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Knight laxers rocket to 8-0 with wins over Laconia, H-B

ALEX BOUCHER tries to get away from a Laconia defender during action May 5 at The Nick. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
May 10, 2010
WOLFEBORO — The streak of double digit scoring came to an end, but the win streak didn't as the Kingswood boys' lacrosse team moved to 8-0 on the season with wins over Laconia and Hollis-Brookline last week.

The Knights played host to the Cavaliers on Friday, May 7, and while they didn't play as well as coach Matt Jozokos might have liked, they still came away with the 9-4 win.

"We were in control most of the game," Jozokos said. "We weren't thrilled with the way we played, but we came out with a win."

The Knights jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one period of play, but the Cavaliers scored a couple of goals that probably shouldn't have gone in the net to make it close.

However, the long pole defenders did a good job for the Knights, slowing down the Cavalier attackers for much of the game.

"They are a scrappy team," Jozokos said. "And we kind of played down to that scrappy instead of up to our standards."

The Knights hit the post four or five times and missed a couple of close shots that normally would've found the net, meaning the score might not have reflected the Knights' relative dominance on the field.

Kingswood had a big game with Laconia on Wednesday, May 5, as the Sachems were coming off their first loss of the season and were likely looking to get back on track.

However, Kingswood set the tone early, scoring a goal 1:15 in and netting 10 in the first half on the way to a 16-3 win over the Sachems at The Nick.

Derek Brockney scored the first of what would be eight goals on the afternoon with just 1:15 gone in the first period, as he took a Matt Boucher pass and drilled it in the net for a 1-0 lead.

The Knights kept pressuring, as Brockney sent a shot wide and Andrew Souther had a nice steal to keep Laconia out of the offensive attack zone.

The Sachems did get a power play chance but couldn't muster up a good scoring chance on Knight goalie Mike Bernier.

With 8:10 to go, Tate Jozokos doubled the Kingswood lead with his first tally of the game. While Laconia made a bid to cut into the lead, it was the Knights who got the next goal, as Boucher converted on a pass from Jake Vontz for a 3-0 lead with 6:07 to play in the first period.

Colin Piper, Andy Hamill, Brockney and Boucher all had good chances as the period went on, but it was Brockney who got the Knights' next goal, as he drilled one home with 1:13 to play in the quarter.

The Knights wasted no time getting on the board in the second period, as Jozokos found Boucher just seconds into the period for a 5-0 lead.

Laconia had a little bit of pressure on a power play and kept the pressure on as they searched for their first goal. The Sachems finally did get on the board, netting a goal with 7:54 to play in the half.

However, Brockney got that goal back just 50 seconds later, as he drilled a beautiful shot to the back of the net on an assist from Piper to make it 6-1.

Vontz had a shot saved and Jozokos hit the post as the Knights continued to throw everything in the offensive zone. Brockney netted another one with 4:17 to play for a 7-1 lead, with Hamill getting an assist.

Brockney scored another with 3:15 to play on another pass from Hamill. Brockney then got in the assist column, feeding Piper just 21 seconds later for a 9-1 lead. Piper added another score with 1:35 to play, with Hamill assisting, giving Kingswood a 10-1 lead at halftime.

Brockney netted a shorthanded goal 45 seconds into the third period for an 11-1 lead, then added another shorthanded goal with 8:31 to play for a 12-1 lead.

The game went to running time with 5:01 to play in the third quarter, as Jozokos fired one home on an assist from Hamill to make it 13-1.

Brockney scored another on an assist from Piper with 4:05 to play, but the Sachems answered seconds later to make it 14-2, which is the way the period ended.

Hamill netted a goal 32 seconds into the third quarter for a 15-2 lead, though Laconia added a goal with 6:30 to play in the game. Jozokos finished out the scoring with a tally from Piper with 4:30 to play.

"The game plan was to jump out with three or four quick ones and make them play a style they didn't want to play," Jozokos said. "It was a good all-around effort."

The Knight coach praised Tate Jozokos and Vontz for their hard work in the face-off circle, which allowed the Knights to control the ball for a good chunk of the game.

"The kids are playing well," Jozokos pointed out. "They're doing everything we want them to do in the game. If you play good defense, offense will come."

The Knights, who moved to 8-0 with the win, hosted Gilford and Plymouth after deadline Monday and Wednesday and will host Lebanon at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 14.

"It's a good week to see where we stand, as all three are playoff teams," Jozokos said.

The Knights will head to Milford for a game on Monday, May 17, at 4:15 p.m. and will visit Gilford on Wednesday, May 19, at 4 p.m.

Klumb Environmenta;
Varney Smith
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