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.
In the Cougars' win, Marc Badger had the big night, scoring three goals and assisting on three more. Kyle D'Onofrio and Wesley Rumple scored two goals apiece, while single goals were tallied by James Glezen and Jeremy Scranton. Glezen and Tommy Kisielnicki added assists.
Tom Pfeiffer paced Bel Air (8-3 overall) with three goals, while single goals were tallied by Parker Jones, Carson Kalama, Calvin Fleagle and Bradley Casale. Kalama also dished out two assists, while Casale and Fleagle had one assist each.
Fallston goalie Mark Wollenweber had a huge game, making 19 saves, and Bel Air goalie Gavin Hanley made six saves.
Hawks top Mustangs
In North Harford's win, Max Mullin scored six goals to highlight the Hawks scoring. Brooks Billings and Randy Foster each scored three goals and Andrew Siegel added two goals. The other Hawks goal was tallied by Andrew Kropkowski
Siegel also had two assists, while Mullin, Foster and Will Duley each had one assist.
Siegel led with seven ground balls and also won 15-of-23 faceoffs. Hawks goalie Cameron Brosh finished with seven saves.
CMW (3-3 league, 9-5 overall) stats were not available.
Huskies beat Indians
Patterson Mill closed out its season on a good note Friday, beating host North East, 14-4, in Chesapeake play. The Huskies (2-4 league, 5-9 overall) had the game under control by the half, leading 11-2.
Chase Tallon showed the way with three goals and an assist, while Michael Dinatale also scored three goals. Josh Wilson added two goals and three assists and Sam Caretti had two goals and two assists.
Patrick Springer scored two goals as well, while Noah Holloway had a goal and assist and David Brothers had one goal.
Patterson Mill goalie Will Urban made nine saves.
Cobras beat Tigers
Harford Tech visited Rising Sun Friday night and left with a hard fought victory. Rising Sun quickly jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter and Tech trailed 5-3 at the half.
The Cobras never gave up and came back to win the Susquehanna contest, 6-5.
Tyler Fullem led the scoring with three goals and one assist. Zack Valenti added two goals and an assist and broke the Tech scoring record of 112 goals in a career. Midfielder Greg Ransone had one goal and Nate Haskell added two assists, one being the game winner. Josh Winter and Griffin Pfarr also added assists.
Leading the defense for Tech was James Holcomb with four takeaways and three ground balls and Trevor Crehan with two takeaways and two ground balls. Chris Stallings came up big for the Cobras with 19 saves in the goal.
Cougars fall to Dulaney
In a Thursday make-up game, Dulaney visited Fallston and dealt the Cougars a 12-8 non-league loss. The Cougars trailed 6-4 at the half.
Kyle D'Onofrio, James Gleezen and Jeremy Scranton each scored two goals for Fallston, while Marc Badger and Kyle McKeever had a goal each.
Badger and D'Onofrio had two assists each, while Gleezen and Keegan Teluk had one each.
Keegan Colegrove and Rob Mathey led Dulaney with three goals apiece.
Fallston goalie Mark Wollenweber finished with seven saves.