Behind five multi-goal scorers, and six tallies in the second quarter alone, Howard boys lacrosse cruised to a 12-0 victory over visiting Reservoir Friday.
Brad Zulick (3), Scott Bruner (2), Cody Ford (2), Eric Schroeder (2) and Leo Sementilli (2) all found the back of the net on more than one occasion for the Lions, who start out the season 2-0 in Howard County play.
Goalie Trent Teodori stopped 14 shots for the Gators in the loss.
“Going into every game, we want to be aggressive on the hands, press out and make guys make mistakes,” said Howard coach Jimmy Creighton. “I think we were able to do that today.”
Howard’s Bruner said his team had been working on its defense all week, noting that the coaching staff even made a few tweaks anticipating Reservoir’s talented offensive attack.
“We just knew it was going to be a battle,” he added.
Reservoir (1-2) found itself playing from behind from the first faceoff. A few miscues on offense squandered the Gators’ opportunities to test Howard goalie Bryan Mauser (11 saves) very often in the opening quarter.
After letting up two scores in the first 12 minutes, Teodori still managed to collect six saves.
Still, when working against one of the county’s best faceoff specialists in John Travisano — who was 11 of 13 on the night — the Gators found it difficult to create offensive chances.
Then came the second quarter, when Zulick (3), Ford, Bruner and Schroeder all connected for the Lions, bringing the lead to 8-0 by halftime.
“They got some momentum, and they were shooting well,” said Reservoir coach Bryan Cole. “They have some guns on their team.”
In the second half, Reservoir was able to slow Howard from continuing to light up the scoreboard. Just as they did in the first quarter, the third and fourth each consisted of two more scores for the Lions.
Creighton said once his team buried a few shots, the confidence started to build. While the defense kept the ball out of the Gators’ possession for the majority of the game, it was a few key performances that really stood out for the coach.
“I thought Leo Sementilli had a really solid game for us,” Creighton said. “He was just really steady and he made no mistakes. That’s the kind of stuff we need from him.”
In addition to his two second-half goals, Sementilli scooped up four ground balls as well.
Cole and Creighton agreed that Friday night’s result was not going to be the norm for their respective teams.
Reservoir’s coach knows his guys will get better as the year goes along. On the other hand, the Lions’ head man said his squad deserved to celebrate the win, but even he knows that type of domination isn’t something any team can get used to seeing on a consistent basis.
“We can’t look at this like it’s going to happen every game,” he said. “We’re going to get scored on. But, obviously, it gives us a lot of confidence going forward.”
Howard 12, Reservoir 0
Goals: H – Brad Zulick (3), Cody Ford (2), Scott Bruner (2), Leo Sementilli (2), Eric Schroeder (2), John Travisano.