BOONSBORO — In a rain-soaked boys lacrosse contest on Wednesday, Boonsboro fought tooth and nail to try to sweep the season series from Catoctin.
In the end, however, a four-goal fourth period gave the Cougars a 9-7 victory over the Warriors.
The game was tied 5-5 heading into the final period, before Catoctin’s John Wilhelm scored three fastbreak goals and Charles McGlaughlin added a score to put Boonsboro (2-5) away.
“(Catoctin) scored a few fastbreak goals on us tonight,” said Boonsboro coach Phil Aversa. “But we never gave up.”
Reiker Bowles and Fred Funke scored in the first period to give Boonsboro a quick two-goal lead, but Wilhelm and Joshua Keller tied the game up for Catoctin with goals 30 seconds apart in the second.
From there, the Warriors and Cougars traded goals, neither team able to secure a substantial lead.
Caleb Jardeleza scored for Boonsboro in the second period and was matched by McGlaughlin. Bowles and Rex Le Gore scored in the third period, but penalties gave Catoctin man-advantage scoring opportunities. McGlaughlin and Wilhelm both scored man-up goals for the Cougars to tie the game.
“You’ve got to give Catoctin credit, they got a lot of ground balls which they were able to convert into goals,” Aversa said. “We’ve got to work on our fastbreak defense, and hopefully next game we’ll be able to shut it down.”
Colton Rhoderick and Le Gore scored Boonsboro’s final two goals in the fourth period.
“We kept fighting until the end,” Aversa said. “Had the game been different, that last goal we scored could have been the game winner.”
Bowles had three assists for Boonsboro while Le Gore, Caleb Jardeleza and Kyle Briggs had one each. Goalie Alex Pizarro had 13 saves for the Warriors.
JV: Catoctin, 4-2.