SILVER SPRING- Whitman came and dominated Tuesday night against Springbrook with a 10-3 victory over the Blue Devils.
Springbrook lost in its season home opener, a game that started off as what seemed like an evenly matched contest but quickly turned to a struggle for the Blue Devils.
“It’s the first game of the season. That Whitman team is a very, very strong team, they’re strong every year. We’re very young, inexperienced at the game of lacrosse, but I do have a ton of athletes out here and I’m very proud of them,” said Springbrook head coach Darren Murray.
Midfielder Owen Rogges started off with the first goal of the night, leaving Springbrook to quickly play a solid defensive game to endure the speedy Whitman squad.
Attacker Eric Boco followed up and equalized minutes later, however, leading to the closest moment Springbrook had to take the lead the entire night.
But in this first quarter, both teams showed room for improvement, with struggles to keep possession of the ball and ground balls becoming common.
Whitman returned after the short intermission with renewed focus, scoring three goals before attacker Cameron Reed for Springbrook broke their streak.
A pass from midfielder Billy Madden after he bobbed and wove through the Whitman defense to Reed gave them the second goal of the night.
Madden was instrumental in giving the team a glimmer of hope and gifting the audience with agility that routinely frustrated the Whitman players.
After a goal from midfielder Jonathon Gardner to notch up another one for Whitman, Madden came back and lobbed a shot from the far right through a crowded defense to give Springbrook their third, and last, goal of the night.
“If we scored more on the man-ups I think we could have had a really good chance at this game,” said attacker Nick Stennett.
After halftime, the pressure that Springbrook put on Whitman was not enough, as Whitman kept the home team scoreless as they scored five more over the course of the second half.
Their passing game became more accurate, and Whitman walled around their goal to provide an effective barrier against even the speediest of the Blue Devils.
The strong Whitman defense made the Springbrook offense play a passing game until they lost possession.
The last quarter seemed like a relief for Springbrook, as halfway through Whitman stayed scoreless, but two goals from Rogges and Gardner broke the very brief dry spell to end the game at 10-3.
“We just wanted to possess the ball, relax, play good, sound, fundamental lacrosse, picking up ground balls, good defense, that’s pretty much it, nothing fancy, just pretty vanilla, keep it clean and get out of here unscathed,” said Tommy Rothert.