• Lacrosse: Pacific Grove Moves to 6-2 Overall on the Season

    Pacific Grove won their second match in a row on Monday night, by defeating San Benito 10-7. [03-23-15]

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    The Breakers didn’t put on the show that they did against Soquel last Thursday night when they won 18-4, but they did come away with the win.

    “When you play a team that is a new team where they’re relying on athleticism to play the game, rather than playing tic-tac toe lacrosse where they pass the ball around. There is the danger that you’ll lower your level of play to your opponent and just play athletic lacrosse,” Pacific Grove head coach Fran O’Hagan said about his team giving up 5 first half goals.

    O’Hagan added that “when you do that, you have no advantage over the other team. So really, it was important for our team to take a deep breath and play the game that we know and possess.”

    “In the second half, they didn’t do a bad job of figuring that out.” The Breakers did play better on the defensive side in the second half, giving up only 2 goals.

    The Breakers quickly fell behind 1-0 right out of the gates, but Austin Book was able to score a goal to tie things up at 1-1. In the first half, it was the story of trading goals.

    Austin Book had 2 first half goals, including one right before the first quarter ended to tie the game up at 2-2. Nick Coppla opened up the second quarter with a goal, while Reece O’Hagan and Kane Miller also scored goals in the quarter.

    San Benito scored another quick goal to start the third quarter to tie the game up at 6-6, but Reece O’Hagan quickly responded by scoring his second goal of the game to put the Breakers back on top.

    The fourth quarter was all about the Breakers adding to their 1 goal lead. Thomas Melnick, Kane Miller, and Jason Leach all added goals in the quarter to push Pacific Grove’s lead to 10-6. The Balers would only score 1 more goal before the end of the game.

    “For us, we have to make sure we don’t get in front of ourselves,” Coach O’Hagan said about his teams’ performance of late. “We have to make sure that we keep practicing the basics of lacrosse.” Adding that “usually the team that wins in lacrosse, is the team that wins in ground balls, dominates possessions, and wins the face offs.”

    The Breakers (6-2, 3-1) will next travel to Watsonville (0-3, 0-3) on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.

    Box Score 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    San Benito 2 3 1 1 7
    Pacific Grove 2 4 1 3 10

    Stat Leaders –

    Book, A. 3 goals, 4 groundballs

    Miller, K. 2 goals, 9 groundballs

    O’Hagan, R. 2 goals, 3 groundballs

    Leach, J. 1 goal, 4 groundballs

    Coppla, N. 1 goal, 3 groundballs

    Melnick, T. 1 goal, 1 groundball

    Stickler, C. 5 groundballs

    Smith, F. 5 groundballs

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    posted to Cedar Street Times on March 24, 2015

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