30 March 2017
The Fluco boys’ lacrosse squad delivered a well-played game on Thursday (March 23), said Coach Steve Heritage. He particularly noted that “the defense is coming together.” Unfortunately, the Flucos were up against a strong team visiting from Patrick Henry High School in Ashland, just outside of Richmond. The Flucos fell to the Patriots 1-8.
The Flucos’ offense just could not generate enough pressure on the Patriots. Giving up eight goals in lacrosse is not bad defense, as it would be in soccer. In lacrosse it often takes nine or more goals to win. The Fluco defense was even better in its March 21 game, when the team held Liberty-Bealton High to five goals. Unfortunately, in that game the Flucos only could score two.
In this game, the first quarter did not go well for the Flucos. Patrick Henry scored the first four goals of the game. There was no scoring early in the quarter, but the Patriots broke the ice with 6:59 on the clock, scoring from out in front on a nice pass play that the Fluco goalie had little chance to stop.Another Patriot goal came less than two minutes later. Again, there was good pass work involved and the scoring shot came from point-blank range. With 3:49 on the clock the Patriots made it 3-0. Garrison Dahl won the ensuing face-off impressively to begin an attack on the Patrick Henry goal, but the attack was stymied and the Patriots responded with a long hard shot into the net for a 4-0 lead.