It wasn’t a perfect performance by the Broadneck boys lacrosse team, but it was enough for them to get by Arundel on Friday night at Lawrence E. Knight Stadium in Annapolis.
Junior Davis Fisher recorded three goals and an assist, senior Aiden Doyle tallied three goals and senior Mitch Murray added two goals and a helper as the Bruins took the lead for good on Fisher’s first goal at the 4:13 mark of the first quarter en route to an 11-7 win.
“I actually don’t think we played that great tonight, but as I just told them, a win is a win,” Broadneck coach Jeff McGuire said. “We wanted to take care of business at home this week, and we did that.
“It definitely feels good with the direction the whole program is moving in. We definitely saw who can step up when things get tight.”
Doyle scored two of his goals in the opening 4:32 of the game, but Zach Harris and Makhi Jobes answered those goals for the Wildcats to tie the score at two.
Fisher’s two goals, along with a Murray marker and a Sam Kelley extra-man strike started a 4-0 Broadneck run that spanned between the first and second quarter to pace the Bruins to a 6-2 advantage, but Jobes netted his second as the teams went into intermission with the Bruins ahead 6-3.
“[Fisher] rides like hell and that’s what we love. It gets him opportunities, whether it’s off the dodge or off a hard ride or cutting off a pick on the crease,” McGuire said of the lefty attackman.
“He definitely steps up when we need him to.”
Broadneck’s sophomore Ryan Della and junior Tyler Gilbert started the third quarter with unassisted goals, but Arundel wouldn’t go away as Jack Schuette scored off a feed from Jobes and Mason Kolesar delivered a goal with seven ticks remaining on the third quarter clock, cutting the deficit to 8-5.
Once again, the Bruins (2-1) started the quarter strong, with Doyle and Fisher each securing their hat tricks in the first five minutes of the stanza.
“[Doyle] is a big righty shooter who is the voice of Bruins offense,” McGuire said. “Right after halftime we talked about getting ground balls. The goalie stuffed us on the crease and Aiden answered the door, scooped up a ground ball in the crease. That’s a tough one to finish right in front. Definitely proud about that and it set the tone for the final quarter.”
Noah Bell got a goal back for the Wildcats, but Murray collected his second with 3:39 left in the game as the guests were desperate over the final 12 minutes. However, the Wildcats were flagged for a pair of penalties down the stretch, allowing Broadneck to basically play keep away for a 1:11 span of the clock. Harris notched a goal with 44 seconds left but there wasn’t enough seconds remaining to avoid Arundel (2-1) suffering its first defeat.
Jobes finished with two goals and two assists, while goalkeeper Connor Newell kept the Wildcats in the game, facing 24 shots and making 10 saves, with some being point-blank opportunities. Faceoff specialist Matteo Ciccerello won 11 of 21 draws, sometimes coming out of a stalemated scrum with possession.
“[Connor] stood on his head. He kept us in this game, both saving the ball and clearing the ball. He’s the heart-and-soul down there. He had our back all night,” Arundel coach Bobby Baur said. “That is [Matteo’s] offseason hard work. He definitely pushed himself to get better. He gave us the ball to give us a chance to play offense. That’s what we ask him to do.”
Each team seemed to turn the ball over equally, showing the effects of just being three games into a shortened season.
“Give credit to them. They capitalized on our mistakes,” Baur added. “They were able to push in transition. They made some great plays in transition and we couldn’t stop them on defense. If we could get them settled, we could play with them 6-v-6. We learn from those mistakes and move forward.”
Broadneck’s sophomore goalkeeper Colin Gray made six saves out of 20 shots that came his way, with nine fired his direction in the final quarter.
Overall, McGuire thought his team could perform better in several areas of the game.
“We could have definitely executed ground balls, clears and honestly just remaining disciplined on offense and finishing,” he said. “All the respect to their goalie. He played a great game. We hit him early and then any goalie, that will heat them up and get them hot. He picked up from there and had confidence. We have to shoot better, scoop the ball and clear.”