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Boys’ lacrosse: Bruckner, Ward Melville use strong first half to down North Babylon, 13-7

Tuesday, 3rd April 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, High school  

By Jaclynkelli Kronemberg, Posted 4/3/12

Jack Bruckner had three goals and an assist and helped stake visiting Ward Melville to an early lead as the Patriots claimed a 13-7 victory today over North Babylon in boys’ lacrosse action.

The Patriots led, 11-3, at halftime and improved to 4-1 while dropping the Bulldogs to 3-2.

Jack Bruckner

“We played good in the first half,” said Bruckner, who has committed to Duke. “We started slowing down in the second quarter and we should’ve played a little harder and put them away early.

“I think we’ve been playing well. We just have to keep working hard in practice and the end result will be good for our season if we do that.”

Jim Coughlan added two goals in the first half for Ward Melville.

“We have to get a little bit better if we want to get where we need to be,” said Ward Melville coach Mike Hoppey. “When you score 11 goals in the first half you’re pretty happy ,but we tried to get some other guys in in the second half and their goalie made some nice saves. But two goals in the second half is not very pleasing to us.”

North Babylon (3-2) came out with increased defensive intensity in the second half.

“I was very impressed with North Babylon,” said Hoppey “Their hustle, their effort, some of their offensive players and their goal tending really impressed me today.”

North Babylon’s defense was led by senior goalie Alex Lopez who had 13 saves. Matthew Beccaris led th attack with three goals and Eric Marzocca scored twice.

“Our defense stepped up in the second half,” said North Babylon coach Bill Staack. “Jacob Deitch had a good second half and our goalie Alex Lopez really stepped it up in the second half and made some phenomenal saves. This game would have been a blow out if it wasn’t for him.

“This was a good show of our talent right now, I’m excited at the effort my guys put in today; we are up and coming and now see where we have to be.”

Ward Melville 13, North Babylon 7

WM: 6-5-1-1-13
NB: 1-2-2-2-7
Ward Melville 13, North Babylon 7
WM: Jack Bruckner 3G, 1A, Jim Coughlan 2G, Frank Lucatuorto 1G, 2A, John Edmonds 1G, 2A, Mike Rastivo 1G, 1A, Brendan Hegarty 1G, 1A, Billy Gibbs 1G, 1A, Christian Mazzone 1G, Jake Kepes 1G, Conor Pittard 1G
NB: Matthew Beccaris 3G, Eric Marzocca 2G, Ryan Slane 1G, 2A, Connor Slane 1G, 1A
Saves: Alex Lopez (NB) 13, Dan Nemirov (WM) 7

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