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Mt. Washington crushes Long Island for club title


If the Los Angeles Lakers of the mid-1980's played lacrosse, they'd undoubtedly do it in Mount Washington Lacrosse Club uniforms.

Last night, lacrosse's best version of "Showtime" was on display before a capacity crowd at Norris Field, as Mount Washington crushed Long Island/Hofstra, 20-11, to finish the season undefeated and capture its third United States Club Lacrosse Association title in the past five years.

On a team filled with stars, it was hard to figure out which one was the brightest for the Wolfpack last night.

It could have been goalie David Linthicum, who finished with 16 saves and was named the game's Most Valuable Player. At one point, the Towson State graduate held Long Island scoreless for a stretch of 32:41.

Or perhaps Todd Curry (Syracuse) who scored a game-high five goals and had two assists, or Mark Millon (Massachusetts) who finished with four goals and three assists.

Or maybe even former Towson State star John Blatchley (Loyola High) who reaffirmed his standing as one of the game's best feeders with five assists.

And how can you leave out former Syracuse greats Gary Gait and Tom Marechek, who each scored three goals?

"That's a great group of lacrosse players, that's for sure," said first- year Mount Washington coach Dennis Wey. "It's just a pleasure to watch them play.

"That was by far the best game we've played all year."

You won't get any arguments from Long Island.

The defending USCLA champions were thoroughly dominated by the Wolfpack, falling behind 6-2 by the end of the first quarter and trailing 12-2 at halftime.

The closest Long Island would come was 16-8 early in the fourth quarter, but three straight goals by Mount Washington pushed the Wolfpack lead back to 11 with 13:47 left in the game.

"We had a horrible performance against Philadelphia last week [a 20-18 win in the South Division title game], and we came out fired up," said Millon, who played for Long Island last season when the club won the USCLA title. "We wanted it and we got it."

Mark Millon's brother, Tony, who played at Towson State, led Long Island with two goals and an assist.

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