HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE

Hammond wins SCISA crown

Skyhawks jump on Highlanders from the start

Special to The StateApril 28, 2012 

Hammond defeated Heathwood Hall 12-6 in the first SCISA boys lacrosse championship game on Saturday at Edens Stadium.

It was the second triumph in three years for the Skyhawks, who secured a club lacrosse title in 2010.

“We’re a very young team with only one senior, so this feels very good,” Hammond coach Jonathan Patterson said.

Matthew Kay, Jacob Crenshaw and Charlie Black were the Skyhawks’ attack leaders. Kay scored a game-high four goals, Crenshaw rang up three goals and two assists and Black also had a hat trick and two helpers.

“Even though we play a lot of sophomore and freshmen, we had things come together during the season,” Kay said. “We had some almost perfect practices leading up to this game, so we came in confident and relaxed.”

Hammond dominated early, jumping to a 3-0 lead on goals by Black, Braden Shockley and Kay before the Highlanders’ attack produced goals by William Anderson and Edwin Propst in the final 34 seconds of the first quarter. Anderson’s goal came with Hammond playing one man down and Propst beat the clock, converting a give-and-go play pass from Logan McGill with two seconds to go after a steal by David Williams.

Heathwood Hall was still within range at 8-5 with 4:25 left in the third quarter, but managed one more tally the rest of the way.

Anderson and Owen Lord had two goals apiece for Heathwood.

“We knew coming into the season that we were going to struggle offensive, and that was pretty much the case all season,” Highlander coach Patrick Fitzgerald said.

“But considering we did not even have a varsity team last year, we had a good season and with three eighth-graders in our top 10 I think the future looks good,” Fitzgerald said.

One of the young stars is goalie Billy Dreyer, who made 23 saves.

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