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April 10, 2014

Athens Drive boys lacrosse mounts huge rally, downs Holly Springs

Basketball coaches are wont to describe their contests as a “game of runs,” so it should be no surprise when the same applies to a sport that shares many of the same principles – boys lacrosse.

Basketball coaches are wont to describe their contests as a “game of runs,” so it should be no surprise when the same applies to a sport that shares many of the same principles – boys lacrosse.

In a game where “back-and-forth” took its sweet time to alternate from one to the other, Athens Drive held off Holly Springs 13-9 on Thursday. There were five tidal waves of momentum shifts in the game that was postponed from March 28 in the second quarter.

Athens Drive (7-2, 7-2) doubled its 1-0 with the first goal of the second quarter, but Holly Springs (5-4, 5-4) answered with seven straight before and lead 7-3 at halftime.

The Jaguars roared back, scoring nine in a row across three quarters to lead 11-7. Holly Springs inched into it with back-to-back goals but Athens’ final two goals sealed the win.

“Our coach always says it’s a game of runs, but it’s never been that extreme. I mean seven goals (in a row) and then nine goals, I mean what can you ask for? I’ve never been a part of a game like this,” said Athens Drive’s Scott Baird (three goals, one assist).

Athens Drive coach Jeff Salvado, the Jaguars’ fifth coach in as many seasons, said the turning point was when sophomore faceoff specialist Peyton Smith got rolling in the second half.

“I’ve got to hand it to my wings, they helped me out a lot tonight. I knew we were down four goals (at half), but I knew we needed motivation and we needed a jump-start in this game,” Smith said.

“Once Peyton started winning faceoffs we knew we could control possession. We just had to play our pace and play our game,” Justin Moody (four goals) said.

Holly Springs coach Doug Greenberg has 13 freshmen and sophomores this year.

“They’re a young group but they’re very talented. A lot of it comes with practice, a lot of these kids have never played with older boys but they’re getting physical and catching up to the speed of the game,” senior Will Forrestal said. “They’re improving every day, by leaps and bounds.”

For the Jags: Baird had three goals and one assist, Matt Balog had one goal and two assists, Will Densmore had three goals, Conor Gronbach had one goal and three assists, Brock Martin had two goals, Justin Moody had four goals and Bobby Padden had one goal.

For the Golden Hawks: Mason Boone had five goals, Justin Boone had two, Davis Ferguson had two goals and one assist and Forrestal had two assists.

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