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Hubs stick to it in sweep

April 25, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

Alex Rauch, Morgan McLeod and Erin Criswell provided the scoring punch Thursday as North Hagerstown swept cross-city rival South Hagerstown in a lacrosse doubleheader at School Stadium.

Rauch scored four goals -- his first tallies of the entire season -- as the North boys gained a hard-earned 7-4 win over South.

Meanwhile, McLeod and Criswell had three goals apiece as the North girls captured a convincing 14-3 victory over South.

In the boys game, South jumped to a 1-0 advantage on Yannich Mundy's goal in the opening minute but North's Mitchell Sirface matched it minutes later.

Rauch and Mundy exchanged goals in the second quarter but then Rauch -- and Rauch -- took over in the third quarter.

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After his brother Nick scored the go-ahead goal, Alex posted three consecutive scores to swing the game into North's favor.

"We moved the ball, I was in good position, the right place at the right time," Alex Rauch said. "It was a tough game but we came through in the second half. It was a special win."

North coach Rich Przywarty was pleased with Rauch's effort and wasn't surprised by the closeness of the game.

"We're cross-city rivals and a game like this is full of emotion," Przywarty said. "I thought this was a quality win. I saw some good things out there but we still have work to do."

Concerning the effort of Alex Rauch, Przywarty added, "We moved Alex around in the (offensive) rotation and he had some looks at the goal. He came through for us."

South's Hunter Phillips and Hunter Branham added the other two goals for South (1-6), while North (2-6) also received a goal from Dallas Dunn.

"It was a good effort but some defensive mistakes cost us," South coach Dave Howe said. "We didn't give up. We will improve."

North goalie Chuck Shirley had 13 saves, and South goalie Dean Branham had 10 saves.

n In the opener, North's McLeod scored 33 seconds into the game and it set the tone for the easy victory.

She added two more goals in the opening half, helping the Hubs to a 7-3 lead at intermission. Criswell tacked on her three goals in the second half.

"We really controlled the first half," North coach Sarah Mason said. "We've been working on moving downfield, fast-breaking while passing, and it was effective at times tonight. Our goalie (Morgan Padula) did a nice job."

South coach Bruce Buhrman said, "We're a very young team and just need game experience to get better. They always have a positive attitude and work hard."

Jackie Keller added two goals for North (2-7) while Sarah Burgan, Brittany Jones and Courtney Jenkins scored the goals for South (0-9).

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