You'd think a seven-goal lead would be safe.
That's what the Fallston boys lacrosse team had against Bel Air last night at halftime, but after a few Bobcats goals in the third quarter, and with momentum firmly on Bel Air's side, even No. 14 Fallston was skeptical that its lead would hold up.
"I knew halftime was going to be a killer for the momentum; it usually is," Cougars attackman Luke Raab said. "There's always that shadow of a doubt that something bad could happen."
Bel Air, playing on its senior night, fought back, cutting the lead to four going into the fourth quarter, but Fallston held on for a 9-6 victory. The win keeps the Cougars (8-1) undefeated in Harford County at 3-0.
Fallston was up 8-1 at halftime, but Bel Air (3-3, 2-1) was aggressive in the second half, controlling possession and taking goods shots. Mitch Poole scored two unassisted goals by juking and beating defenders by himself. The Bobcats also got goals from Chris Springer and Matt Shetz to cut the lead to 9-5 going into the fourth.
"I think we were just making some fundamental mistakes and they had some second chances," Fallston coach Ryan Arist said. Those mistakes stopped in the fourth quarter. Fallston had the ball for the first 2 1/2 minutes of the quarter, milking the clock and holding on for the victory.
"We needed to pick it up," said Raab, who finished with three goals and three assists. "We had a nice, comfortable lead though, so I knew worst comes to worst we could pull it out in the end."
Fallston played well in the first half, and the game looked to be a blowout.
Raab scored just 47 seconds into the game and opened the floodgates. Patrick Mull (one goal, three assists) scored for a 2-0 lead. After a Bel Air goal by Tom Lurie (one goal, two assists), freshman attackman Andy Thrasher scored twice in a 30-second span.
With 2:20 left, Poole had the ball and Raab hit his stick. Poole dropped the ball, Raab scooped it and scored for a 5-1 lead after one quarter.
Raab's wasn't done, as he scored on a behind-the-back shot a minute into the second quarter. Thrasher scored two more in the second, giving him a game-high four goals.