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Boys Lacrosse: Gaels suffer through rough first varsity start

March 14, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent
  • St. Maria Goretti goalkeeper Michael Fairley makes a save against St. John's Catholic Prep on Wednesday during the Gaels' 10-4 loss in their first game as a varsity team.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — The St. Maria Goretti boys lacrosse team opened its first season as a varsity sport the hard way on Wednesday.

Goretti had a rough start and couldn’t complete a comeback in a 10-4 loss to St. John’s Catholic Prep.

“Michael (Fairley) is a quality goalie. He just started slow,” said Goretti coach Keith Reitenbach. “But he made some second-half saves that kept our heads up.”

Whether it was first-game jitters, rust or a combination of both, Goretti just couldn’t pull it together in the first half.

The Gaels missed passes, failed to make clears, blew assignments as about everything that could go wrong did in the first half as the Vikings raced to a 9-0 halftime lead.

“We’re very early with the learning curve,” Reitenbach said. “We have to learn how to play the pace, speed and intensity of varsity level lacrosse.”

The 10-minute intermission was all the time Goretti needed to get on track. The Gaels seemed re-energized to open the second half.

Goretti wasted little time in finding the net as John Martin scored the Gaels’ first goal.

Moments later, Morgan Kentworthy scored then Mikey Ewing found the net on an extra-man possession to cut the deficit to 9-3.

“I told them at halftime that we weren’t in a position to talk about winning,” Reitenbach said. “But I told them part of being a varsity athlete is beating your opponent in every sequence of the game and it felt good to do that in the third quarter.”

Sophomore attackman Conor Snyder led St. John’s with three goals and an assist, while Grier Wilson added two goals and two assists. Brendan Shanley and Andrew Gauvin also finished with two goals each for St. John’s.

The Vikings only managed one goal in the second half — by Gauvin — after having the early advantage.

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