Railroaders stick it to Rebels

March 29, 2011|By BOB PARASILITI |

HAGERSTOWN — The South Hagerstown boys lacrosse team is going through a rebirth.

For most young’uns, it’s a case of crawling before you walk and walking before you run.

The Rebels had a little trouble getting to their knees, let alone up on their feet. Brunswick took it to South after a slow start for a dominating 17-0 MVAL Antietam victory Tuesday at School Stadium.

In lacrosse, the crawl, walk and run sequence translated to three different functions in order to have any kind of success.

“We beat ourselves because we couldn’t catch and throw,” said South coach Clarence Washington. “We lacked off in our catching and throwing and, if you can’t catch and throw, you can’t control or score.”

Brunswick caught, threw and controlled the ball for the majority of the game and had the goals to prove it. The Railroaders got high-percentage shots and wide-open looks at South goalie Drake Kessell.

Brunswick scored in quick bursts for much of the night. Tate Rolland scored three times in a 1:28 span to open the second quarter, before the Railroaders peeled off another pair of goals in nine seconds at mid-period.

The Railroaders led 11-0 at the half. The Rebels had a few opportunities to crack the scoreboard, but were errant on their shots.

“We have been shooting underhanded and bouncing the ball,” Washington said. “We are going to go back to work and start shooting overhand again.”

Dylan Hunt scored in the first 40 seconds of the second half to start the running clock for the rest of the game.

The game took a more physical turn as time wore on and South didn’t help itself by incurring a major portion of the penalties, which gave Brunswick many power-play opportunities.

Hunt and Rolland finished with five goals each while Michael Millett finished with four scores. Cody Warhust added two goals and Shane Hogan had one for the Railroaders.

For South (0-2, 0-1), the evening was a mountain of frustration.

“We have been looking good in practice. We move the ball,” Washington said. “We have several freshmen who had some jitters in the first game and I thought they would be better today, but they were still shook up. We lacked in intensity and we lacked in catching and throwing the ball.”

The Rebels don’t have much time to reload as they host Manchester Valley in a makeup game today.

“We won’t have time to do much before that game,” Washington said. “But on Thursday, we are going to break it down and start all over again.”

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