As the goals started piling up in the third quarter, Indian Creek's boys lacrosse team was on its way to redemption.
Facing the team that ended its season last year in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference semifinals, Indian Creek used a seven-goal run over a 10-minute span of the third quarter on its way to a 15-10 victory over Beth Tfiloh on Thursday. The Eagles never trailed, but the game was tied five times before the run.
"It was redemption day for what they did last year to us," said Indian Creek's Brian Lord, who scored two goals during the third-quarter run. "That really hurt our team last year, but we came back really hard and worked hard all offseason and from the first day of practice."
Beth Tfiloh's one-goal victory in last year's semifinals ended Indian Creek's shot at a third straight league title. The Warriors fell behind by three goals two minutes into the game, but quickly rallied to tie and fought back each time the Eagles went back ahead in the first half.
"The guys called it a redemption game. I try not to look at it that way because we're a different team and they're a different team," Indian Creek coach Jason Werner said. "We're focused on this year, but that made them dig a little bit deeper knowing that they knocked us off last year."
Lord finished with a team-high five goals and added an assist, while Langston Sheppard had two goals during the deciding run and finished with four goals and two assists. Sam Homick also scored twice in the third and finished with three goals and an assist."
"Our defense played tough, and in the third quarter we didn't have to play much of it," Werner said. "With the defense that we did play, they were taking quick shots and we were getting the ball out and clearing it."
After tying the game 45 seconds into the second half, Beth Tfiloh didn't score again until the 8:30 mark of the fourth quarter. Eagles goalie Ben Robertson, who finished with 10 saves, made a stop on Mitchell Cardin from in close at the 8:20 mark of the third, which led to a goal from Lord on other end to give Indian Creek a 10-7 lead. Robertson was also strong in the first half, including a pair of saves while the Warriors were on the extra man late in the first quarter of a 3-3 game.
"A scoring opportunity for us after a save is big," Werner said. "Those two-goal swings are big, and the more of those we can get is how we can separate from the other team."
Ben Sturgell added a pair of goals, McKenzie Jenkins had a goal and two assists, Sammy Carter had three assists and Michael Troese had a pair of key ground balls that led directly to goals for the Eagles, who improved to 6-1 in the conference with five games remaining.
"We just have to keep working hard and treat every game like it's a threat," Lord said. "They're a great team, but there's definitely other teams that can stick it to us."
GOALS: BT - Cardin 4, J. Tepper 2, Welfeld, Rosen, S. Tepper, Ross; IC - Lord 5, Sheppard 4, Homick 3, Sturgell 2, Jenkins. ASSISTS: BT - J. Tepper 2, Welfeld, Heyman; IC - Carter 3, Sheppard 2, Jenkins 2, Homick, Lord, Troese. SAVES: BT - Glazer 12,; IC - Robertson 10. SHOTS: BT - 29; IC - 42. FACEOFFS: BT - 14; IC - 12.