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Nobody wins (yet) - Hubs, Titans left in dark

March 26, 2004|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

For one quarter of three quarters the North Hagerstown looked like a whole lacrosse team.

The Hubs dominated the third period to take control of a match that is marked in the win column with erasable ink, for now.

North holds a 7-6 lead over Tuscarora in a match which was called by darkness with 10:21 remaining on Wednesday. The Hubs held a three-goal lead heading into the fourth quarter only to have the Titans score two goals in the dusky conditions.

Officials called the game after conferring with the two goalkeepers, who admitted they couldn't see the ball any longer. The game was suspended because 80 percent of the match was not complete.

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The match will be resumed at a later date, which will be chosen by the two schools' athletic directors and the scheduler of officials.

"We aren't happy about it, but I can understand why," North coach Tony Dyer said. "Our defense was great and (goalie Kevin Moats) is my MVP."

The Hubs made their task tougher than they needed with numerous penalties, which left them playing shorthanded for 11 1/2 of the 33:39 played.

North held a 5-4 lead at the half and seized control right from the second-half face-off.

James Idol picked up the loose ball and charged alone at the Tuscarora net, firing past goalkeeper Mike Clementson for a two-goal lead.

Dru Harmon came up with a loose ball and made a similar successful rush to score as the third-period buzzer sounded to give North a three-goal lead.

In the middle, Moats - who started the second half in place of David Broadwater - blanked the goal against an onslaught of Tuscarora shots, most while the Hubs were playing shorthanded.

Tuscarora scored twice in the opening 1:39 of the fourth period on goals by Chris Leizear and Pat Greene, right before the game was suspended.

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