The Northwest lacrosse team took another step towards getting rid of the ghosts which lingered around after last year’s disappointing season as they defeated Gaithersburg, 13-6 Monday night in Germantown.
The Jags were led by Hunter Thompson’s five goals and Cole Notari’s four goals. Thompson got the scoring started just very early as he sliced a shot past Gaithersburg’s goalie Angel Rivera just 14 seconds into the game to put the Jags up 1-0.
The Jags came into Monday’s game looking for their second win of the young season, after opening with a 9-16 loss at Poolesville, then defeating cross-town rivals Seneca Valley 10-6. The Jags then dropped two in row, to Churchill, 4-15, and Quince Orchard, 2-20. With Monday’s win, the Jags improve their record to 2-3, and are now 1-1 in the division.
Thompson would put in his second goal with 7:52 remaining in the first. The senior would finish with five goals on seven shots, and one assist.
“He is definitely capable of doing that,” said Northwest Head Coach Jon Kravits of Hunter Thompson’s five goal performance. “He is a returning captain and one of the more skilled players on our roster and he is a leader. He did have a few goals and assists leading up to this game, but his performance today was probably his best in terms of points.”
Notari would increase the lead to 3-0 less than a minute later. The sophomore would have four goals on five shots, and a single assist.
Jags senior middie Cory Hathaway would get the first of his two goals on the night at the 5:25 mark of the first quarter, to put Northwest up 4-0.
The Trojans would get on the board with 2:17 left in the first on a shot by Paul Han to cut the lead to 4-1, but Thompson would take a pass from fellow caption Cory Hathaway as the first quarter came to close and rifled his third goal of the game into the net.
Northwest would lead 8-3 going into half-time of a game which saw many stoppages of play and a total of 15 man-down situations for penalties on both teams, with the Jags going a man-down 11 total times in the game. Gaithersburg would take advantages of the power-play to score four of their six total goals.
“We have a good core of returning seniors and a number of players who have all had experience playing outside of high school in winter leagues and the like,” said Kravits. “We are trying to get a good rotation of experienced seniors and underclassmen rotating through in games however there have been a few games where we haven’t had an opportunity to get as many rotations as we’d like.”
The Jags also took advantage of four man-up situations to score three of their 13 goals.
Junior mid-fielder Colin Hanley got the Northwest scoring started in the second half with a strike with 9:53 remaining in the third. The Jags would get additional goals from sophomore mid-fielder Doug Haller and another from Cory Hathaway. Senior mid-fielder Evan Joyce would get four assists, while fellow senior attackman Collin Mandel would be credited with three helpers in the game.
Northwest senior goalie Darrell Park would stop six of 12 shots, before allowing junior Noah Jensen to take over and notch one save as the fourth quarter was coming to a close.
The Jags will travel to Clarksburg on Thursday night to take on a 1-3 Coyotes team which will face Magruder Tuesday night.
“As a first year coach, I am not too familiar with Clarksburg other than what I have seen in our winter league experience,” said Northwest’s Kravits. “Based on what I’ve heard from last season. I anticipate a tough contest and if our guys play up to their potential we should be able to walk away with a win and I do make sure that they are well aware that there is no game to be taken lightly.”
Top: Northwest captain Hunter Thompson (7) scored five times to lead the Jags to victory of Gaithersburg.
Next: Northwest’s Cory Hathaway (4) shooting the first of his two goals against Gaithersburg Monday night.
Next: Jag’s goalie Darrell Park (1) came up with a big stop on Gaithersburg’s Drew Williams (16) as Northwest’s freshman Brian Beach defends.
Next: Northwest’s junior defender Nate Bristor (24) and Gaithersburg’s Mitchell Matson (32) and Jamani Toney (3) chase down a ground ball late in Monday’s game.
Next: Northwest’s John Newman (13) carries the ball into the Gaithersburg box.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.