The Junior Jay Varsity beat the Cobra Lacrosse Team 14-0 on a sunny, breezy day where the team held a cookout and garage sale. CP was supposed to host Aberdeen Lacrosse to play a round-robin series of games, but the Cyclonic bomb dumped 24 inches of snow on parts of South Dakota and they could not make it.
The Junior Jay offense jumped out to a commanding 6 goal first quarter thanks to Mark Mausbach’s four goal first quarter. Mark’s hat trick happened in 8 minutes and 22 seconds. Not to shabby. Other Junior Jays finding the net in the first quarter was Senior David Spitzenberger and Sophomore Ben Jones. Ben Jones stepped in for Max King and played very well. More on that later.
Second Quarter started off with more of the same. Ben Jones snagged the only goal of the quarter at the 11:31 mark left in the period. Then we seemed to want to see how many Prep players could fit into the penalty box at a time. The answer is 3. Three penalties can be served at one time. The man down unit had a lot of work in the second period. At one point, we had to sub in Javier Macias to play goal and be three men down. Our man down unit held off a 3-man advantage and we emerged giving up no goals. The Jays took a 7-0 advantage into halftime.
Needless to say, the half time speech was a little spirited by the coaches. “Any good team would have picked up apart being man down so much in the second quarter” mentioned Coach Stoll. “I am still not sure how we dodged that bullet” said Coach Haney. “It’s not like we practice two-man down defense a lot, but three man down is something we never practice”. Perhaps we may need to start?!?
The message was sent and the team settled down to push our lead at the end of the third quarter to 12-0. David Spitzenberger and Ben Jones finished their hat tricks in the 3rd quarter. This was Ben Jones first varsity hat trick. Not bad when you consider he had no idea he was playing this much let alone make his first start against Cobra varsity. “Ben stepped into the starting lineup and then really stepped up his game. The coaches look forward to more games like this from Ben” stated Coach Grosskurth. Other jays finding the back of the net in the 3rd quarter were Sophomore Trey Dethlefs and senior Ethan Yale. “Having a tall, lanky lefty attackman is great. Being that tall, Ethan has such a long reach and can really stretch across the crease for those point-blank shots. So handy to have on that side.” Remarked Coach Haney.
Fourth quarter had our juniors who were taking the ACT exam found their way to the field. Throwing, fresh talented players against Cobra at that point was almost a little bit mean. Our juniors played hard, but without a solid warm-up, we sort of just ran around a bit and pulled them back out. Fourth quarter saw Freshman Will Wharton grab a goal and Ethan Yale finished the scoring with 4:34 left in the game.
The Junior Jay scorers were led Mark Mausbacj (4 goals and 3 assists) David Spitzenberger (3 goals and 1 assist), Ben Jones (3 goals), Ethan Yale (2 goals), Trey Dethlefs and Will Wharton both added a goal. Max King added an assist on our last goal of the day. The Junior Jay Defense was led by Trey Dethlefs (5 ground balls), David Spitzenberger (4 ground balls), Andrew Forbes (3 ground balls), Mac Nelson, Will Wharton, Tommy Barrett, Max King, Ethan Yale all added two ground balls. Mark Mausbach, Ben Newell, Alex Kontz, Ben Jones, Nate Hauser, Joe Buckley all added a single ground ball. Jack Abt had 11 saves and Javier Macias added four saves in the shut-out victory.
Next up for the Junior Jays is the City-Wide team of Lincoln Rampage Lacrosse on Monday April 15th at Leahy Stadium. Face off is at 6:00pm.