ROCKVILLE — It was a tit-for-tat battle of attrition between the Rockville Rams varsity boys lacrosse team and the visiting Magruder Colonels Friday night that ended in victory for the Rams, 7-5.
Both teams played a strong defensive game and, as the game went on, the possibility of overtime loomed closer.
“The defense definitely played very well, they helped out the offense a lot,” said junior Rams midfielder Jonathan Brake.
First blood went to Rockville when they scored first, but the Colonels tied it up to start the back-and-forth pattern of scoring for the rest of the match.
The Colonels had a stalwart defense bulked up by junior goalkeeper Jacob Gemma, whose performance Friday night was one of the main reasons that the Rams’ final lead was not as wide.
Junior midfielder Cory Bernstein hit first for Magruder in the second quarter when he bobbed and weaved through the Rams to hand his team their first lead of the night.
Not to be outdone, junior Rams attacker Mark Schaefer tied it up for Rockville right before halftime with a close range shot.
Two goals from senior midfielder Brendan Reid were the only points posted for the Colonels, while freshman midfielder Timmy Kren and junior midfielder Ryan Kelly scored two for the Rams for another tied quarter.
Rockville broke through the stalemate and took advantage of lapses in the Magruder defense to give them a narrow but sufficient two-point lead in the fourth quarter. Kren completed his hat trick with two goals and Schaefer made one shot to complete the round of scoring for the Rams.
“Tonight, he was actually having a bad game,” said Rockville head coach Jesse Rutter about Kren. “I told him ‘just keep with it just keep with it, one play will break you out.’ And he made that one big goal that gave us the lead and he really helped us to victory.”
The lone score for the Colonels in the fourth quarter came off of Reid and completed his hat trick, the only other player to score a hat trick in the game.
In a last-ditch effort, the Colonels tried to penetrate the Rams’ defense, but the home team parked the bus and held off until the final whistle.
“It’s not over until the last whistle blows,” said Magruder head coach Greg Lyons.