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Howard County to Initiate Title Game

Wednesday, April 20, 2005; Page D07

Howard County basketball teams will play a league championship game beginning next season and use a different scheduling formula so teams can play more nonleague games, Mike Williams, the county's coordinator of athletics, said yesterday.

On the Tuesday before the start of the regional tournaments, the top two boys' and girls' teams will play for the county title, with the top teams hosting the games. Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties play similar games at the end of the regular season.

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Also, Howard schools will play 18 or 19 county basketball games next season instead of 20 -- the state limit outside of holiday tournaments -- allowing scheduling flexibility. Nine schools will play an 18-game league schedule and two will play 19 games. Glenelg and Howard were selected at random to play 19-game schedules next year.

Muñoz Leads DeMatha

DeMatha senior defender Matt Muñoz showed off his versatility in the third-ranked Stags' 7-4 lacrosse victory over No. 5 Georgetown Prep at Riverdale Park.

In addition to helping the DeMatha defense hold an opponent to fewer than seven goals for the sixth straight game, he played on the wing during faceoffs and, with less than two minutes to play in the first quarter, scored a demoralizing goal. Muñoz took the ball all the way from near his team's goal into Georgetown Prep territory and fired a shot into the cage.

"He's trying to be my leading scorer," DeMatha Coach Dick Long joked. "We leave him on the field on fast breaks, we leave him down low with the idea that maybe [the defense] will drop off of him."

DeMatha (7-2), which defeated Georgetown Prep (10-5) for the first time since 2001, has won seven consecutive games since starting 0-2.

Severna Park Rebounds

After stewing for three days following a 15-3 loss to McDonogh (Balt.) on Saturday, the sixth-ranked Severna Park boys' lacrosse team vented its aggression against No. 2 Broadneck last night, beating the Bruins, 15-7.

Senior attack Ben Hunt had two goals and six assists while his brother, sophomore Chris Hunt, scored a career-high five goals. The Falcons scored the first five goals of the game and goalie Mike Gvozden helped secure the lead by making 13 saves.

"We couldn't wait to play again after the McDonogh game," Gvozden said. "All we could think about was coming out here and dominating somebody. We wanted to make a statement." . . .

Senior midfielder Drew Colliatie scored 53 seconds into overtime to lift Flint Hill to a 12-11 victory over host St. James in a Mid-Atlantic Conference boys' lacrosse game. Colliatie finished with three goals and an assist and won 15 of 22 faceoffs for Flint Hill (6-1, 4-0).

"We were 0-6 in the league last year," fourth-year Flint Hill coach Mark St. Germain said. "We have eight seniors this year, [and] it makes all the difference."

Extra Points

Gonzaga senior Paul Johnson unofficially committed to play basketball for La Salle, Gonzaga Coach Steve Turner said. The 6-foot-6 small forward chose La Salle over George Mason and Pennsylvania. . . .

Junior left-hander Christian Schulz tossed a perfect game, striking out 14 in a 7-0 victory over Bishop Ireton in a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference baseball game. The Falcons improved to 9-5 with the win.

-- Jon Gallo, Jake Schaller, Eli Saslow, Tarik El-Bashir and Jon Goldberg

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