The North Harford boys lacrosse team nailed down its first Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championship Monday night in Havre de Grace.
The Hawks, aided by a 12-2 scoring advantage over the final three quarters, beat Rising Sun, 17-5, at James R. Harris Stadium.
"It's been a great year, the balls bounced our way," Hawks head coach John Grubb said.
It's the Hawks first UCBAC title since the league's inception, but it's 14th county title.
"It's our 14th overall, that's the way we look at it," Grubb said.
The good bounces started early and led to Max Mullin's first of a game-high five goals just 1:24 into the game. Mullin finished the quarter with three goals, leading North Harford to a 5-3 lead.
"This gives us a lot of confidence, it's a big confidence builder, just move on and advance, that's our motto and just play our best game," Mullin said.
The Hawks, 12-1 overall and champs of the Chesapeake (upper) Division, were able to pull away by outscoring the Susquehanna (lower) champion Tigers (10-3), 4-1 and 5-0 over quarters two and three, respectively.
Brett Hurley added three goals, while Brooks Billings and Kyle Six had two each. Single goals were scored by Andrew Siegel, Randy Foster, Evan Siegel, Collin Keating and Cole Knox.
Evan Siegel and Billings each added two assists, while single assists were credited to Andrew Siegel, Nolan Hood, Foster and Michael Green.
Rising Sun's scoring came from five different players - Brad Alexander, J.P. Prodoehl, Joey Hurm, Kohl Ford and Dale Dixon each scored goals. Dixon, Alexander and Matt Noel each had assists.
North Harford goalie Cameron Brosh had seven saves in three quarters of action, while Rising Sun keeper Taylor Saubier finished with eight saves.
North Harford outshot Rising Sun, 20-11, and held a 13-11 edge in faceoffs won.
"For a Monday, we're not a Monday team, but we'll take the win," Grubb said. "This team is pretty special. Any time you win a county championship or an UCBAC championship it's a special group of kids and there's 15 seniors on this team that I'm very fond of that have been with us for three years and working hard. They're going to have a fond spot in my memory."
Cougars beat Bobcats
The Bel Air boys lacrosse team needed a win at Fallston Friday night to lock up the UCBAC's Chesapeake Division title. Fallston had other ideas.
The Cougars (10-4 overall) overcame a 5-3 halftime deficit to beat the Bobcats, 9-7.
In Pylesville meanwhile, North Harford was knocking off C. Milton Wright, 15-11, to put itself back in the title hunt after losing in Bel Air last Wednesday night.
The Fallston and North Harford wins created a three-way tie atop the division standings, with Bel Air, Fallston and North Harford each posting 5-1 records and each having beaten the other.
According to UCBAC commissioner Bob Slagle, the tie-breaker to determine the division winne is the overall record, excluding tournaments. In that case, North Harford won the division with a 10-1 mark, while Fallston sits at 9-3 and Bel Air at 8-2.