Franklin brought a 14-game winning streak into the Class 3A-2A South region final yesterday at Towson High, eager to avenge a one-goal loss to open the season.
But Towson proved yet again to be the better squad - seven goals better this time - in a come-from-behind 13-6 victory that earned the No. 14 Generals (15-1) a berth in the state semifinals against Northeast of Anne Arundel County on Saturday at Urbana of Frederick County.
Juniors Gordy Chapline, Tim Skeen and Colin Cook notched four goals and two assists apiece as the Generals erased a 4-2 deficit with a six-goal run.
"First game of the season we were two rusty teams. We weren't sure of ourselves," Chapline said. "But it all came together for us today. We showed we were a completely different team."
Skeen sparked the scoring spree 10 seconds before halftime after he converted a pass from Dan Decker, who won 14 of 21 faceoffs on the day.
Skeen and Chapline each had two goals and an assist during the run.
"[Franklin] had more desire in the first half and woke us up," said Towson coach Ben Ber- quist. "But I think they [the Indians] got a little tired in the second half after playing those two tough games against Catonsville and Hereford."
It took two days for Franklin to advance over Hereford, the 2003 2A-1A state champion. A thunderstorm on Tuesday night postponed the final 59 seconds of the semifinal to Wednesday with the score tied at 15. Mike Fielder's goal with 37 seconds left finally gave the Indians a 16-15 win.
Towson's man-down defense was as effective as its offense, comprising Eric Shea, Ryan Taguiding, Brandon Norris, Kyle Spedalere, Scott Steele and John Mark.
Behind it, goalie Peter Gentry made 11 saves, including three during extra-man situations for Franklin. Playing for a third straight day, Franklin (14-4) scored only three times in seven extra-man opportunities.
Three of the Indians' top scorers were contained yesterday, particularly Rob Clements, who had seven goals and three assists against Hereford but scored once against Towson.
Franklin teammate Mike Fielder, who had four goals and two assists Wednesday, had a goal and two assists against Towson. The Indians' Tom Montanye, who had two each in goals and assists against Hereford, scored once while being shadowed by Steele.
"There's some pressure playing for Towson," Mark said, "but the tradition of success pushes us in games like this."