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SILVER SPRING—The Blair High School lacrosse team entered April 5 with one win as they visited Springbrook on their home field in a division rivalry, looking to build momentum with a second victory.
The game was neck-and-neck with both teams tied at the end of the first half. But with the score 10-10 in the third quarter, the Blazers soon took over, firing in six fourth-quarter goals to earn a key 20-12 road win.
“We had some struggles offensively early on in the season, especially in the second half,” said Blair Head Coach Josh Blockstein. “So it was great to see some adjustments. We came out with a lot of energy since the first whistle.”
Both teams put up four goals in the first quarter with senior attackman Joey Dietrich completing an early hat trick and attackman Max Hansberry scoring the other goal for Springbrook. For the Blazers, senior midfielder Garrett Anderson and junior attackman Aiden Rogers fired two shots each into the net. One of the goals Rogers scored was a low shot that sneaked past the Springbrook’s goalie.
The tie continued into the second quarter with both teams scoring four goals apiece. The highlight of the quarter was Blue Devils sophomore attackman Brady Mason slipping and falling with the ball but getting back up to fire away for a goal.
However, it would be Blair senior midfielder Calvin Bruwelheide’s night as he scored six total goals, including two in the second quarter and four in the second half. It was Bruwelheide’s first game since his sophomore year due to a two-year-long injury.
“I’m hyped to be back,” said Bruwelheide. “I was just so hyped to be back out there with my boys, my family, and there’s nothing like it, especially on this field.”
Additionally, Anderson fired four total shots into the net to kill off the game in favor of the Blazers.
“Any game we can play better than we did,” said Anderson. “But this game, I’m just happy that we’re all back. We got the family back and we’re firing on all cylinders.”
For Springbrook, Dietrich and Hansberry finished with four goals each in the losing effort.
“I feel like I gave everything I had,” said Hansberry. “But still got to do more, put in more effort, because it wasn’t enough to get the win.”