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Boys Lacrosse: Brooks' burst helps Hubs flood Rebels

April 24, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — Drew Brooks scored a game-high four goals and added an assist to lead North Hagerstown to a 12-2 victory over South Hagerstown, allowing the Hubs to complete the season sweep while celebrating Senior Night.

“I just kept trying different things,” Brooks said. “It’s like in calculus when I have to try out different things and find what works. That’s what I did tonight.”

Brooks scored three times in the fourth quarter after being moved from midfield to attack by North coach Hammond Umer.

“(Brooks) is a good player,” Umer said. “He has good stick skills and makes plays for us.”

Not to be outdone, North Hagerstown’s defense — which includes senior defensemen Matthew Hetzer, Joshua Krandell and Robert Hebb, along with senior goalie Daved Paddack and sophomore keeper Brian Davis — put together a sound performance.

“The defense played very well even though we were switching goalies,” Umer said. “It’s always nice to get a two-goal game out of your defense.”

North Hagerstown’s goalies combined for eight saves, led by Davis with five.

Reed Jimenez gave the Hubs (3-5) a 1-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Two minutes later, Brandon Brown scored off a pass from Alexander Unger, who finished with a team-high three assists, for a 2-0 advantage.

The Hubs extended their 5-0 halftime lead with a goal by Peter Perini 43 seconds into the second half.

South Hagerstown (0-9) broke its scoreless drought with 11:03 remaining in the third quarter on Noah Wright’s goal. Wright scored again three minutes later to cut down the deficit to 6-2.

“We’ve been improving, but we still have some areas with our skills and game sense that need to be worked on,” South Hagerstown coach Dave Tallent said. “North is well coached though, they have some good players.”

North Hagerstown added six goals in the fourth quarter to slam the door on any chance for South Hagerstown to rally.

Jimenez recorded two goals in the final 12 minutes to complete a hat trick.

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