Mustangs rally from a 3-0 hole, down No. 20 Patterson Mill for repeat in UCBAC Chesapeake lacrosse (VIDEO HERE!)
by Gary Adornato
Things did not start exactly the way the C. Milton Wright High boys lacrosse team might have hoped, with the UCBAC Chesapeake Division title on the line Wednesday night at Patterson Mill.
The host and 20th-ranked Huskies started fast and built a quick 3-0 lead with goals from seniors Kevin Dyke, Connor Madsen and Nick Repke, with 7 minutes, 24 seconds to play in the opening quarter. The Mustangs halted that momentum, however, when sophomore Nick Domzalski scored off a feed from Quinten Hatfield, at the 5:54 mark, starting a run of nine consecutive goals for the visitors, paving the way for 13-9 victory and second consecutive league title for CMW.
Brennan Lorence scored Wright’s second goal, later in the first period, which ended with Patterson Mill holding a 3-2 edge. That didn’t last long.
C. Milton Wright (6-5 overall, 6-0 UCBAC Chesapeake) dominated the second quarter, outscoring Patterson Mill 6-0, with Domzalski scoring three more times. He finished the contest with a game-high four goals and added three assists. C. Milton Wright extended its lead to 9-3 when Lorence netted his second goal of the night, early in the third period.
“After the start we knew they were real strong offensively,” said C. Milton Wright head coach Andrew Gerard. “They have three good offensive players and a lot of supporting cast members and we didn’t match up well on them to start. We didn’t come out with the kind of fire we needed. Once we settled in, got the right matchups and started controlling possession a little bit, we knew our numbers were going to be in our favor.”
Domzalski said the Mustangs are familiar with making comebacks.
“We’ve been down early a lot this season,” said Domzalski. “We’ve had to come back from a lot of tough deficits. We had a lot of close games where we couldn’t finish it off, but tonight something felt different. We wanted to finish this off.”
The Huskies (12-1, 5-1 UCBAC Chesapeake) finally ended a scoring drought of 23 minutes, 18 seconds with two consecutive scores from senior attack Chance Urban and Patterson Mill would go on to outscore C. Milton Wright 5-2 in the third quarter. With the spurt, the Huskies suddenly found themselves back within two, at 10-8, when the fourth quarter got underway.
“We’ve got a lot of guys who are good lacrosse players that have a lot of heart,” said Patterson Mill coach Jason Bellamy, whose team’s 18-game winning streak, dating back to last season’s 1A state championship run, was ended. “We have a lot of senior leadership and they weren’t going to give up. We made a couple of adjustments at half time and they dug in and battled back. I am proud of every single one of them.”
Bellamy, however, acknowledge that the Mustangs edge in depth ultimately made the difference.
“Things just didn’t go our way tonight,” added Bellamy. “We weren’t getting ground balls. We turned the ball over more than we had all season. Give them credit, they have a good team, they play a lot of guys. They probably played 25 guys tonight and we had about 12 or 13 out there and we just ran out of legs.”
That point was made clear in the final quarter when the Mustangs regained their edge and finally wore down the Huskies as Lorence completed a hat-trick and freshman Blane Dail had back-to-back scores to also complete a hat-trick.
“They came out hard and we wanted to play harder than they could,” said Dail. “We just finished the game the way we always do.”
Gerard said his team has had its eye on the big picture all season.
“We had a really tough schedule this year,” said Gerard. “We played a lot of state champions and we played a lot of really good private schools. We knew that was going to make us better.
“Our hope was to win County champions despite of that and the guys really stepped up to that. The guys really kept their eyes focused on this goal for right now, winning the County championship two years in a row. We haven’t lost a league game in two years, which is pretty good for these kids.”
C. MILTON WRIGHT 13, NO. 20 PATTERSON MILL 9
CMW 2 6 2 3 — 13
PM 3 0 5 1 — 9
GOALS: CMW-Nick Domzalski 4, Blane Dail 3, Brennan Lorence 3, Fitz Brock, Ethan Little, Quiten Hatfield; PM-Kevin Dyke 3, Chance Urban 2, Connor Madsen 2, Nick Repke, Zac Haskell.
ASSISTS: Donzalski 3, Lorence 2, Brock 2, Eli Rever, Hatfield; PM-Urban 3, Madsen 1.
SAVES: CMW-Jon Salisbury 5, Colin Gardner 3; PM-Justin Strawderman 4, Ethan Kroll 3.