During the regular season, the Friends Quakers dominated Park, beating the Bruins twice by a total of 25 goals.
So, leading by just two at halftime of yesterday's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference semifinal at Johns Hopkins University's Homewood Field, the 10th-ranked Quakers did what they could to pinch themselves back to reality.
"We had to wake up," said attackman Guy Furman. "I think we forgot that if we lost this we weren't going on."
The defending B Conference champions quickly regained their form, scoring seven straight goals during a 10-minute span in the third quarter to turn a close game into a rout, and went on for an easy 12-2 win.
Friends (11-1) advances to tomorrow night's championship game at Homewood Field against either John Carroll or Archbishop Curley, who meet today at 3: 45. The Quakers have already beaten both teams twice this season.
To make it that far, however, they first had to shrug off the upset-minded Bruins (8-7), who went into halftime trailing just 3-1.
"I just think we were forcing it a little bit and their goalie [Jeremy Lichtig] was doing a terrific job," said Friends coach Jon Garman, whose team was 3-for-19 shooting in the half.
"It just took us a while to get our feet under us. I think it was just us a matter of us working out the rust, solving their goalie a little bit and getting the faceoffs a little more consistently."
The Quakers, whose only loss of the year came in overtime to A Conference power Mount St. Joseph, began to shorten their passes in an effort to counteract the slippery footing, and soon were off to the races.
Led by Furman (five goals, one assist) and attackman Jamie Hubbard (four, one), Friends began to score at will in the third quarter, building a 10-1 lead.
"They're a much better club than we are," said Park coach Lucky Malonee. "I was very happy with the way we played in the first half, but I was disappointed we couldn't sustain it, particularly in the third quarter."
Malonee had hoped a sloppy field would give his team a needed advantage, helping counteract the Quakers' speed.
But when the decision was made to move the game to the artificial turf at Hopkins Tuesday morning, in lieu of the unplayable field at Friends, he knew his team had lost the edge.
"As soon as we moved here, we lost any weather advantage we might have had," said Malonee, who added that the chance to play at Hopkins more than made up for it.
Now, the task for Friends is attempting to repeat as champions.
"We're definitely motivated," said Furman. "In the locker room we always get this chant going: 'Who's the champs? We are,' and we're psyched about that. We've got a lot of veterans on the team who are really looking forward to doing it again."
Goals: P--Vogelhut, Gilden; F--Furman 5, Hubbard 4, Valle, Malin, Condlin. Assists: F--Furman, Hubbard, Valle, Malin, Martin. Saves: P--Lichtig 9, Rodowsky 1; F--Sussman 3. Half: F, 3-1.
Dulaney 15, Perry Hall 1: Camille Fesche scored six goals and Shannon Gallup added four to help the Lions advance to today's Class 3A/4A South region final (3: 45) at Parkville.
Goals: D--Fesche 6, Gallup 4, Sneeringer 2, L.Wittelsberger 2, Rupprecht 1; PH--H.McCaffery 3, Daran 3, McCaffery 3, Lauenstein, Cocoros. Assists: D--Gallup, L.Wittelsberger; PH--Lauenstein, McCaffery, Cocoros. Saves: D--Stringer 6; PH--Chase 10. Half: D, 13-5.
Pub Date: 5/13/98