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South girls, North boys sweep rivals

May 04, 2007|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

The North and South Hagerstown lacrosse teams experienced a bit of deja vu Thursday night at School Stadium.

For the second time in six days, the city rivals split a doubleheader - the Rebels' girls swept the season series with a 10-5 win, as did North's boys, who followed with a 6-3 victory.

The Hubs' boys scored four goals in less than six minutes spanning the second and third quarters. North scored twice in a four-second period in the final minute before halftime.

"We saw a weakness," said Hubs coach Richard Pryzwarty. "We tried something new and it worked out good. It's a tribute to how these guys are coming along when it comes to playing good lacrosse."

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Kalvin Day scored on an assist from Colin Lodter with four minutes remaining in the half to give North a 3-2 lead. The Hubs (2-8) remained in control as Alex Rauch scored with 16 seconds left. North won the ensuing faceoff and Lodter scored with 12 seconds left for a 5-2 advantage.

Nick Rauch scored the sixth and final goal for the Hubs with 10 1/2 minutes remaining in the third quarter.

"We always look to score," Pryzwarty said. "We were cutting and passing tonight and it opened some things up for us."

The Hubs beat South 8-3 last Saturday in what the coaches described as an emotional, physical game.

"With an inner-city rival, there's going to be a lot of emotion, like there was (Saturday)," Pryzwarty said. "This game was more of a lacrosse game. It's a good sign for lacrosse within the city."

Day and Nick Rauch each finished with two goals and Matt Amalfitano had 10 saves for the Hubs.

Nick Benner, Hunter Branham and Joey Hunter scored for the Rebels (0-10). Dean Branham had 10 saves.

In the girls game, South showcased its variety as eight players scored at least one goal. Carrissa Kesler and Brittany Jones each had two goals, while Susan Gore, Kimmie Adams, Aleah Kimmel, Jena Mannick, Brittany Jones and Sarah Burgan each had one.

"Every midfielder and attacker scored a goal," said Rebels coach Bruce Buhrman. "Typically, we don't get that many opportunities and most of our goals are scored by two or three players. Tonight, it was spread out, and that's a good thing."

The Hubs (1-8) struck first when Jess Schlosser scored unassisted for a 1-0 lead. The Rebels (3-8) answered with goals by Gore, Kesler and Mannick for a 3-1 advantage.

Jackie Keller pulled the Hubs to within 3-2 with 10 minutes left in the first half, but the Rebels responded once again with three straight goals to forge a 6-2 lead at halftime.

"We thought we were still in it," said North coach Sarah Mason. "In order to win, we would have to show more heart and desire. There were spurts of it, but we just couldn't capitalize at the right times."

The Hubs saw a flash of it when Ashley Binau scored just over a minute into the second half to cut the gap to 6-3. But as they had done twice before, the Rebels fired back when Mannick found Jones for a goal to up the lead to 7-3.

The teams traded goals until Jones scored on another Mannick assist with 21 seconds left to end the scoring at 10-5 and give the Rebels the season sweep.

"On Saturday, we held the ball a great deal against (North)," Buhrman said. "We knew they weren't going to let us do that again, so we had to be a little more aggressive."

Schlosser and Keller each finished with two goals for the Hubs.

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