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Boys Lacrosse: Drenner, Owls run past Falcons

Sprinting down the field with the ball in his stick, Ryan Drenner looked like Magic Johnson leading the "Showtime" Lakers down the court.

Only instead of a basketball, Drenner held a lacrosse ball and was flanked by the likes of Jesse Uhlman and Ryan Hursey, not James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

It was the Owls' fast-break offense that turned a sluggish opening minutes into a blowout as they cruised past city rival Winters Mill 18-5 on Thursday night.

Drenner, the county's leading scorer last season, tallied six goals and four assists on the night to lead the visiting Owls (9-0, 4-0 county) who initially were dealing with a Winters Mill (7-3, 4-1) squad that was trying to slow the game down.

"It's difficult especially on attack when you just have to watch them stall down on the other end," Drenner said. "That's frustrating but you just have to finish on the opportunities that you do get and build momentum off of those.

"The sky is the limit on fast breaks, we practice those all the time."

Drenner tallied the game's first score, but the Falcons answered less than three minutes later on a Zane Pusateri goal and the game was knotted at 1-1.

But it was about to get out of hand for the Falcons. Scoring two goals in the last 1 minute, 27 seconds of the first quarter, the Owls started rolling and reeled off six straight goals before WM finally got back on the board.

"I think we are pretty dangerous. We have a lot of attackmen who can finish the ball," Westminster's Jesse Uhlman said. "We work on it in practice a lot so I think it pays off."

While the win was significant for county standings, it carried a little extra weight for Westminster's juniors and seniors. Before Thursday night, the last time the Owls had beaten Winters Mill was 2009.

"It feels awesome really. Honestly it's the best feeling I've had in a while," Uhlman said.

Three different Owls tallied at least three goals with Uhlman notching four and Hunter Davis scoring three to join with Drenner. Facing a team with some dangerous options on offense, the Owls defense was quick on their sliding and excelled at penalty killing.

Since opening the season with a tight 12-11 overtime victory over South Carroll, the Owls have been dominant. Since that contest, they have outscored their opponents by a margin of 124-29 and beating them right now seems like a huge challenge for opposing teams.

"I think for the seniors it was a big game but I think overall for the whole team it was important," Owls coach Steve DeFeo said. "Obviously we have county [implications] going on and we would like to walk away with winning counties. It's very important to them."

Goals: W-Ryan Drenner 6, Jesse Uhlman 4, Hunter Davis 3, Ryan Hursey 2, C.J. Nichols, Brian Kohr, Nick McDonough; WM-Chase Cullison 2, Zane Pusateri, Kevin Pixler, Ryan Ackerman.

Assists: W-Hursey 4, Drenner 4, Uhlman, Nichols; WM-Pusateri, Cullison.

Saves: W-4 (Ryan Aler); WM-12 (Ben Chase 6, Ian Baker 6).

Halftime: Westminster, 8-2.

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