By Matt Welch
Times West Virginian
Scoring by committee.
Coaches often use that term when they’re unsure of who will step up and score for their team. Mostly, it’s used when a team isn’t scoring much at all. For Fairmont Senior’s boys’ lacrosse team, it’s the opposite.
Fairmont Senior outscored its opponents, 19-7 and 17-6, beating Freeport (Pa.) and Herbert Hoover Saturday afternoon at East-West Stadium.
The Polar Bears had at least six players score in each contest.
“That’s usually what we do. It’s goals by committee with us,” Fairmont Senior coach Calvin Todd said after the game. “We don’t really have one guy who’s going to bury eight, nine goals a game. It’s going to be one guy will get two, one guy will get three and so on every game.”
And that’s exactly how it went for his team Saturday.
In game one against visiting Freeport out of Pennsylvania, the Polar Bears fell behind early. After Freeport’s Matt Huston drilled two of his team’s four goals in the first period, Fairmont Senior trailed, 4-1, going into the second.
Fairmont Senior would wake up, though, scoring a plethora of goals to take a 7-5 halftime lead.
The slow slart could have came from a tough game less than 24 hours before, Fairmont Senior falling to Indiana (Pa.) the previous night.
“I think it affected us a lot. We played against a good team that ran us pretty hard up and down the field last night,” Todd said. “I knew coming in that we were probably going to be a little shaky to start off. We got it going in the second quarter and carried it into the second half. I was proud of that.”
Fairmont Senior would go on to outscore Freeport, 12-2, in the second half with Jarrod Bosley scoring four of his team-leading five goals in the second half of play. Jonah Freeland also chipped in four goals, while Brent Pacoe, Justin Oakel and Seth Travelsted scored two. Also making the stat sheet in game one were Tyler Drennon, Josh Poruccie and Aydan Hansen with one goal each.
In game two, the dust was shaken off and the Polar Bears came out firing on all cylinders, scoring on six of their 20 shots while holding Herbert Hoover to two goals on just nine shots in the first period.
“The first game was a little tough, but we knew we had to be prepared for the second one,” Justin Oakel, who scored four goals in game two, said. “We knew we had to get our head in the game and possess the ball a little more. That’s what helped us out the most.”
Herbert Hoover could never catch up to Fairmont Senior despite trickling in goals here and there and trailed by as much as 12 in the second half. That, Oakel said, was due in large part to the team effort of the Polar Bears.
“It’s really all about the teamwork, not the individuals,” he said. “We have individuals who can shoot but teamwork’s key.”
In the second win of the day, Travelsted scored five goals in addition to Oakel’s four. Freeland, Pacoe and Drennon also had double-digit goals, each scoring two while Garrett Curry scored one.
Fairmont Senior’s boys’ team will be back in action Thursday when it travels to play Cardinal Mooney (Ohio) while the girls’ team takes to the field on Monday at Latrobe (Pa.).
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