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There's nothing relaxed about North-South lax

April 13, 2005|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

Who said the North Hagerstown-South Hagerstown rivalry applies only to football and basketball?

Those out on the turf at School Stadium playing boys lacrosse Tuesday night were just as intense and physical as their gridiron counterparts as each sought their first win of the season.

After 48 minutes, some of which resembled a hard-hitting football game, South Hagerstown (1-4) experienced the thrill of winning as it posted a 12-9 verdict over the Hubs (0-5).

Senior attacker Sean Marriner had four goals and three assists to lead the Rebels, while senior midfielders David West and Randy Ransier added three, and two goals, respectively.

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"This one felt really good because we haven't beaten (North) since my freshman year," said Marriner. "We started off well tonight and didn't get down on ourselves, which we've done in the past if we don't start well. We passed the ball well and I think that was the difference."

South held a two-goal advantage three different times only to see the Hubs rally to tie each time, the last with 7:50 to play when Phillip Johns scored from point-blank range.

South forged an 8-7 lead 10 seconds later when Marriner scored off the faceoff with a 20-foot shot. Sophomore Justin Hunter followed with a goal as he was hit being defended at 6:41 and Marriner added another goal at 6:17 for a 10-7 lead.

After North cut the lead to 10-9 on two goals by Drew Harman, Jeff Cooper and Mirramer each scored in the last three minutes to put the Rebels' win in the bag.

"The guys played with a purpose tonight," said South coach Andy Crouse. "There was much more scoring than I anticipated. North is always physical and it was a war."

Sophomore Seth Younker also scored a goal for South and senior goalie Brandon Carbaugh made 17 saves, nearly matched by North's Kevin Moats, who fended off 15 shots.

Midfielder James Idol led the North scoring with three goals. Attacker Matt Stowel added two and attacker Lucas Feight scored one goal.

n The girls took center stage in the opener of the doubleheader and North Hagerstown picked up its first win of the campaign with an 11-6 victory behind Ellie Psillas' four goals and Keri Snyder's three.

Becky Barnhart added a goal and an assist and Mal Geeseman, Chandra Grubbs and Lindsey Sullivan each scored for the Hubs, who received five saves in goal from Courtney Ward.

"We talked in practice about having a team effort and that's what we got tonight," said North coach Rick Aleshire. "We've played well in the four previous games. Snyder, Psillas and Barnhart all really stepped up for us."

Susan Gore had three goals and one assist and Melissa Cecil had three goals for the Rebels (0-6).

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