The Broadneck boys lacrosse team played almost flawlessly Friday night against visiting Arundel by controlling the majority of loose balls, shutting down the Wildcats' offense with crunching checks and capitalizing on its opportunities on the attack.
The Bruins are looking to make a deep run in the playoffs with seven returning seniors, and their poise and some big plays by underclassmen were the difference in the 10-4 victory.
Sophomore Mark Brashears led Broadneck with four goals, and senior goalie Houston Zemanski came up big with nine saves when Arundel managed to find an opening in Broadneck's aggressive defense.
"We moved the ball around well, and everyone is pitching in," Brashears said. "Our goalie play and defense were good. They were helping us with the transition."
Brian Malenich opened the scoring for Broadneck (2-0) two minutes into the game when he bounced a shot past Arundel goalie Michael Vazquez. The Bruins then began to pull away with three goals in the second quarter.
Brashears took a pass from Phil White and beat Vazquez (21 saves) with a shot to the top far corner of the goal with 10 minutes left in the half. Brashears and White then scored six minutes apart, and the Bruins led 4-0 at the half.
"Arundel's goalie did a great job of keeping them in the game," Broadneck coach Clay White said. "They are athletic, and their defense played really well. We were getting quality shots. Our defense did a good job on their attack, and our [midfielders] controlled the loose ball."
Sean Fitzgerald, a Towson University recruit who scored 35 goals last season, finally got Arundel (1-1) on the board with a man-advantage goal with 9:15 remaining in the third quarter. Brashears answered by scoring his third goal three minutes later.
James Mullis and Kyle Colleran each scored two goals in the second half and Brashears added a late one to round out the scoring for the Bruins.
Alex Ball and Colin Snyder added late goals for Arundel.