South girls, North boys conjure city rivalry magic for 1st wins

April 29, 2005|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

Birds of a feather really do flock together.

South Hagerstown's girls and North Hagerstown's boys lacrosse teams had goose eggs in their win columuns when Thursday's doubleheader started. By the end of the night, both had hatched their first wins.

South's girls battled for a 6-4 victory over the Hubs while North's boys broke through in a 10-4 win over the Rebels.

The victory was a welcome relief to South girls coach Bruce Buhrman.

"The girls did a wonderful job and executed very well," he said. "They have been getting better all season."

Sophomore Susan Gore scored three of the Rebels' six goals, while Carrissa Keller, Amy Ransier and Blake Wolfe added one each.


"When we spread it out a little bit, it shows that the offense is not centered around one person," Buhrman said. "Susan Gore did a great job with the draws and the ground balls. Most of her shots were right on target. She executed very well by getting into the proper position for her shots."

Jena Mannick made 11 saves in goal for the Rebels.

"(Mannick) had just been pressed into service," Buhrman said. "She has been goalkeeper previously for only half of a game. She came up with several good blocks. The defense did an excellent job."

Both teams are now 1-8.

In the boys game, North Hagerstown coach Tony Dyer was proud of the hard work his seniors have been giving him.

"I just want to thank the seniors for their dedication, especially Brian Schmitt," Dyer said. "He stepped up when he had to."

Goalkeeper Kevin Motz had 32 saves for the Hubs.

Senior Epi Johns scored three of his four goals in the first half to help North Hagerstown (1-9) build a 6-1 halftime lead.

"We'll say the defensive MVP was Brian Klitch and the offensive MVP was Epi Johns," Dyer said. "It's always good to get the first win out of the way. It's a good feeling. Our passes were on. The lacrosse force was with us. Our offense was very well prepared. The defense performed well and shut their offense down."

Rebels' goalkeeper Brandon Carbaugh finished with 16 saves. David West scored two of the Rebels' four goals.

"I think both teams definitely came to play," South Hagerstown coach Andrew Crouse said. "North came with a game that we have never seen before. We just couldn't get any kind of offensive flow going at all. We settled too much for shots that were too long."

The Hubs led 2-1 after the first quarter before unleashing a four-goal onslaught in the second quater to take the 6-1 halftime lead.

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