No. 14 Towson boys top C. Milton Wright for Class 3A North Region lax title; Salsbury totals 14 saves in defeat for 17th-ranked Mustangs; Boudreau dominates face-off battle for Generals
by Nelson Coffin
Having played C. Milton Wright in a preseason scrimmage, the Towson boys lacrosse team’s confidence level going into the Class 3A North Region final on Wednesday against the No. 17 Mustangs (9-6) was commensurate with the positive results achieved in the March meeting.
With that aside, the 14th ranked Generals (12-4) had a slew of other reasons to feel good about themselves, given the way senior FOGO Mitch Boudreau has dominated in face-offs this spring.
He won 13-of-16 draws on Wednesday, giving a potent offense featuring seniors Mason Hickman, Leighton Bechdel, Justin Cote, Grant Kuehn, James Dugan, PJ Fenchak and Rory Bateman plenty of chances to score while Towson’s defense was also up to the task, especially senior long-stick Teagan Hersh, while producing a convincing 10-4 victory.
The win propels Towson into the state semifinal round for the second straight year under coach Shawn Burke. The Generals will meet the Northern-Calvert/City winner either Friday or Saturday at Mount Hebron High School.
“They (Wright) have a lot of young guys,” Burke said. “We played them in preseason, and did pretty well. I think that may have stuck in their heads a little bit, because they’re a better team than they showed today.”
Of particular interest to Towson was one of only six seniors on the Mustangs’ roster, attackman Fitz Brock, who Burke felt was the key to the visitors’ attack unit.
That’s why the coach assigned Hersh to guard Brock, who was shut out by the Generals’ top defender.
“We went up to watch them play, and he (Brock) had a great game,” Burke said. “We felt that if we could keep him under control, we would have a good chance to win.”
Hersh said that the idea was to “do what we always do and play team defense” against the Wright standout.
“I just tried to take away his left hand,” Hersh said. “And then I stood strong when he tried to back me down.”
Towson jumped out to a 4-0 lead on goals by Cote, Hickman, Dugan and Fenchak before sophomore midfielder Quinten Hatfield retaliated for the Mustangs with four minutes, 15 seconds remaining in the first half.
There could have been much more damage inflicted by the Generals had it not been for the fine play of sophomore goalie Jonathon Salsbury, who finished with a game-high 14 saves.
Things picked up for Towson after Bechtel scored two minutes later to give the Generals a 5-1 halftime advantage and then converted a feed from Kuehn early in the third quarter to make it 6-1.
The UCBAC Chesapeake Division champs then halved the deficit on back-to-back goals by junior midfielder Aiden Moran before Kuehn’s goal with two minutes to go in the third stopped the modest comeback bid with a goal.
Sophomore attackman Nick Domzalksi answered to help Wright keep it relatively close at 7-4 until Towson finished the game on the 3-0 run, thanks to a goal by Rory Bateman and two tallies by Dugan.
“I thought that when we did have the possession, we were pretty effective,” Wright coach Andrew Gerard said. “We’re excited about the future, so now e have to take our lumps and move on.”
Burke said that when the Generals claimed the North Region crown last year, they celebrated “like they just won the Super Bowl.”
This year us different, he said.
“We’re still excited,” Burke concluded. “But we have bigger goals in mind this year.”
CLASS 3A BOYS LACROSSE NORTH REGION FINAL
NO. 14 TOWSON 10, NO. 17 C. MILTON WRIGHT 4
CMW 0 1 3 0 — 4
THS 2 3 3 2 — 10
Goals: CMW-Aiden Moran 2, Quinten Hatfield, Nick Domzalski; THS-Mason Hickman 3, Leighton Bechdel 2, Justin Cote, Grant Kuehn, James Dugan, PJ Fenchak, Rory Bateman.
Assists: CMW-Nick Domzalski; T-Grant Kuehn 3, Evan Jones, Leighton Bechdel.
Saves: CMW-Jonathon Salsbury 14; THS-Wilson Turner 6.