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LCH Wins 2 at X-Over #1, Improves to 8-0

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Jan. 14, 2008

The Lacrosse Club of Hogtowne picked up two victories this past weekend to improve to 8-0 on the season.  The first game pitted Hogtowne against a depleted Palm Beach Lacrosse Club.  Hogtowne scored early and often and led 8-3 at the break.  After a brief Palm Beach run in the 3rd quarter to close the gap to 11-6.  Sparked by a phenomenal low-to high rip by midfielder Brian Corrente, LCH outscored Palm beach 7-2 in the final 20 minutes of the game to seal the victory.  With the victory, LCH (somewhat) avenged a tough 9-8 loss in the seminfinals of the 2007 FLL Playoffs.

After a great tourney party and some much needed rest, Hogtowne took on reigning league champion Ft. Lauderdale.  Hogtowne would strike first, as attackman Tony Williams netted his first of 5 goals on a fast break.  Lauderdale would answer and then some, holding a 3-2 lead at the end of the first period.  The second quarter would see more of the same as Lauderdale took advantage of their scoring opportunities and led 5-3 at the half.

It looked like Lauderdale was going to slowly grind out a victory when they scored their 6th goal midway through the third period to extend their lead to 6-3.  Hogtowne got two crucial momentum-swinging goals in the 2nd half of the third quarter, the first off a tough ride which saw LSM Mark Furey strip the Lauderdale goalie and ended with midfielder Brian Corrente finding attackman Tony Williams for the goal.  The goal that brought LCH within 1 came on a Jeff Rant dodge and dump to Tony Williams with only :09 left in the third quarter.  

Momentum had clearly swung in the direction of Hogtowne, who took a 7-6 lead off goals from Rant and attackman Rob Digiore.  Lauderdale tied the game at 7 on a crafty shovel shot goal from attackman Bo Lamon.  LCH went man-up for the final 17 seconds of regulation but failed to find the back of the net.  LSM Chris Capizzi stepped up and stripped a Lauderdale midfielder and Hogtowne was able to gain posession just before time expired.

Hogtowne started with posession and a man-up opportunity in overtime, but Lauderdale's D rose to the challenge and cleared the ball to their offensive zone.  Hogtowne attackman Jim Sparazza ended up in the undesirable position of "attackman guarding midfielder on defense" and stepped up big, stuffing his man, putting the ball on the turf which initiated a Capizzi to Barros to Williams to the back of the net, game-over transition.

 Many thanks to the Tampa Thunder for putting on a great crossover tourney and party.

 

 

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