The goal horn got quite the workout Saturday night.

After 137 shots and 52 goals, the South prevailed, 28-24, against the North in the highest-scoring Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic ever.

For 27 minutes, not much separated the two boys squads at Towson's Johnny Unitas Stadium. Back and forth they went, goal after goal.

The teams were tied at 4 through one quarter. They were even at 8 with four minutes remaining in the second quarter. Neither team had led by more than one.


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Then the South bombarded the North with six goals in four minutes, a game-seizing onslaught that held up to give the South the victory.

The South took the lead with 3:36 left in the first half on Maryland-bound Matt Rambo's second goal of the night. Twenty seconds later, Johns Hopkins-bound Wilkins Dismuke scored to make it 10-8.

With 1:31 remaining in the half, the South had an 11-8 lead. Forty-five seconds later, it struck again. Another pair of goals by Dismuke in the half's waning seconds sent the South to the locker room with a 14-8 lead and an event record for most goals in a quarter. The quarter's 14 combined goals also were a record.

The record didn't last long.

After the South stretched its lead to eight with a pair of goals to start the second half, the North countered with a dominant, lopsided stretch of its own.

Seven unanswered goals later; the North had narrowed the gap to just one.

"In lacrosse, there are a lot of runs, just like in basketball, so we knew if we stuck with it, it was going to come back to us," North attackman Tim Rotanz (Maryland) said.

The South went nearly eight minutes without a goal, but ended the drought in time to maintain the lead. The South took a 20-17 lead into the game's final quarter after a record 15 goals in the third quarter.

The North twice pulled to within one goal but never netted the equalizer, giving the South three consecutive victories in the event.

"I thought we put them away, but there were good players all over the field tonight, so it wasn't too surprising since it's a game of streaks," Dismuke said.

So what changed?

"No one wants to get embarrassed out here, and that's what kind of was happening," North goalie Danny Fowler (Duke) said. "I think everyone kind of manned up a little bit and we started playing well."

But the North's hole was too deep.

The South's lead had dwindled to one with less than five minutes to go when Rambo tallied his fifth goal of the night, tying the game's record.

Seconds later, he struck again to break the record, stretching the lead to three.

Two goals later, with eight in all, Rambo had run away with the game's Most Valuable Player honors.

Denver-bound Zach Miller led the North with five goals. Rotanz added four goals for the South.

Dismuke was the South's second-leading scorer, finishing with four goals.

It was a night Rambo will never forget.

"Top-three lacrosse memory," Rambo said. "It was awesome."

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