Easton, Trinity hold off the Warwick boys
Last Friday’s season opener for the Warwick boys lacrosse team was a game of inches.
Hitting the post as many as six to eight times in their battle against Easton, the Warriors found themselves tied 4-4 after three, instead of leading.
From there, the host Rovers finished the game on a 4-1 run, clinching an 8-5 non-league victory.
“I’d say we played them pretty tight,” Warwick coach Wayne Hummer remarked. “I’ve got to give it to their goalie (Anthony Caruso) – he kept them in that game. But we were right there with them. We were moving the ball around well, we were generating opportunities, but we just couldn’t get the ball to hit the net.”
Unfortunately for the Warwick boys, some of that frustration continued into their home opener against Trinity on Saturday, as they dropped an 11-3 non-league loss at Grosh Field in Lititz. The Shamrocks led 6-2 at the half and never looked back.
“I think there might have been some carry-over from the Easton game where the finishing was concerned,” Hummer said. “We just weren’t 100 percent on. I think some of that got into our heads a little bit. We know what we need to work on and the only thing we can really do is go forward now.”
First-quarter goals by Alex Bushong and Trent Sell seemed to have the Warriors (0-2) going in the right direction against Easton. Bushong tallied the second of his two goals and Allen Wenger found the back of the net in the second quarter, putting Warwick up 4-3 going into the break.
“We were methodically putting the ball on the net and we were getting our opportunities, which means that Easton wasn’t because we had the ball on our stick,” Hummer said. “I think the guys were feeling pretty good (at half), they were feeling pretty loose.”
It was the Rovers, though, who scored the only goal in the third. Danny Martyak had three goals and two assists, while Justin Swick chipped in with two tallies and a helper for the Easton boys, who held a 37-21 advantage in shots on goal.
Warwick, meanwhile, felt like they easily could have had the lead on the scoreboard at that point.
“What the book doesn’t really show and what the numbers don’t really show is we hit about six to eight pipes,” Hummer said. “You’re talking a centimeter the other way or maybe an inch the other way and we’re looking at a goal. I think it was the missed opportunities that were kinda getting guys frustrated. Guys were getting mad at themselves for missing shots and were just kinda like thinking to themselves, ‘What else do I need to do to get this ball to hit the net?’ That can weigh on a team.”
Going into the final stanza, the Warriors’ defense found itself needing to kill off a man-down situation for three minutes. To their credit, they allowed just one goal in that span, but they also burned up a lot of energy in the process.
“That’s pretty impressive (giving up only one goal) against a pretty athletic team like Easton,” Hummer said. “I think when we go a man down like that, that really weighs on you physically as well. You get pretty tired constantly running around like that.”
The Rovers capitalized by putting away the three-goal victory in the final minutes. Goalie Cameron Epplie finished with 10 stops for Warwick.
Less than 24 hours later, the Warriors were back on the field against a Shamrocks’ team which got five combined goals from Mitch Kleist and Connor Bailey in their 11-3 win.
“I think that the score in the game doesn’t really do the game itself justice,” Hummer said. “I don’t want to say anything against Trinity necessarily, but when we’d go into a scrum for a ground ball, more often than not there’d be a guy from Trinity that would dive onto the ground to kinda draw the push and I think that our guys were letting that get to them. And when the calls would go the way that we didn’t want it to, they would get pretty frustrated. And I think that there were a couple instances in the game where we lost focus and got it back, and we’d stay tight with them for a little bit and we’d lose it again.”
Alex Dagen scored two goals for the Warriors, Brogan Galbreath added one and goalkeeper Steven Lipko finished with seven saves for the Warriors in the losing cause. Trinity held a 33-20 edge in shots on goal.
“I’ll give it to (Trinity),” Hummer said. “They played good lacrosse in terms of moving the ball around on us and creating opportunities for themselves and they were hitting the net.”
Bruce Morgan is the sports editor for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 721-4451.