Thrasher, No. 13 Fallston tops Bel Air in VSN/Fox 45 Game of Week

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Cougars senior nets nine goals, becomes new all-time scoring king (VIDEO HERE).
aScoring an incredible nine goals, Fallston High senior Andy Thrasher did more than just lead his Cougar teammates to a 21-6 boys’ lacrosse win over No. 18 Bel Air in Friday night’s VSN/Fox 45 Game of the Week.  

No, the scoring phenom did something that was four years in the making when he net his fourth goal of the night, breaking the former all-time scoring record (166) for Fallston, upping the feat to 171… and counting.

“It is amazing,” Thrasher said of breaking the record.  “It is a huge accomplishment, and I am just glad we came out with the win.

“I think just breaking it is a huge accomplishment, but we are really concentrating on winning a state championship.”

Thrasher net three goals in a five-goal first quarter for the Cougars, which Fallston used numerous fast breaks and quick clears to catch the Bobcats off-guard, and added three more goals before entering the locker room at halftime with an 11-4 lead.

Fallston’s defense, in addition to its offense constantly possessing the ball, kept Bel Air to just another two goals for the final 24 minutes, allowing one goal in each of the final quarters.

“We came in really motivated after last year and knew we had to play our game,” Fallston coach Matt Parks explained, referring to the Cougars’ 9-7 loss to the Bobcats last year.  “We had to do the right things, and most off all find the back of the net.  We shot the ball a lot last year but didn’t find the back of the net, and we took better chances and scored 21 goals.”

wIn all, seven Cougars contributed goals to the 21-goal night, including three-goal performances by Marc Badger and Jason Lawrence, and two-goal showings by Zach Wheeler and Greg Horsham.

“We moved the ball fast,” Thrasher said when accrediting the Fallston offense.  “We had a lot of fast breaks, and I think we were the fastest we have been all year.”

Brian White and Brenden Nolan added to the quickness of the Cougars, each posting one goal apiece, but White’s Friday night fame would not rest on his single goal act, especially when compared to Thrasher’s nine strikes in the game.  But Thrasher didn’t achieve his success alone.

White was incredibly unselfish on the Bel Air field, assisting in eight goals as he continuously dumped passes to prospective scorers, including four of Thrasher’s goals.

“We moved off-ball really quick, and on fast breaks, [Thrasher] would come across the crease to up top, and I would just feed him.”

As if passing Matt Bosse for the all-time scoring record wasn’t enough, the Essex Community College-bound Thrasher also tied former Cougar Matt Wade for the most goals scored in a single game.

But being the teammate that he is, Thrasher put up no fight when Parks pulled him towards the sideline in the middle of the fourth quarter, allowing the rest of his teammates to see time on the field.

“I just wanted a lot of players to play,” Thrasher said as he was pulled from the game in the midst of the fourth quarter.  “We are a team, and we were trying to get everyone the ball, so I wasn’t worried about a 10th goal.”

Bel Air’s successful shooters included Carson Kalama, netting two goals, and the other four goals coming by the sticks of Parker Jones, Justin Gayo, Jay Butler and Danny Rew, each scoring once.

a”We found out were some of our weaknesses are, and we saw two individuals show absolute courageousness in our goal,” Bel air coach Scoop Kelly said, looking at the positives in the Bobcats’ loss.  “If that’s not something everyone can take something from… I think that will be a lesson to build off of.”

Ben Scanga and Jacob Winternitz were dubbed the honor of filling in for the Bobcats’ currently suspended goalie, putting their inexperienced sticks against some of the UCBAC’s most lethal shooters, but both goalies show heart in their valiant efforts to guard the Bel Air net.

“It is unfortunate that it happened the way it did, but its not over,” Kelly said of Bel Air’s season.  “Playoff wise, we have one loss.  We got them last year at their place, they got us this year at our place, so we’ll look forward to round three.”

Fallston will wrap-up its regular season on Friday, playing the North Harford Hawks before heading to the regional playoffs.

“There are still some things that we can work on, and the guys know that,”  Parks said.  “Caleb [Abney] was great between the pipes, and if we can just bring it all in and keep doing the small things, we are going to be a pretty good team.”

Fallston 21, Bel Air 6

FAL   5   6   6   4  --  21
BA     2   2   1   1  --   6

Last Updated (Saturday, 30 April 2011 09:08)



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