Warriors erupt in rout of Wyomissing

By on March 25, 2015

Galbreath’s four goals lead the offense

Warwick sophomore Evan Crawford (left) scoops up the ball in front of Wyomissing’s Tyler Ashman in the Warriors’ 16-2 win on Monday. (Photo by Stan Hall)

Warwick sophomore Evan Crawford (left) scoops up the ball in front of Wyomissing’s Tyler Ashman in the Warriors’ 16-2 win on Monday. (Photo by Stan Hall)

The Warwick boys lacrosse team showed signs of it in 2014.

In more than half of their 13 wins a year ago, the Warriors’ offensive firepower resulted in double-digit scoring outputs.

With all but five players back from the team which advanced to the L-L League playoff semi-finals last May, it probably shouldn’t be a surprise that the Warriors are more than capable of filling up the net.

They certainly did that against Wyomissing in their season-opener on Monday afternoon.

Eight different goal-scorers connected, led by senior Brogan Galbreath’s four, and Warwick hammered the Spartans 16-2 in a non-league battle at Joseph Grosh Field in Lititz. Junior Allen Wenger added three goals, while seniors Kobi Biemesderfer and Shane Galway and junior Ben Loose chipped in with two apiece.

“The thing that I liked the most is that we had (a lot of) different goal scorers,” Warrior coach Wayne Hummer said. “We were pretty multi dimensional in that respect and I just liked the way the guys played together that way.”

Hummer was also no doubt pleased with how his players “won the minute.” It’s a mantra he and his staff are stressing with their team &tstr; to always play forward and never look back.

“Whether we won or lost, we can’t change what happened five minutes ago in the game,” Warwick’s coach said. “All we can do is play forward. We are trying to get them adopt this mentality of win the minute. Just win the small battles and if we can piece together a bunch of those, we’re hoping at the end that we’re going to be walking off the field with a smile on our face.”

The Warriors (1-0) were smiling early and often while outshooting the Spartans 28-4 in the first half. With 3:48 elapsed in the opening quarter, Galway beat Wyomissing keeper Casey Skokowski to give Warwick a lead it never lost.

Then Alex Dagen converted on a nice cross-field pass from Biemesderfer, Connor Kilgore finished on a nicely-placed shot 47 seconds later and the Warriors were off to the races.

“We talked about it before we started and we said, ‘We’ve got to play fast,’” Hummer remarked. “The key was to play to our strength, which was our ability to transition and move the ball well and just to continue that pressure, whether we’re trying to score, whether we’re riding and trying to get the ball back, whether we’re clearing. Make (Wyomissing) make lacrosse plays and see if we can maybe force some mistakes.”

Galbreath scored the first of his four tallies with 3:51 to go in the first, on a helper from senior Nate Owsinski, to push the lead to 4-0.

“Brogan’s got great size, he can catch the ball in a lot of different areas and he can actually do something with it in tight space, which is really impressive to watch,” Hummer said.

Colin Smith got Wyomissing on the board with 1:57 remaining in the first, but Biemesderfer’s tally, from Galbreath, restored the Warriors’ four-goal advantage at period’s end, 5-1.

Then in the first 1:52 of the second quarter, Mark Howland, Wenger and Galbreath all found the back of the net, as the Warriors broke it open. Biemesderfer and Galway had assists in the flurry.

For the game, Warwick outshot Wyomissing 46-14, and although Cameron Epple didn’t see a lot of action between the pipes for the Warriors, he finished with seven saves.

With just under 7:00 left in the half, Wenger cut through the middle and scored his second of the day, and then Galbreath converted on a pass from Galway to extend Warwick’s lead to 10-1 at half.

“Some of it is just his field sense and awareness of where he is,” Hummer said, “and even a step further from that is other guys’ field awareness of where he is &tstr; like Kobi Biemesderfer’s field awareness of where Brogan is, he just sees him. Shane Galway at midfield sees him all the time. Basically, all of our offensive weapons see Brogan, and Brogan sees them very well. It’s almost like they’ve got a sixth sense for each other and are able to get to the right spot without really having to say, ‘You need to get there.’ So it’s kinda unique to watch that.”

Loose scored both of his goals in the third quarter, while Wenger, Galbreath, Galway and Biemesderfer also connected to help the Warriors pull away. Dagen chipped in with two assists, and Wenger, Loose and Kyle Weaver also got on the scoresheet.

“The important thing for us was to make sure that we did our best to force the game into Warwick’s game and not Wyomissing’s strength,” Hummer said. “I think that what a lot of people saw was that we put together some strong games last season and I think they see that we had the potential to score a lot of goals or to really squeeze things on defense … You pair some key newcomers with a strong contingency of veterans and the proof’s in the pudding.”

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