High School Boys

Big Shots: Mike Antinozzi, Fallston (Md.) 

by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online
Fallston (Md.) junior midfielder Mike Antinozzi has 22 goals in seven games for the Cougars, including six in a recent win over Harford County rival C.M. Wright.

WHO HE IS: Mike Antinozzi is a junior midfielder who plays for Fallston in Harford County, Md., (where Cal Ripken hails from). He's slowly matured into one of the area's top scoring threats and now leads the Cougars with 22 goals and three assists through just seven games. He's hoping to play lacrosse in college while going pre-med or studying aeronautical engineering.

WHAT HE DID: Antinozzi sparked Fallston to a 12-5 victory over county rival C.M. Wright earlier this week by scoring six goals and getting one assist. He got the game's first three goals and assisted on the next one -- all in the first quarter. The victory improved Fallston's record to 5-2 this season as the team heads into the meat of their Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference schedule.             

WHY WE NOTICED: Antinozzi now leads the Cougars in scoring this year. He's plays a big role in coach Ryan Arist's fast-paced offense. Fallston loves to run, attack and put pressure on other teams, but the Cougars need a few finishers --  Antinozzi is good at that. Arist said that the junior knows how to find the seams and get to the goal, something he did repeatedly in this game. That ability opens up scoring chances for other players and also and makes Fallston that much more dangerous.

WHAT HE SAID: "I was really nervous before the game. I get nervous before games, so I just wasn't sure. But when I stepped on the field, I just got this rush and started scoring, but it wasn't just me. Ryan Strasdauskas, Wade Baker, Andy Thrasher, Pat Mull and Brian White, they all worked hard, and I just moved off-ball and got the opportunities. Our offense, we like to run, and we had a lot of chances. It's not just based for one person to score. Everybody gets their chances, and this just happened to be [my] night. After I scored the first three goals of the game, I was feeling good. When I got the sixth, I was ecstatic. I've had nothing like that."

WHAT'S NEXT: Fallston will host the Fred Sheckell Tournament this weekend.

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