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Boys Lacrosse: Railroaders wilt under Hubs' attack in opener

March 26, 2013|By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — North Hagerstown’s season and MVAL Antietam boys lacrosse opener against Brunswick became a showcase for the Hubs’ multi-dimensional offensive attack on Tuesday night at Mike Callas Stadium.

Drew Brooks scored four goals and Kyle Hewlett and Reggie Daniel each netted three as North steamed past the Railroaders, 12-5.

The final score could have been an even bigger blowout. The Hubs (1-0, 1-0) took 32 shots in the first half, compared to just seven for Brunswick (0-3, 0-2). But 15 of North’s shots went wide or high, and Railroaders goalie Anthony Malik made 11 saves to keep Brunswick within 6-3 at halftime.

However, the Hubs landed the knockout blows early in the third quarter, scoring three goals in a 1:06 span to take a 9-3 lead.

“I just told them they need to come out fired up (in the second half), run the offense and have a little better shot selection,” North coach Hammond Urner said.

Brandon Brown — the 2012 Herald-Mail Washington County Player of the Year, who had two assists in a relatively quiet game Tuesday — found Brooks on the left side, and Brooks fired a rocket shot past Malik for a 7-3 lead with 10:27 left in the third.

With 9:56 left in the period, Hewlett made a move from the left, got inside and scored to make it 8-3. That capped his hat trick after he found the mark with two long-range shots from the point in the first half.

“He can bring it,” Urner said of Hewlett’s shot. “He’s got to have one of the hardest shots around.”

Finally, with 9:21 left in the third, Reed Jimenez — who finished with a goal and two assists while operating mostly behind Brunswick’s goal — found Brooks inside with a great pass, and Brooks converted for a 9-3 advantage.

With Brown and Hewlett running the point, Brooks on the left wing, Daniel on the right and Jimenez behind goal, North produced consistent scoring chances through three quarters, using both sharp passing and athletic individual moves, and finished with a 48-27 shots advantage overall.

“We’ve got to play as a team to win,” Urner said. “This isn’t an individual sport. We’ve got to keep our heads about us and take good shots.”

Dylan Brown also scored for the Hubs. Brooks, Daniel and Garrett Izer each had an assist. Brian Davis made four saves in three quarters of work, and Peter Durham made four saves in the fourth.

North forced Brunswick into 35 turnovers (the Hubs committed 28 themselves, 12 in the fourth quarter) and won 15 faceoffs to the Railroaders’ six.

“It wasn’t pretty at points, but they stayed after it and it’s good to get a win over Brunswick,” Urner said.

Anthony Hogeback and Kyle Coats scored two goals each and Jack Williams had the other goal for Brunswick.

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