BAY VILLAGE — Senior attacker Ian Maddock’s tiebreaking goal with 28 seconds left in the first half put the Bay boys lacrosse team up 3-2, but something was missing.
The Rockets played much of the half against visiting Avon Lake last Friday without the necessary pep in their step, and had slowed to a methodical pace. With the Shoremen hanging around and gaining offensive chances, it was clear the halftime break was going to be a necessary time to refocus.
The Rockets responded by ratcheting up their effort across the field, outscored the Shoremen 7-3 over the final two periods and won 10-5. Senior attacker Jamie O’Leary led the way with six goals, and Maddock followed with three goals and an assist.
“In the second half I thought we just played better,” O’Leary said. “I just tried to stay confident and get myself open, and my teammates did a great job feeding me as well.”
Sophomore Jack Nageotte’s goal off a Henry Rankin clear and assist with 7:07 left in the third got things started on the right foot for Bay (5-1). As a team, it outshot Avon Lake 28-20 for the night.
“The second half, we just had a good talk with our captains and our coach (Brian Hare), and kind of just put it all back together,” O’Leary said. “We had a good team effort in the second half.”
The Shoremen (1-3) got two goals apiece from senior attacker Ryan Sabo and junior midfielder Ryan Sammon, and received a standout performance in the faceoff circle from sophomore Sam Mikolich (13-of-19), but were unable to match the more experienced Rockets as they gradually took control.
Shoremen coach Kevin Bresnahan thought his team had a letdown in the third, where they were outscored 3-2 and outshot 8-4.
“We didn’t play to our potential,” Bresnahan said. “I told the team I didn’t think this was a 10-5 game. It’s definitely something we can learn from…We’ve had a lot of close games at halftime, we were strong, and then we have bad third quarters. We need to come out strong in the third quarter like we do in the first quarter.”
A pair of O’Leary goals in the third were matched in quick fashion by scores from Sabo and Sammon, but O’Leary took over the game in the fourth, burying three shots in the first five minutes to put the Rockets ahead 9-4. Maddock’s goal with 1:40 left supplied even more cushion.
Senior goalie Cameron Shank finished with six saves for Bay, while sophomore Luke Farthing made eight saves for Avon Lake. The Rockets return to the field tonight to host Ottawa Hills at 7:30 p.m., while the Shoremen host Oregon Clay next Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
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