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North boys, South girls finally win

April 26, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

Something had to give when the winless North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown boys and girls lacrosse teams faced off Tuesday.

The North boys and South girls gladly did the taking for their first victories of the season. The Hubs boys prevailed 12-2, while the Rebels girls came back from an early second-half deficit to win, 7-4.

North (1-5), which had been blown out every game this year, scored the first seven goals of the boys game.

"It feels nice to be on the other side, to get a breather on defense," Hubs defender Bob Bechtel said. "It was nice to see the offense get it together."

Lucas Feight led the Hubs' offensive explosion with five goals. He scored three in the first half as North jumped out to a 7-1 halftime lead.

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"Our teammates were just able to pass the ball and set us up with some good shots," Feight said. "It feels good to finally get a win after a hard year."

Kalish Day added three goals for the Hubs, while Alan Walker, Justin Vogel, Kyle Malcolm and Ian Porter each scored once. Matt Amalfitano had 14 saves.

"We definitely picked up our intensity. It's a rivalry game and everyone picks up their ability," Amalfitano said. "Hopefully this is just a small step in the right direction for future North high lacrosse teams."

Drew Burger scored both goals for South (0-6), which will have a chance to even the score with the Hubs (1-5) on May 4.

"It's not tough to lose when we don't go out and play like we can," said Rebels assistant coach John Thomas, who shared duties with head coach Andrew Crouse, who arrived late. "We were too worried about taking shots instead of playing."

The Rebels girls took plenty of shots against the Hubs, who racked up five yellow cards.

"I think we had more yellow cards tonight than we did in all of our other games," said North coach Carol Kreykenbohn-Barnhart. "It was a game that we wanted to win, but came up short."

South (1-6) looked to its captains to lead the way. Susan Gore and Carissa Kessler, two of four junior captains, combined to score five goals. Gore scored the game-tying goal in the second half and Kessler wrapped around the goal for an unassisted score to put the Rebels ahead 5-4 with 13:27 remaining.

"Susan is a very accomplished player. She plays all year and is a good team leader," said South coach Bruce Buhrman. "We have very good leaders on this team. All four captains are coming back, so we have a lot to look forward to."

Gore and Kessler each scored in the first half and North's Becky Barnhart matched them with a pair of unassisted goals to forge a 2-2 tie at halftime.

The Hubs (0-6) came out firing in the second half and scored two more goals in the first 3 1/2 minutes. Stephanie Jones scored on an assist from Barnhart and Jessica Schlosser followed with a goal to give the Hubs a 4-2 lead, leading Buhrman to call a timeout.

"We just needed to turn it around. We had to get our transitions and our passing working again," Gore said.

Amy Ransier scored just more than a minute after the timeout and the Rebels held North scoreless for the remainder of the game.

"Winning a game like this gives us a lot of buoyancy to face the last four games of the season," said Buhrman. "These teams are evenly matched and we knew it was going to be tough."

Aleah Kimmel also had a goal and Kaitlin Trump had 12 saves for the Rebels.

Erin Criswell had nine saves for North.

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