If you carry a webbed stick around the Towson High lacross field, there's only one way you'll be considered a success.
By winning the state title.
That's why Generals coach Randy Dase was pleased after yesterday's Class 2A-1A, Region III final against Loch Raven.
Host Towson scored the game's first eight goals and went on to an 18-3 win to advance to Saturday's Class 2A-1A state semifinals at UMBC for the fourth year in a row.
There, the Generals, who have an 11-0 record and 26 straight victories, will meet Oakland Mills -- a 17-8 winner over Mount Hebron in Tuesday's Region I final.
LTC Nearly a month after his team beat the Raiders, 22-3, Dase said he was afraid that the No. 6 Generals might overlook Loch Raven in the rematch.
"I told the kids that we have the toughest schedule in North America," said Dase. "We haven't really been challenged for 2 1/2 months, and now we have to raise our level of play for the playoffs.
"After you've beaten somebody by 20 goals, you're always concerned about coming out flat."
The Generals opened the game by scoring on their first five shots, and took an 8-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Controlling the game with crisp passing and a tenacious defense, they led by as much as 18-1 before Loch Raven scored the final two goals.
"They created everything they got," said Loch Raven coach Chuck Weitz, whose team ended its season at 8-4. "They're just much better than us."
Senior attack Barry Heddings led Towson by scoring seven goals -- all in the first three quarters. Desperately wanting to defend the team's state title, he said he and his teammates were in no mood for a letdown.
"Everybody knows what's at stake," said Heddings. "This is money ball. It's time to play. We did it last year, and I think we're quite capable of doing it again."
Other big offensive contributors were Michael Ford (four goals, three assists) and Spencer Ford (two goals, five assists). The Generals outshot the Raiders, 30-16.
Towson needs just two more wins to claim its second straight state title. After blowing past nearly every one of its Baltimore County opponents, the team's confidence level is high.
But not too high.
"I think we're a beatable team," said Heddings. "If we come out flat, we're in trouble. At our fullest potential, though, you're going to work pretty hard to beat us."