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Boys Lacrosse: Rebels get first home win since 2008

April 05, 2013|By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — South Hagerstown’s first home boys lacrosse victory since 2008 certainly was a memorable affair.

In a game that had it all, the Rebels came up with clutch goals early in the fourth quarter and huge penalty kills and saves late in the period to turn back Thomas Johnson 15-14 at School Stadium.

“The last few minutes, my heart was pumping,” said Rebels goalie Garry Robinson, who made several key stops in the closing minutes as the Rebels fought off three man-down situations in the final 6:30. “We hung in there. The offense did a great job, and we finished it.”

Forget all about that 37-game losing streak that started in 2009 and ended in this year’s season opener at Brunswick. The Rebels (2-0) now have a winning streak going — and they were all smiles after this victory.

“We train a lot on attitude, work ethic and skill, and attitude and work ethic lead the way,” said Rebels coach Dave Tallant. “They thrive on being a band of brothers.”

According to records on laxpower.com, South’s last home win came 1-0 over Brunswick on March 25, 2008.

Tied at 10 after three periods, South took the lead for good with 11:28 left when Noah Wright, stationed behind TJ’s goal, found Mack Tallant cutting down the middle from the point. The pass was true and Tallant converted.

“It was just watching the defender. He wasn’t looking, and my teammate found me,” Tallant said.

Tallant added another goal 27 seconds later, circling from the left post to the middle for an open shot, to make it 12-10. Tyler Bradshaw scored with 9:02 left for a 13-10 South advantage.

Devin Shields scored for TJ (2-3) to make it 13-11, and then the Rebels were called for the two-minute full-time penalty with 6:29 left. Ryan Hayes scored nine seconds into it to cut the lead to 13-12, but that’s the only goal the Patriots got — and Jordan Foster’s goal with 5:55 left countered it and made the score 14-12.

Cole Barnhart capitalized on a bad TJ turnover by the goalie for a goal and a 15-12 South lead with 4:08 left. Robinson then made three saves in the final four minutes, and the Patriots failed to score again until two goals in the final minute — which were too late to save TJ.

Foster had five goals — four in the first half — to lead the Rebels.

“I always like to test the defenders from the start,” Foster said.

Mack Tallant and Bradshaw had three goals each, Barnhart had two goals and an assist, Josiah Johnson and Wright had a goal and an assist each, and Michael Rodriguez added an assist for South. Robinson finished with 13 saves, six in the final quarter.

Alex Aguilar scored seven goal to lead TJ. The Patriots won the JV game, 6-0.

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