When the Towson Generals led by five goals at the end of the first quarter, the Fallston Cougars looked deflated and beaten. But the heart of the team showed throughout the rest of the game, battling back to defeat their Baltimore County foes, 10-9, in boys’ lacrosse.
After tying the game in the third quarter and taking a brief lead, the Cougars again fell to a tied game with the Generals, 9-9, early in the fourth quarter thanks to a Stefan Holmes bounce shot, but the late-game heroics of Brian White would lead the Cougars off the field with the victory.
“We woke up and got our bus legs off even though it is a short ride to Towson,” Fallston coach Matt parks said. “We really controlled the face-offs today, and, when you have those possessions, you are able to calm down a bit on offense. Brian White and Andy Thrasher were able to take over the offense and get us some good looks.
With four minutes left in the game, the Cougars began their final assault on the General goal, and a long clear from the Fallston goalie made its way to White on the left side of the goal, dumping it into the goal for the win and White’s hat trick.
“We moved the ball very fast after the initial dodge,” White explained of the Cougar offense. “We would dish and dump to score goals.”
Fallston’s comeback started as early as the second quarter, out-scoring the Generals 4-1 in the quarter and tying together with five consecutive goal through the third.
“Everyone was going for the ball real hard, but I think we were getting good man-ball more than usual,” Marc Badger said, leading the team in ground balls. “We were getting down low and looking for the open man.”
The Cougars tied the Generals three minutes into the fourth quarter, and held leads at 8-7 and 9-7 before the team battled to a 9-9 tie with 10 minutes to play in the fourth. Much of the Towson defense was made by junior goalie Connor Skeen, making more than 16 saves against an aggressive Fallston offense.
“We came out really strong, and I told them at halftime that Fallston is a very strong team and won’t give up,” Towson coach Matt Clifford said. “A couple mishaps and we came up short, but we are just going to learn from this and move on.”
Towson’s next game comes against Eastern Tech, Wednesday, the same day Fallston takes on North Harford.
“We have to get off to good starts,” Parks said looking forward. “We have had a couple games this year, especially on Mondays, where we have put ourselves in some holes, and I am glad we are able to come back, but id much rather be at the lead at that point.
“Our guys are gamblers and they take chances, and hopefully that will pay off for us in the end. But we just have to keep getting better and it looks like the team is just going to keep improving.”
Fallston 10, Towson 9
FAL 1 4 5 1 — 10
TOW 6 1 1 1 — 9