Scoop Kelly graduated from Fallston, but he spent the last nine seasons coaching Bel Air boys lacrosse.
So, when the Bobcats hosted the Cougars on Friday, the teams played in memory of the former coach, who died suddenly in February.
No. 12 Bel Air did its best to honor that memory. Senior attackman Calvin Fleagle scored four goals to lead the Bobcats past Fallston, 7-4, in an Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference Chesapeake Division game.
"This game always meant extra to him," Bel Air head coach Chuck Muir said.
Said Fleagle: "We were all out here for Scoop, for sure."
Brad Casale got the Bobcats (3-1 overall, 2-0 league) on the scoreboard a little more than a minute into the game, shooting high past Cougars goalie Liam Wilcox.
Fleagle's first goal came nearly five minutes later when he snagged an errant pass from Wilcox some 10 yards out from the Fallston goal.
"I was looking at him, I was trying to act like I was playing my man, but I was watching him the whole time," Fleagle said. "I just stepped in and, luckily, I caught it and made a nice play."
Fleagle also scored the Bobcats' third goal, 1:45 into the second quarter. Joe Creaghan ran a ball from midfield after a turnover and tossed it to Fleagle, who finished. That combination worked two more times in the game.
Fallston, which had its troubles offensively, especially early, finally got on the scoreboard with 37.9 seconds left in the half when Wesley Rumple scored unassisted.
"Absolutely," Cougars head coach Matt Parks said referencing the Cougars offensive woes.
"Their goalie had a really great day, and I don't think we shot the ball particularly well, but he was also a big part of that," Fallston coach Matt Parks said.
Bel Air goalie Gavin Hanley finished with 13 saves. Wilcox had 10 saves.
The Bobcats led 3-1 at the half and led 7-2 with 4:24 to play.
Then, Fallston's Ben Claffee scored off an assist from Rumple and Claffee was fouled.
The Cougars (2-1 overall, 0-1 league) mustered a goal from the two-minute, non-release penalty, but would get no closer.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun