Boys Lacrosse: Warriors get first taste of victory in rout of Rebels

March 27, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — It didn’t take long for Boonboro to pick up its first win as a varsity boys lacrosse team.

In fact, it only took two games.

After losing their first game of the season, the Warriors traveled to South Hagerstown on Tuesday night and earned their first victory in a convincing 21-6 trouncing of the Rebels.

“This was our first win as a varsity program, so it’s pretty neat,” Boonsboro coach Phil Aversa said. “It feels good — very good.”

It was a closely contested contest throughout much of the first half until Boonsboro blew the doors off the game midway through the second quarter. The Warriors held a 12-6 lead at halftime and scored nine unanswered goals in the second half to ice the game.

While Boonsboro’s offense clicked all game, once the defense got things sorted out it was the difference.

“The defense really came together today,” Aversa said. “Communication was a breakdown early, but the defensive coaches adjusted well.”

The pace of the game was set within the first 20 seconds, when Fred Funke scored his first of five goals for the Warriors. Two minutes later, Noah Wright responded for the Rebels with a goal.

Wright gave the Rebels their only lead of the game on his second goal a minute after his first.

Both teams traded more goals over the first 12 minutes, with Boonsboro holding a 6-4 advantage at the close of the first quarter.

The Warriors outscored South 6-2 in the second quarter to close out a strong first half and give them the momentum.

“We’re still learning a new defense,” Rebels coach Dave Tallant said. “We’re obviously looking to the future and trying to get some experience.”

Boonsboro came out on fire in the second half, scoring a goal inside of the first minute of the third period and adding four more before the end of the quarter.

“There was a lot of smart lacrosse being played today,” Aversa said. “We did a good job on faceoffs and the midfield did a good job with their (isolation) moves.”

Tyler Bradshaw scored two goals for the Rebels, joining Wright as South’s only multi-goal scorers.

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