The Junior Jay Varsity beats the Knights of Sarpy County 21-6 in the State Quarter Final game down at Speedway Village on Thursday May 31st. It was another hot game. The Coaching Staff would like to say a big thanks to the parents that helped us out with water, Gatorade, and cold towels.
The grass was a little more trimmed up at Speedway Village in comparison to the game last Friday at Papio. This allowed the Junior Jays to kick up the fast break and take a 7-1 first quarter lead. The heat slowed down the second quarter and Prep took a 10-1 lead into half time. The half time must have refreshed both teams as nine goals were scored in the quarter. RJ Moffat sniped the 9th goal of the quarter with 1 second left on the clock. Prep had a 16-4 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter. The final score was 21-6.
Coach Haney remarked “We did a great job of rotating players with the heat. All of the starters were able to come off the field and get some water without us missing a beat. We had a lot of players get into the game and that will help us tomorrow. Lincoln had a tough game against Westside, so I feel we are in better shape for the game tomorrow. The news stated a record high of 99 degrees at face off on Friday night”.
“We once again won the penalty battle. Five penalties for a total of 5min and 30 seconds in comparison to Sarpy’s 8 penalties for 7 min 30 seconds. “Added Coach Grosskurth.
The Junior Jay scorers were led by Paul Gordon (5 goals), RJ Moffatt (4 goals and 2 assists), Jack Mausbach (2 goals and 2 assists), Mark Mausbach (2 goals and 1 assist), Max King (2 goals and 1 assist), Leo Dunlap (2 goals and 1 assist), Bob Lawton (1 goal and 2 assists), Grant Shepherd (1 goal and 1 assist). Other Junior Jays adding goals were John Kubat and Nate Meier each adding a goal. A total of 10 Junior Jays recorded a goal in this game. Cameron Kozol (2 assists) and Peter Wessling (1 assist) were additional Jays that helped the scoring.
It would seem that a good offense can keep the defense a little bored. This is the point where we normally highlight the defense’s ground balls. But the starting attack collected more ground balls (10) than our starting defense and goalie (7). We had 16 players record at least one ground ball. That is amazing! One of the main points of emphasis for the games was to win ground ball battle for the game. The Junior Jays collected 33 ground balls. Each of these was a contested ball and we won that battle tonight.
The win improves the Junior Jays to 13-0 for the season and 11-0 in NELAX play. Next up for the Junior Jays is the City-wide team of Lincoln Lacrosse. That is a semi-final game played on Friday June 1st at 5:00pm over at Midland University’s Football Stadium in Fremont. (why are the games not in Omaha where seven of the teams are located?)