By ADAM LAPIERRE
News staff writer
April 12, 2006
After about halftime of Friday night’s home game, Franklin High School became frustrated. And lacrosse is not a good game to play perturbed.
Intensity is good, and little excitement and enthusiasm can help a team down on its luck battle back into a game they’ve fallen behind in.
But frustration hinders; it thwarts comebacks, complicates communication and generally results in more breaking-down than what caused a team to be frustrated in the first place.
At halftime, the Eagles held a 5-2 lead over their Columbia Division rivals from the west. Four unsportsmanlike penalties and 10 goals to two later, the Cardinals packed up with their seven-game inning streak snapped.
And the Eagles’ 14-4 win Friday brings the team to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the Columbia Division.
“It was our best game so far this year,” Coach Mac Jackson said. “And very importantly, we kept our composure and showed good sportsmanship, despite the other team becoming frustrated and getting four unsportsmanlike conduct penalties … Our play is coming together, as we played well on both the offensive and defensive ends of the field. Defensively, we covered our men, slid well to back-up and gave up just 12 shots on goal. And Dustyn Lyons continues to play well in goal. Offensively, we passed well and scored from a lot of different looks.”
Paul Spaulding was unstoppable. His double-hat trick and an assist to boot kept the Eagles steamrolling through the best defense Lincoln could muster. Counting Spaulding, ten HRV boys would score in the night, which is an impressive statistic in itself because it’s rare to have so many different players score in a single game.
Contributing to the dominant offensive showing was the Eagles’ hustle on ground balls.
“We won 76-percent of face-offs and controlled the ground ball game 57 to 29,” Jackson said. “It was a consistent and focused team effort for us in all four quarters.”
With midfielders Gideon Phelps and Peter Debbaut out of the game due to injuries, the Eagles adjusted by playing Jon Ing at second middie and Tony Guisto as long-stick middie.
“Both did a great job with their new assignments,” said Jackson. “Jon scored a goal and Tony scored our first long-stick middie goal this year.”
Guarding the net was freshman keeper Dustyn Lyons, who had a 67-percent save rate with eight saves out of 12 shots on goal.
Paul Spaulding 6 goals, 1 assist
Jacob Bohince 2 goals
Alex Evans 1 goal, 1 assist
Ted Ostrye 1 goal, 1 assist
Eli Camero 2 assists
Erik Tedford 1 goal
Jon Ing 1 goal
Will Kline 1 goal
Tony Guisto 1 goal
Anthony Walden 1 assist
7 p.m. Friday,
HOME vs. Riverdale