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Knights best Eagles for second time

KINGSWOOD’S DEREK BROCKNEY prepares to scoop up a ground ball, as teammate Matt Boucher looks on and Kennett’s Matt Kelly tries to defend. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
May 03, 2010
WOLFEBORO — For the second time on the young season, the Kingswood and Kennett boys' lacrosse teams did battle and for the second time this season, the Knights came away with a win over their county rivals from the north.

"If they have the ball, we can't score," said Kennett coach Matt Haley, summing up the predicament the Eagles were in. "They controlled the ball 90 percent of the time."

"We got a quick lead, that's what we were hoping for," Kingswood coach Matt Jozokos said. "Then we play keep away for a little bit."

The Knight coach noted, that with only two offensive lines available, a key way to rest players is to simply move the ball around a lot without moving much, giving players a break on offense so they won't be as tired when they have to go back on defense.

Kingswood wasted no time getting on the clock on their home field, as Matt Boucher took a feed from Tate Jozokos and buried it behind substitute goalie Matt Halupowski, filling in for an injured Bryan Lamontagne, just 35 seconds into the game.

Just 2:01 into the game Alex Boucher made it 2-0 in favor of the Knights, as he buried a power play goal on an assist from Colin Piper.

Kingswood upped the lead to 3-0 with 3:45 gone in the contest as Derek Brockney found the back of the net.

Kennett finally got a chance to bring the ball down the field and had some offensive chances, with Ricky Gaudreau getting the best chance, but his shot was denied by Kingswood keeper Mike Bernier.

Kingswood however, upped the lead the 5-0 on back-to-back goals by Tate Jozokos (from Andy Hamill) and Matt Boucher just minutes a part.

The Knight lead jumped to 6-0 when Brockney netted his second of the game on an assist from Piper, who made a nice fast break up the field following a great steal by Hamill in the defensive end.

Chris Andreani finally got Kennett on the board late in the first quarter, as he took the ball in off the face-off and fired it past Bernier to make it 6-1.

The two teams exchanged scoring bids, with Max Brennick blocking a Jozokos shot and Halupowski stopping another shot by Piper, while Bernier turned away a Kennett attack, sending the game to the second period with Kingswood up 6-1.

Matt Boucher scored a shorthanded goal less than a minute into the second period to up the lead to 7-1, with Jozokos assisting.

Andreani got the goal back very quickly, as he scored just 58 seconds into the frame to make it 7-2.

However, a nice pass by Sam Walsh to Brockney set up another Kingswood goal and the host Knights had an 8-2 lead.

The Knights began running their offense a bit, with solid ball movement. Piper and Brockney finally took shots after a long possession. However, it was Hamill who netted the next Knight goal, as he ripped a shot from the top of the circle for a 9-2 lead. Brockney assisted on the tally.

Matt Boucher then converted off a Cam Whitcomb steal at midfield to put the Knights up 10-2.

The lead leaped to 11-2 after Halupowski made a great save on a Brockney shot in close. However, Piper was on the doorstep for the rebound and scooped it into the net.

Finally, good ball possession and movement led to Jozokos netting a goal in the final minute of the half for a 12-2 halftime lead. Dakota Treloar got the helper on the tally.

The Knights killed off almost three minutes on the clock before netting their first goal of the second half. Jozokos put the ball home for a 13-2 lead.

Kennett got a power play moments later and Gaudreau had a couple of chances sail wide and Gabe Lee also sent a shot wide.

Chris Low got the Eagles back on the board with his first tally of the game and Andreani followed that up with his third goal, making it 13-4 in favor of the Knights.

Liam Duggan had a good chance for Kennett's fifth goal, but Bernier denied him the power lay bid and the Knights got the next tally, as Matt Boucher ripped the ball home on an assist from Brockney following a nice run up the field from Max Gustafson.

Jack Brennan took a nice feed from Andreani and had a clear shot in close, but Bernier turned away the bid and the score remained 14-4. Gaudreau and Josh Potter had shots for Kennett and Piper and Hamill had chances for Kingswood, but nobody else scored in the closing minutes of the third period.

Piper upped the lead to 15-4 quickly in the fourth quarter on an assist from Brockney and after Halupowski made a nice save on a Brockney scoring bid, Matt Boucher made it 16-4 and running time was in place.

Brockney scored again for a 17-4 lead and Alex Vaillancourt replaced Bernier in the Kingswood net.

Matt Boucher took a feed from Hamill for an 18-4 lead.

The Eagles got the final two goals of the game, as Andreani netted them both, putting one in with 2:18 on the clock and the other in as the final 10 seconds ticked away, making the final 18-6 in favor of the Knights.

"We're really struggling with controlling the ball on the defensive end and the offensive end," Haley said. "We need to pick up the intensity if we're ever going to win."

He noted that his team stepped it up a bit in the third quarter, but admitted it was too little, too late.

"We've got to come right out of the gate and do that," he said.

Jozokos noted that one of his team's goals was to get the number of penalties down from the previous meeting of the two teams and his squad accomplished that. He also praised his team's defense for their hard work.

"The defense is doing a great job with the long poles, so when they do get shots, it's from further out," he said. "And Mike has been making the saves he needs to make."

More Eagles

The Eagles couldn't get on the winning side of the scoreboard on Tuesday, April 27, falling to Lebanon 9-8 in a dreary, rainy North Conway.

The Eagles led in the final few minutes, but couldn't put the Raiders away.

Kennett also had a solid game at Hollis-Brookline on Friday, April 30, but couldn't hang on and fell to the Cavaliers.

Next up for Kennett is a Monday, May 10, home game with Plymouth at 4:30 p.m. On Wednesday, May 12, the Eagles head to Pembroke for a 4 p.m. game.

More Knights

Kingswood upped its season record to 6-0 with a convincing 19-1 win over Stevens on the road on Wednesday, April 28.

The Knights will be back in action on Friday, May 7, when they travel to Hollis-Brookline for a 4:15 p.m. game. On Monday, May 10, the boys will host Gilford at 4 p.m. and on Wednesday, May 12, they will host Plymouth at 4:30 p.m.

Klumb Environmenta;
Varney Smith
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