, in an UCBAC Susquehanna (lower) Division game.
Nine wins are the most in school history in a single season since the Aberdeen program began in 1977.
"The win gave this year's Aberdeen team the most victories in school history (nine) since lacrosse began at the school in 1977," Aberdeen head coach Hynso White said. "I am immensely proud of the boys' effort. All but a handful of them never picked up a lacrosse stick until they got to high school. They have worked tirelessly to close the gap."
Kyle Peters led the Eagles (6-1 league, 9-4 overall) with four goals and Justin Howard added three goals and two assists. Ethan Mauzy had a goal and assist, while single goals were netted by Blaise Curtis, Jon Jones and Ben Sanderson.
Freshman goalie Luke Whittie came up big with 17 saves.
In the loss, Tech (4-2 league, 5-5 overall) was led by Tyler Fullem's three goals and eight ground balls. Zack Valenti added two goals, four assists and six ground balls and Josh Winter had a goal and two ground balls.
Nate Haskell and James Butler also scored goals and Nick Letts had one assist.
Tech goalie Chris Stallings finished with 14 saves.