The defending Class 4A-3A champion Westminster boys lacrosse team is familiar with weather delays disrupting its plans in the playoffs.

Before capturing last year's state title against South River, the Owls had to come back a second day before they could celebrate.

It happened again Monday night in their Class 4A North region District 1 title game at Howard, as play was suspended after thunder and lightning started at halftime.

In a battle of 15-0 teams, the visiting No. 8 Owls had a 5-3 halftime lead against the No. 9 Lions before play was suspended.


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As the teams were ready to step onto the field for the third quarter, inclement weather suspended play for 30 minutes. After more thunder and lightning followed, the game was postponed until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

It will pickup at the start of the third quarter with the Owls up, 5-3.

"This is a great lacrosse game — back and forth with two good teams going at it," Westminster coach Steve DeFeo said. "You just have to deal with the situation and move forward. It's just like anything else in life — if you can't control it, you can't control it. We'll regroup tonight, talk about things and come back and give them our best shot."

The Lions came into the game yielding only 2.2 goals per game, but the Owls showed in the first half that they would be able to break through on attack.

With the game tied at 2 going into the second quarter, Westmunster scored three straight goals — senior Ryan Hursey accounting for two goals and an assist in the run — to claim a 5-2 lead before the Lions answered with a goal from Cody Ford to cut the margin to two goals just before halftime.

When Westminster senior midfielder Jesse Uhlman ripped a shot from 15 yards — taking a pass from Hursey — for the middle goal in the Owls' run that made it 4-2, it was the first time all season the Lions trailed by more than a goal.

The only other time they were behind came early against Atholton, when the Raiders scored the game's first goal.

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