Hubs don't relax against Rebels

May 05, 2010|By DAN KAUFFMAN
  • North Hagerstown's Alex Henry (17) works past a South Hagerstown defender on Tuesday during the first half of the Hubs' 20-2 victory.
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    HAGERSTOWN -- Coming off its biggest victory of the season, North Hagerstown's boys lacrosse team stayed on a roll against overmatched rival South Hagerstown on Tuesday at School Stadium.

    Zach Eppard scored eight goals and Bryan Wills had a goal and five assists as a catalyst for the Hubs' offense in a 20-2 victory over the Rebels.

    "We wanted to finish the season the way we started it, with hard work and excellence," said North coach Dave Tallant, whose Hubs (6-7) beat Smithsburg 7-6 last Thursday. "We wanted to ensure we played excellent lacrosse. We wanted our goals to be assisted goals as much as possible, and we wanted to move the ball well in preparation for the playoffs."

    North scored six goals in each of the first two quarters to take a 12-1 halftime lead, and never let off the gas with eight more goals in the second half while the clock kept running.


Eppard was in the middle of everything, scoring twice in the first quarter, three times in the second and twice in the third before adding a final tally in the fourth.

"Zach's a leader on the team and a player we have confidence in and can rely on to set an example on the field," Tallant said. "His work ethic is top-notch."

Ten of the Hubs' 20 goals were assisted, with Wills working behind the net and on the wings to set up teammates for good looks.

"Bryan, I anticipate him being a future leader next year," Tallant said. "We encourage being unselfish and empowering other players, and Bryan's one of the better-skilled players on the team. He moves the ball well, feeds it very well and has a nice outside shot."

David Warren scored three goals, Ben Unger and Caleb Mittel each scored twice and Alex Henry, Tyler Smith, Connor McHose and Christian Hatcher added a goal apiece for the Hubs. Warren, Unger, Henry, Peter Marschner, Andy Baker and Wyatt Reeder each added an assist. Baker made four saves in the first half and Andrew Barnhart made three in the second half.

Hunter Phillips scored both goals for the Rebels (0-11) on their Senior Night to close out the regular season. Drake Kessell made 10 saves.

"I had 10 players who didn't show up for Saturday's game for some reason or other, some of them were first-stringers and they didn't start today," South coach John Chirgott said. "I just took this team over this year, and you can't break bad habits in one season. It will probably take a couple of years to turn it around."

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