Published: Mar 14, 2012 04:41 PM
Modified: Mar 22, 2012 03:56 PM
APEX - Winning lacrosse is a game played with sticks, a ball, a net and feet constantly in motion up and down the field.
But don't forget about talking.
Middle Creek's Graham Southwick said his team wasn't talking enough in the first half when the Mustangs were sluggish and trailing Panther Creek 4-3 at halftime in a conference match.
But Southwick and his teammates found their voices -- and their game -- to come from behind in the second half for a convincing 10-7 win over the Catamounts Tuesday night on Middle Creek's field.
"In the second half, we communicated well," said Southwick, a junior. "In the first half we got kind of sloppy, but then we started to communicate and we were moving better. We were making space, giving help and swinging the ball around."
Southwick and Alex Kaminski both scored three goals to lead the Mustangs. With the win, Middle Creek improved to 2-3 as the Mustangs seek a third straight trip to the playoffs.
"We played better in the second half, but we still need to play a better brand of lacrosse," said third-year Middle Creek coach Paul Robison. "In basketball, if you play a motion offense and your team is not motioning, you have problems.
"We were playing a motion offense, but we were stagnant and standing still in the first half. We weren't working the ball. Once we got moving we were making better passes. We were making too many long passes in the first half that weren't helping us. When we made shorter passes, we were moving our feet better."
Middle Creek led 3-2 after the first quarter, but in the second quarter most of the game was played in Middle Creek's defensive end. Panther Creek scored two goals by Peter Green and Noah Parson while shuttng out the Mustangs to take a 4-3 lead at intermission.
But the third quarter opened with Middle Creek taking a 6-4 lead on two goals by Ben Doetzer and Southwick's third goal of the game before Panther Creek trimmed the deficit to 6-5.
In the fourth quarter, Middle Creek scored three of the first four goals to open up a 10-6 lead with 5:39 to play.
In addition to Southwick, Kaminski and Doetzer, Middle Creek's other goals were scored by Dylan Bryan and Joseph White.
Panther Creek's seven goals came from Parson (three), Green (two), Alex Mastoronni (one) and Josh Clute (one).
The Catamounts' record dropped to 2-3 as they try to break into the playoffs. Fourth-year Panther Creek James Aldridge feels he has his best team since taking over the program.
"We hustled all night against a very good team and a very athletic team," Aldridge said. "We played OK, but we can play better than that. We made some fundamental mistakes and had too many penalties that hurt us. We just have to play smarter and tighter."