Broadneck boys lacrosse holds off Howard, 11-10

The final horn couldn’t have come soon enough for Broadneck’s boys lacrosse team on Tuesday.
After leading by as many as seven goals three minutes into the fourth quarter, the Bruins watched Howard come storming back and were forced to hang for an 11-10 victory.
Broadneck (3-0) had an 11-5 lead with 5 minutes, 7 seconds left in the game, but Howard scored five straight goals to pull within one with 1:37 left. Howard won the ensuing faceoff, but Willem Benson made the biggest of his 16 saves with a minute left and the Bruins were able to gain possession and eventually ran out the clock.
“We have a ton of respect for Howard and they’re a tough out every time,” Broadneck coach Clay White said. “Give them credit, they have a lot of heart. I knew we weren’t safe at the six-minute mark. They showed what they’re capable of doing.”
Howard (2-1) had a 2-1 lead 10 seconds into the second quarter, but the Bruins scored twice before halftime and took a 3-2 lead to the locker room.
After scoring two of Broadneck’s three first-half goals, Nick Tobin scored twice in the third quarter and the Bruins began to pour it on. Tim Oslislo, Ben Berquist, Connor Frederick and Carter Hall each added goals in the third for Broadneck, which took a seemingly-comfortable 9-3 lead to the fourth.
“I was really proud of our guys,” White said. “We were attacking the (short sticks) and we were absolutely patient with our offense.”
The Bruins took their biggest lead of the game when Hall scored his second at the 9:03 mark of the fourth. Ben O’Connor and Nathan Handwerk scored for Howard to make it a 10-5 game with 5:39 left, but Berquist scored on a feed from Vinny Facciponti to put Broadneck back up by six with 5:07 left.
Howard got back in the game thanks to the work of Felix Knorr, who continued to dominate on faceoffs well into the fourth and finished the game 20 for 24.
Kendall Cooper and Handwerk scored 10 seconds apart to make it 11-7, followed by back-to-back goals from Will Rund that made it 11-9 with 1:56 left. Knorr won another faceoff that led to another goal from Handwerk to make it 11-10 at the 1:37 mark, but the Lions weren’t able to get the equalizer.

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“Our kids played hard for the last five minutes of the game,” Howard coach Jimmy Creighton said. “The problem is a lacrosse game is 48 minutes long and we waited a little too long to start playing the game we’re capable of playing.”
Tobin finished with four goals and two assists, Berquist had two goals and two assists and Hall and Oslislo each added a pair of goals for the Bruins, who were coming off an overtime victory over Southern on Friday after a two-goal victory over Annapolis to start the season.
“All three of our games have been close,” White said. “We played with a lot more poise tonight than in our other two games.”
Handwerk scored five goals and Rund finished with a pair for Howard, which also lost to Broadneck by a goal last year.
“This is just real tough competition,” Creighton said. “It puts both teams in a situation where you know you have to prepare really well. There really is no game off in either of our schedules.”

Broadneck — 11, Howard (2-0, 2-1) — 10

GOALS: HO - Handwerk 5, Rund 2, Cooper, O'Connor, Knorr; BN - Tobin 4, Berquist 2, C. Hall 2, Oslislo 2, Frederick. ASSISTS: BN - Tobin 2, Berquist 2, Schwob, Facciponti. SAVES: HO - Hubbard 6; BN - Benson 16. SHOTS: HO - 34; BN - 19. FACEOFFS: HO - 20; BN - 4; GROUND BALLS: HO - 18; BN - 11


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