Like an ice cream cone with two scoops, C. Milton Wright hosted a double-dip of lacrosse Thursday night with Fallston visiting in girls and boys UCBAC Chesapeake Division play.
Host CMW earned a sweep, winning the girls game, 14-4. The CMW boys followed with an 12-6 win.
The loss for the Fallston boys was the second this season. It has been more than 20 years since Fallston dropped two games against Harford County opponents. It last happened in 1997.
In the CMW girls win, the Mustangs (3-1, 5-3) had a 6-1 lead before the game was eight minutes old.
The Mustangs scored the first four. Aubrey Hoover opened the scoring off a free position shot 1:31 in. Jordan Landsman added her first goal less than a minute later and Moriah Snyder followed with a pair of free position shot goals :42 apart for the 4-0 lead.
Sarah Dudick snapped the CMW run with her lone goal, but the Mustangs, who dominated draw play and possession, reeled off the next two, forcing Cougars head coach Mike McTeague to use a timeout.
Taylor Marchetti and Hoover (three goals) scored the CMW goals. “We knew it would be important to come out strong against Fallston (3-1, 6-4) because we know they’re a good team,” Hoover said. “We just wanted to push the pace and keep scoring and just keep being clean on everything that we did the whole game.”
The timeout worked for the Cougars, who scored consecutive goals to cut the CMW lead in half. Lindsay Howard scored at the 13:56 mark and Logan Ward followed with 12:07 left in the half.
CMW, though, closed the half on a 3-0 run. Jillian Baldwin’s only goal started the run, while Marchetti and Snyder (three goals) added free position shot goals, giving the Mustangs a 9-3 lead at the half.
I didn’t get any better for the Cougars in the second half. The Mustangs grabbed the opening draw and :56 in, Hoover scored her final goal on a free position shot.
Just :23 later, Landsman, who also scored three goals, scored to push the lead to 11-3.
“The’re an excellent team, last year we were an excellent team and they still handled us pretty well because of that center circle,” Cougars coach McTeague said. “They do an excellent job on the draw and so, they possess the ball a lot.”
Fallston’s last goal, scored by Kelly Emge, came with 18:08 left. CMW then closed the game on another three-goal spurt.
Laura Will scored her only goal and Landsman added her final goal. Haley Cummins netted the final CMW goal with 4:57 to play.
“I think it’s working together as a team and making sure that we’re connecting and talking, working well transitioning the ball and definitely moving the ball, passing and cutting and getting those looks,” Mustangs coach Linda Frank said.
Mustangs goalie Caitlin Haren made nine saves, as did Fallston goalie Lauren Grabanski.
CMW boys win
In the CMW boys win, senior attack Ryan Messer scored four times to lead the win. “Ever since freshman year, we haven’t beat Fallston, so to come out my senior year and to make a new era for the C. Milton Wright name, it feels amazing,” Messer said. “Fallston was the one that we wanted this year, not only for myself, but the entire team.”
It was Messer’s first goal that put the Mustangs on the scoreboard, but it came after Fallston’s Corey Reed scored on a man-up situation just three minutes in. Messer grabbed the ball off a previous shot that found the pipe and fired it in.
Keith Poyer added a goal with 1:39 left in the opening quarter to give the Mustangs a 2-1 lead.
The Mustangs (3-0, 5-3) also scored twice in the second quarter, while shutting the Cougars out. Nick Atkinson and Fitz Brock (one assist) scored the goals.
Scoring picked up for the Cougars (3-2, 6-4) in the third quarter. The Cougars scored four times, but they couldn’t make up any ground as CMW scored four as well.
Cal Wilcox scored the first Fallston goal, but it was countered with Messer’s second goal. Reed then added his second goal for the Cougars, but it, too, was answered in a big way.
Zach Heiderman scored back-to-back goals and Ryan Poholski added one and the lead was five, 8-3. with a minute left in the third quarter.
Fallston climbed back into the game with two last minute goals to end the quarter. Andrew Taylor, a defender, and Jared Yarworth, did the honors.
CMW, however, outscored Fallston, 4-1, in the final quarter to pull away for the win. Messer added his final two goals and Stephen Kelley scored two as well, including the final goal with just seven seconds left to play.
Ben Fox scored Fallston’s final goal.
“They’re just so athletic and they’re always so athletic, but usually we can make up for it by being more disciplined and not making as many turnovers as we did,” Cougars coach Matt Parks said. “I think that was the key, it was a lot of what we did and not a lot of what they did. They did what they normally do, but when you’re throwing the ball away, giving away possessions that you worked hard to get and you’re not getting the opportunities to score, it’s going to end up that way.”
Heiderman added three assists in the win, while Kelley and Jake Hofmann had one assist each.
Mustangs goalie Kye Hilbourn made two saves before leaving in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury. Replacement keeper, Colin Gardiner, had four saves.
Fallston goalie Scott Olin made five saves.
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