UNIONTOWN — Jacob Snell was one of South Carroll's football leaders at running back last fall, but he's taken on a "quarterback" role for the Cavaliers' lacrosse team this spring.
Snell, a senior, scored four goals for the Cavs in a 17-3 romp over Francis Scott Key at Key on Thursday. Adam McCarty had three goals and Noah Homayouni scored twice.
Dylan O'Neill and Jacob Wenczkowski each notched a goal and an assist for the Cavs (4-6, 2-2 in the county).
South Carroll's communication has been dialing in piece by piece. It showed on Thursday as the Cavs dominated from winning face-offs to picking up the loose balls.
"It's definitely progressed," Cavaliers coach Brad Widner said. "[Snell]'s someone to lean on to be that quarterback. Communicate, control the tempo on offense. If you see something you like, go for it. If you don't see something, let's pull it out, reset and try it again. Let's be very patient on offense."
The Cavs took their chances early, enough to pick up a 6-0 lead in the first half. FSK junior midfielder Bobby Sylves intercepted South Carroll goalie Jakob Janusz's pass and netted a goal to trim the deficit 6-1 with 9:27 left in the second quarter.
Widner's squad continued to control the pace of the game and the Cavs scored the next six goals, good for a 12-1 lead at the half. Three of those six tallies came within a minute and 15 seconds of each other — Snell was responsible for two.
Snell scored three of his four goals in the first half and McCarty scored two of three.
"We have a really young team so I want them to be more confident since they have a couple more years left in the program," Snell said. "I just have to tell them they can take the ball when they want it, not to be scared. We have a bunch of sophomores this season, only six seniors so we just have to keep working to keep their confidence up."
Added McCarty: "We're just starting to get used to each other and we have to know where we are on the field. I think that's why we're starting to play better."
The Cavs netted three more goals in the second half before Key sophomore attackman Cole LaPierre fired a shot to the back of the net as he fell backward to the ground. LaPierre came up big for the Eagles a second time with another goal with less than five minutes remaining.
Sam Kefauver made seven saves for Key (1-5, 0-3).
McCarty said he felt the Cavaliers had not yet played a full four quarters, like they're more than capable of doing. Thursday's game provided a good example of what the team can do when they play as a unit, he added.
Snell and McCarty were both on the team last season when SC advanced to the Class 2A-1A state final. The Cavs lost to Southern 20-7 and brought in a lot of fresh faces for the 2018 season.
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"We've worked all season to try to put together four quarters and this was a team that finally kept being consistent," Widner said. "That's what we've tried making in every practice and every game to try and get them to keep being consistent because we know this team has lots of potential. We've seen glimmers of it in different games but, as the other guys said, we put together four quarters today."
Goals: SC-Jacob Snell 4, Adam McCarty 3, Matthew McNally, Noah Homayouni 2, Dylan Wilson 2, Jacob Wenczkowski, Brett Finzel, Benjamin Hart, Lorenzo Brandani, Dylan O'Neill; FSK-Cole LaPierre 2, Bobby Sylves.
Assists: SC-Dylan O'Neill, Wenczkowski; FSK-none.
Saves: SC-1 (Jakob Janusz); FSK-10 (Sam Kefauver 7, Kyle Hoeflich 3).