C. Milton Wright held off the charging North Harford Hawks last night, 12-11, in a rough Harford County boys lacrosse game.
North Harford goalie Kevin Bandy left the game at the two-minute mark with a shoulder injury after being decked just outside of the crease.
He was replaced by Rob Smith.
The Mustangs were penalized for 9 minutes, 30 seconds. Each team was given a one-minute penalty for unnecessary roughness.
The Mustangs had a 12-8 lead with less than three minutes left in the game, when they were called for a one-minute penalty.
North Harford scored three quick man-down goals to cut the lead to 12-11.
North Harford's Shane Winberg and Adam Pitarra scored the first two goals at the 1:34 and 1:14 marks, respectively, and with 20 seconds remaining in the game, Pitarra scored again to bring his team to within one.
The Hawks' rally ended there, as C. M. Wright improved to 8-3 and the Hawks dropped to 6-5.
The Mustangs needed this win to stay in the hunt for the playoffs.
"They came back and kept pumping away," C. M. Wright coach Carl Greenberg said about the Hawks' late surge. He said his team's ability to ride well and adjust its clears, as well as its aggressiveness, was an important factor in the win.
The two teams battled closely throughout the game, with C. Milton Wright holding a 5-4 advantage at the half.
Corey Lambroff scored three of his four goals in the half for the Mustangs, and Jon Wright scored three times for the Hawks.
"We had plenty of opportunities in the beginning and didn't cash in," said North Harford coach John Grubb.
Dan Hurley had three goals and one assist for the Mustangs, who will meet Bel Air tomorrow for their final county game.