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Prep lacrosse playoffs: Boonsboro's boys win, girls lose

May 09, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO — The Boonsboro boys lacrosse team’s “never say die” attitude has reached a fever pitch.

In their first varsity season, the Warriors (4-9) have advanced to the second round of the Maryland Class 2A-1A West region tournament with a 10-7 home victory over Catoctin on Wednesday.

“It’s amazing to see the team come together and play a hell of a game,” said Boonsboro coach Phil Aversa. “It’s great that we got a home game and played in front of our own fans. We came together and played well in all facets of the game. This is amazing.”

Catoctin held a 4-2 advantage in the second quarter when Caleb Jardeleza scored on an assist by Rex Le Gore. The goal would be waved off, however, as Jardeleza was found to have an illegal stick length. Since the stick could not be corrected, it also resulted in a three-minute penalty for the Warriors.

“(Jardeleza’s) stick grew an eighth of an inch in 15 minutes,” said Aversa. Jardeleza’s stick was checked twice in the game.

The penalty proved to be the turning point in Boonsboro’s fortunes.

Caleb Grove got Boonsboro’s third goal back when his check to Catoctin goalie Eric Gosnell sent the ball into the Cougars’ net. Rex Le Gore and Reiker Bowles scored consecutive goals four minutes into the third quarter to give Boonsboro a 5-4 lead.

“Calls are part of the game. You have to forget them,” Aversa said. “We didn’t get bothered, we killed the penalty, and we took the lead.”

After Noah Propps tied the game for the Cougars, Catoctin coach Bobby Youngblood incurred a four-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The penalty allowed LeGore, Kyle Briggs and Fred Funke to score man-advantage goals, which put Boonsboro up for good 8-5. Briggs led Boonsboro scorers with a hat trick.

“We look forward to playing (top-seed) Brunswick on Friday,” said Aversa. “When we play to our potential, we can play anybody.”

Boonsboro’s girls were not as lucky as the boys were, as they fell to South Carroll 16-8, ending their season.

With South Carroll up 2-0 in the first half, Alex Green scored the first of her three goals to cut the deficit to one, but that was as close as the Warriors (5-8) would get. Tori Poffenberger also had a hat trick for Boonsboro.

The Cavaliers’ potent offense was led by Summerly Merson and Kimmy Delonge, who each scored a hat trick. Kendall Noel facilitated for South Carroll, earning five assists to go with two goals.

“This is a tough game for us because this is the first time we have to say goodbye to our seniors,” said Boonsboro coach Susan Funke. “We accomplished a lot in three years. Our girls got the concepts that we taught down pat. South Carroll’s a good team. They didn’t drop balls and pressured our offense well.”

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