North boys capitalize at South

April 14, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — The North Hagerstown boys lacrosse team controlled the ball — and, therefore, the opportunities to score — against host South Hagerstown on Thursday night.

Sophomore Brandon Brown and senior Zach Eppard scored four goals each as the Hubs capitalized in a 14-3 victory over the rival Rebels.

“I thought the guys did a great job of moving the ball around,” Brown said. “We got some great looks. I just think that I was in the right place at the right time. That is really the key to getting off a good shot and putting the ball in the back of the net. I thought the guys came out real strong. We were really fired up for this game.”

Eppard extended much of the credit to his teammates.

“I think we had a phenomenal performance,” Eppard said. “I think we worked out a lot of kinks tonight. I am starting to see a lot of improvement with the team. We are real young, but we are starting to work together real well. We were just working out our offensive plays real well. We did a good job of finding the open man. We read the defensive slides very well. The defense is also a big part of our team. We couldn’t have won tonight without them.”

Drew Brooks added two goals for North, while Teddy Beachley, Nick Grahn, Ben Shuster and Bryan Wills had one goal apiece for the Hubs (2-3).

Chris Quante scored two goals, while Tyler Bradshaw added a goal for South (0-6).

The Hubs led 4-1 at the end of the first quarter, 9-2 at halftime and 12-3 entering the fourth quarter.

North coach Dave Tallant said he was pleased with his team’s execution.

“During practice, we worked on many drills to include ground balls, and I was pleased to see the drills show up in game situations,” Tallant said. “We have confidence that the Hagerstown Area YMCA Lacrosse Association will continue to help build lacrosse excellence for Washington County schools. As we go on the road, we have the expectation to bring some wins home for North.”

Tallant also said he was happy with the displays of sportsmanship he saw.

“Our theme for today was respect for each other, respect for the officials and respect for the players on South Hagerstown,” Tallant said. “I am proud to see our team play with respect for their brothers in lacrosse and honor the sport with excellence.”

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