Westminster's late 8 goals beat Mount Hebron, 10-9 Boys lacrosse

April 14, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

At halftime of Westminster's boys lacrosse game at Mount Hebron yesterday, it looked as if it would be a day Owls coach Jim Peters soon would like to forget.

But shortly after Westminster's 10-9 come-from-behind win, Peters said, "I'll be an old man in a wheelchair still talking about this game."

The Owls (4-0) sleepwalked through the first half as Mount Hebron (2-2) built a five-goal lead. After Hebron scored the opening goal of the third quarter to make it 8-2, Westminster charged back with eight unanswered goals and held off a late Hebron rally to come away with the 10-9 win.

Senior attacker Chris Ahrens led the way with four second-half goals and Jamie Grocki's unassisted goal with 3:17 left in the game gave the Owls a 9-8 lead they never would relinquish.

"We knew of their excellent reputation in lacrosse and I think that was a reason why we started slow. We were several steps behind them in the first half, and our stickwork just wasn't there," Peters said.

"We made a few small defensive adjustments at the half, and the kids took it from there."

After the first minute of play, it didn't look as if Westminster belonged on the same field with Hebron.

Hebron's Justin Gemmell took a feed from Clay Shiflet 46 seconds into the game to make it 1-0. Andrew Ward made it 2-0 just 11 seconds later.

Westminster's first shot of the game came with 3:34 left in the first quarter. By then, Gemmell already had his second goal of the game to make it 3-0 and Andrew Ballinger would tack on a goal with 20 seconds left in the quarter to give Hebron a 4-0 lead.

Westminster's Ed Bender scored at the 6:36 mark of the second quarter when he collected a rebound in front and beat goalie Andrew Becker.

Trailing 8-2 midway through the third quarter, Westminster made its run. Ahrens was twice left uncovered behind the net and scored two wraparound goals in the span of 48 seconds to get the Owls within reach at 8-4. Jim Zoulias closed out the third with a goal at the 2:38 mark to make it 8-5.

"We just broke down and relaxed a little when we thought we were in control," Mount Hebron coach Warren Michael said. "They're a pretty good ballclub, and once they got a few goals and got some confidence, they took it to us."

Westminster opened the fourth period with the first five goals to take a two-goal lead at 10-8. Midfielder Gabe Zepp's second straight goal, coming off an assist from Zoulias, tied the game at 8.

Grocki's go-ahead goal came right after Westminster goalie Adam White made his biggest of 11 saves.

Ahrens' fourth of the game proved to be much-needed insurance, as Hebron's Shiflet scored his third of the game with a little more than two minutes remaining.

Peters was pleased with the way some of his attackers -- particularly Ahrens -- stepped up with Mount Hebron holding the Owls' leading scorer John Bolesta in check.

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