C. Milton Wright's Stephen Kelley drives toward the goal as Patterson Mill's Jack Brown keeps the pressure on during Wednesday night's game at C. Milton Wright. Kelley scored three goals in the game.
C. Milton Wright's Stephen Kelley drives toward the goal as Patterson Mill's Jack Brown keeps the pressure on during Wednesday night's game at C. Milton Wright. Kelley scored three goals in the game. (MATT BUTTON / AEGIS STAFF / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

The C. Milton Wright boys lacrosse team all but locked up the UCBAC Chesapeake Division title Wednesday and in the process, celebrated its seniors; 12 current players and another, James 'Tyler' Pope, a teammate who died in a car crash last August.

The Mustangs (4-0, 6-4) shook off a slow start to beat visiting Patterson Mill (3-1, 6-5), 14-9. The Mustangs will need a win at Havre de Grace on Friday or at Rising Sun on Wednesday to lock up the title for good.

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"They [Patterson Mill] came out strong and we kind of expected them to come out strong," Mustangs coach Andrew Gerard said. "They battled well at the beginning and it took us a while to adjust to their zone and what they were doing offensively. I was a little worried there in the first quarter, just that we're going to respond, but the kids responded well."

The Mustangs actually opened the scoring and in just 10 seconds. Ryan Messer scored the first of three goals on the night, but the Huskies came back with a pair of goals just 25 seconds apart to take a 2-1 lead.

Chance Urban netted the first and defender Jakob Lowery added the second, despite possessing the long stick.

Nick Repke, who had three goals, pushed the Huskies lead to 3-1 early in the second quarter with assist from Evan Ehly.

CMW responded and in a big way, scoring five unanswered goals to go ahead for good. Zach Heiderman started the string of goals and Messer followed with his final two. The second coming just a few seconds after Messer had finished serving a penalty for unsportsmanlike actions that followed the previous goal.

Brent Moody added a goal with assist from Fitz Brock to push the Mustangs lead to 5-3, but Repke's second goal of the quarter, assisted by Urban, kept it close.

The team's then traded goals to end the half. CMW senior Stephen Kelley scored with his team a man down and Blake Tallon scored for Patterson Mill with 3.9 seconds left in the half.

Leading 6-5 at the half, CMW went on a 5-0 run in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. Kelley opened the scoring in a man-up situation and Jack Moody added a back hand, under hand shot and goal. Brent Moody and Heiderman then added their second goals, respectively, and J.D. Guilbault, the Mustangs face off specialist, closed the run with a face off win and goal.

"It was tight going in at halftime, 6-5, and we had a halftime speech that really got us going," Kelley said. "We just turned it on the second half and just let everything fly. It was all working out."

Patterson Mill's Connor Madsen ended the Huskies scoring drought with his lone goal of the night late in the quarter.

The Mustangs added two more, a goal each for Kelley and Brock, to start the final quarter.

Tallon picked up a loose ball and scored for the Huskies and Repke added his final goal with 4:21 left to play and the Huskies trailed, 13-8.

Keith Poyer scored the final CMW goal, with Nick Atkinson and Jake Hofmann creating the opportunity.

Tallon, with his third goal, ended the scoring with 00.6 left on the clock.

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"I'm really proud of our guys and their effort. They played with class, they played hard," Huskies coach Jason Bellamy said. "We don't have as many guys as they do, they run all field and it caught up to us in the second half, still proud of our guys."

CMW goalie Kyle Hilbourn finished with five saves, while Huskies keeper Justin Strawderman made seven saves.

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