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South, Brunswick split lacrosse games

March 26, 2004|by BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

South Hagerstown's Lauren Cecil was feeling good. She was about to take the field for the Rebels' first lacrosse match under the lights, at home and on a beautiful spring Thursday evening.

Could things get any better?

You bet.

Cecil scored five straight goals for the Rebels - including the game winner with less than five minutes left - as South edged Brunswick 6-5 in an MVAL Antietam match at School Stadium.

"This is great," Cecil said. "We've been working really hard as a team to improve on offense. This was a team effort tonight, totally."

South Hagerstown's boys did not fare as well, stumbling to a veteran Brunswick team, 15-4.

Cecil scored three times in the first half, including a lazer blast from 15 feet with under a minute to play for a 4-3 lead as South (1-1) righted the ship after a blowout loss.

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The teams played evenly in the second half, with the Rebels hanging on.

"We are steadily improving," South coach Bruce Buhrman said. "We still have a way to go, especially on defense, but things are looking up for us."

Ashley Martz opened the scoring for the Rebels one minute in as she ripped a short shot into the lower left corner, beating Brunswick goalkeeper Kelly Hoopengardner.

The Railroaders tied the game two minutes later on ther first of Abbie Morris' two goals, and both Brunswick and South traded the lead until Cecil's last-minute goal before half.

Brunswick took the lead briefly on a bouncing goal in front of the crease by Lauren Blodgett, but Cecil's second goal tied the score for South 30 seconds later.

"We played up on offense tonight," Cecil said. "I thought we worked the ball well and looked for openings instead of shooting it right away."

"We worked on getting the ball behind the net and then looking for openings," Cecil added. "That seemed to really work well for us."

Cecil's last three scores, including the game-winner, were set up from behind the goal.

"Our defense hurt us a little," Buhrman said. "But, hey, this is a definite improvement over last year."

n In the boys match, the Railroaders built an 8-0 lead before Trump scored twice before halftime to bring the Rebels to within six, 8-2. Goals by David West and Luy Dun closed the gap to six entering the final period, but the Railroaders outshot the Rebels 11-1 in the final period, scoring five times.

"I think we are a little better team than we have been," Brunswick coach Karl Metzgar said. "We use to play football with a stick, but now these guys are finally showing some finesse."

For the most part, the Railroaders played a physical, quick-attack style of offense, getting the ball to open attackers on the wing and finding defensive mismatches in front of Rebels goalkeeper Brandon Carbaugh. Carbaugh faced 32 shots, but many were point blank just outside the crease.

"I'll tell you South's goalie is a good player," Metzgar said. "He faced some tough adversity in there and came away looking good."

"Brandon is a tough kid, that's why we brought him up," South coach Andy Crouse said. "We will be better. We have nowhere to go but up."

Brandon Thompson scored four goals for Brunswick.

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