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Mar, 2014

High School team plays first game

The first High School lacrosse game played by a team from Hendricks County was held on Thursday, March 20th against Herron High School.

After only two weeks of practice the Brownsburg squad took the field at 6:00 pm at JTV Hill Park in Indianapolis.  Chase Fennell won the opening face-off -- a great sign of the bright future in front of this team -- and the teams battled for the entire evening.  Coach Justin Bennett's squad fought hard the entire game and never lost their nose for the ball.  That aggression will certainly play a part in their future success as time allows them to improve their fundamental skills of scooping ground balls and cradling.

Later in the game, Chase Fennell recorded the first official shot on goal, from the wing, with the shot just missing to the left.  The defense played tough, knocking down many passes into the crease area and some well-timed stick checks knocked other scoring opportunities away.  Zach Elzey was stellar as a first time goalie knocking down many shots and scooping up loose balls in the crease.  Once that stick gets broken in for him, those stops will become changes of possession.

Another first, time in the penalty box - a fact of life in lacrosse, was served by Matthew Hopkins.  Overall, with very little game simulation experience, the number of penalties was very reasonable as the players kept under control.  Some of the penalties were simply a result of not having a full understanding of what you can and cannot do on the field.  The education began last night and those will certainly be fewer in the future.

The final historic first occurred with just under two minutes to play as Bryce Tolle scooped up a ground ball just outside of the box and got a full head of steam on his way to goal.  Two quick dodges and it was he and the goalie... a low shot flew past the goalie's legs and Brownsburg Lacrosse's first ever goal was in the record books.

The final was 9-1 and in the post-game huddle, Coach Bennett told the team they should be extremely proud of their effort.  Some little things to work on for sure, he said, but a great start.  Matthew Hopkins later added - the first thing we need to work on is conditioning.  This group of boys gets it... hard work will pay off -- probably harder work than any other team because of how much farther they need to go. 

Without a doubt though, this group will lay the groundwork for a lacrosse culture to grow in Brownsburg.

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The team plays again tonight at Zionsville against, Zionsville's JV squad.  This will be another difficult test and there will be more knowledge gained from this experience.

The first home game is scheduled for April 19th at the Eagle Elementary Field.


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