Patterson improves to 10-0 after rallying to rout Mervo Victory clinches a tie for city 4A championship

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Patterson overcame an early two-goal deficit, including scoring on all six man-advantage situations, to become the school's first 10-0 boys lacrosse team with its 9-4 decision over visiting Mervo yesterday.

The win also secured at least a tie for the city 4A title for Patterson (8-0 league). Mervo dropped to 7-2 and 6-1. Patterson plays Northern on Monday.

The Mustangs, outshot 46-24 in the game, were coming off Tuesday's 11-2 loss to unbeaten 2A city champ Forest Park, which may have contributed to the Clippers' overconfidence and an early 2-0 first-period deficit.

"It shocked us. We didn't think they'd score so easily. But our defense tightened up," said coach Bob Eklund, whose mammoth defenders include Rahim Booth (6 feet 4, 230 pounds), George Hill (6-1, 260) and Pat Stafford (6-3, 275).

"They ran us a little bit early, but we switched to man-to-man to protect the crease," said Booth, giving credit to freshman keeper Curtis Drayton (10 saves). "Once our offense scored some points, Mervo's heads dropped."

The Clippers, who won 10 of 16 faceoffs, also wore down the Mustangs with their three-tier midfield, led by James Hagan (one goal, one assist).

Each team was penalized seven times, but six of Mervo's penalties came in the first. Scoring for Mervo were Aaron Brown (two goals), Kenny Brown and Scott Hermes, but the Mustangs went scoreless in the fourth period when Patterson had five penalties.

"We didn't execute like we should have in the second half, but my kids felt discouraged that the game hadn't been called evenly," said Mervo coach Martin Church.

After tying the game at 3 to end the first period, Patterson got two second-quarter goals from Tom Newell, and another from Tibby Bates (two goals) for a 6-3 halftime lead. Freshman Brian Hopson opened the second-half scoring with his second goal of the game, Patterson's sixth man-up goal.

The Clippers' best goal was a three-pass sequence from Booth-to-Rich Califano-to-James Sevison for an 8-3 lead. "We look for three passes and a shot. We run most city team in the ground that way," Newell said.

North Harford 12, Fallston 11: North Harford (7-5, 6-0), with Tom Staab and Nick Agostino controlling faceoffs (seven of eight) and Eric Barger leading an offensive barrage, rallied to stun Fallston (6-5, 4-2, in the 11-minute completion of their weather-suspended game of last Friday. Down 11-5 with eight minutes left, Barger scored four times and the Hawks ran off seven straight goals to earn the Harford County championship. Barger tied it with 1: 29 left and won it off a feed from Garson Beers 38 seconds later.

Pub Date: 5/03/96

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