Patterson Mill cruises past Sparrows Point for repeat in Class 1A state boys lacrosse; Dyke scores record-setting 8 goals (VIDEO HERE!)

by Nelson Coffin

The last chance for a Baltimore County team to claim a boys state lacrosse title ended when Harford County’s Patterson Mill topped Sparrows Point, 14-3, Monday at Paint Branch High in the Class 1A state final.

Kevin Dyke scored a record eight goals to lead Patterson Mill to a second consecutive 1A Boys Lacrosse state championship.

The Pointers’ lack of experience of being on the classification’s biggest stage — it was the program’s first state title berth — showed at times, although they still made it a 4-2 game early in the second quarter when junior midfielder Tyler Crouse ripped in a shot.

From that point forward, though, Kevin Dyke took over by scoring five consecutive goals to give the Huskies (18-1 overall) a commanding 9-2 advantage early in the third period.

After that spree, Dyke (53 goals, 9 assists) joined by fellow senior midfielder Connor Madsen (57 and 26) in the 50-goal club this season, giving Patterson Mill a potent one-two punch complemented by senior attackman Chance Urban (42 and 32).

Dyke also set the 1A classification record for goals in a championship game after after adding three more scores to finish with eight tallies in his final high school game. He now supplants former University of Maryland standout Andrew Schwartzman, who totaled seven goals for Pikesville in the 2001 final, in the 1A record book.

“The amount of work that kid puts in is unbelievable,” Madsen said about his running mate on the first line. “If you could see the difference from his freshman yearX.”

Dyke said that he just happened to be in the right spots to launch his shots.

“My teammates did a great job of getting me the ball,” he said. “All credit to them. Sometimes I just feel it and sometimes my shots just fall.”

Moreover, Dyke edged Urban for most total points in a 1A championship game, besting his teammate’s two-goal, five-assist performance in last year’s 18-8 triumph over Smithsburg.

Give defenders Will Pape, Evan Ehly, Chris Blackwell and Jack Brown some serious credit as well for playing in front of senior starting goalie Justin Strawderman (9 saves) and reserve freshman Ethan Kroll (3), considering that Sparrows Point was held scoreless for more than 32 minutes before sophomore attackman Jeremy Smith ended the drought with two minutes, 25 seconds left in the final period.

“We had a couple of hiccups early,” said Ehly, a senior close defender. “But our offense helped us, too.”

Patterson Mill coach Jason Bellamy said that Sparrows Point did “a nice job of slowing the pace” of the game early with long possessions.

Bellamy added that the Pointers (9-7) also put long sticks on Madsen and Dyke while attempting to shut off Urban, causing the Huskies to be patient before they figured out how to attack those wrinkles in the defense.

Once a plan was formulated, Bellamy said that Patterson Mill’s superior speed and athleticism took over.

Plus, he lauded his defense for slipping in and out of a variety of zones to further confuse the Pointers.

Despite the loss, Sparrows Point coach Matthew Wickman said that he feels like the Pointers’ program is on the rise.

“From the onset this year, we wanted to play in a championship game,” Wickman said. “Maybe the occasion was a little too big for us at times, but we’re also missing one of our best players (Nick Wilson, injury) and our bench isn’t as deep. The wheels came off a little. But we’re only graduating one player, so we should be pretty good next year.”

SP 1 1 0 1 — 3
PM 3 5 3 3 — 14
Goals: SP-Jeremy Smith 2, Tyler Crouse; PM-Kevin Dyke 8, Connor Madsen 3, Chance Urban, Zac Haskell, Nick Repke.
Assists: SP-None; PM-Nick Repke, Chance Urban, Connor Madsen.
Saves: SP-Zachary Barnickel 13; PM-Justin Strawderman 5, Ethan Kroll 3.