Trailing by two goals heading into the fourth quarter of last night's Class 4A-3A North Regional semifinal, Fallston senior attackman Steve Mull simply took over.
Mull scored twice and assisted on two of the Cougars' final four goals, including a remarkable game-winning assist from on the ground in overtime, to give the visiting Fallston lacrosse team a riveting 9-8 overtime victory over top-seeded Westminster.
The No. 13-ranked Cougars (12-4) advanced to tonight's regional championship game and will next face C. Milton Wright, a 17-1 winner over Frederick.
"He said he wanted the ball at that point, and there's no question that I'm going to give it to him," said Fallston coach Matt Parks.
Westminster (14-2), which had its 11-game winning streak broken, won the faceoff and held possession for the opening 2:30 of overtime. The Owls managed two shots, but one went wide and the other was stopped at point-blank range by junior Fallston goalie Jeff Bisker (11 saves).
With 56 seconds remaining in the overtime session, Mull (two goals, three assists) was knocked down attempting to spin around a defender. From the turf, he found junior midfielder Adam Wade, who fired a shot past goalie J.C. Hutchins (seven saves) for the dramatic victory.
"That was awesome," Mull said. "It was just right timing I guess. Adam Wade was wide-open. He was in the right spot at the right time."
Westminster sophomore midfielder Matt Duke (three goals, two assists) scored off a pass from junior midfielder Brad Baer (two goals, two assists) with 48 seconds remaining to tie it at 8-8. And a split-second after time expired in regulation, Baer rifled a shot from the restraining line off the left post.