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Roswell Relies On "Basics" In Win Over Pope, Improves To 5-0

Roswell's Austin Elder (#14) wins ball and looks to set up offense against Pope

On Wednesday, the Roswell Hornets boys lacrosse team was back in action as they hosted the Pope Greyhounds in an non-area matchup as both teams looked to stay hot with Roswell coming in unbeaten at 4-0 and the Greyhounds riding a two game winning streak. However, the Hornets would come out striking hot out the gate as they opened the first quarter with four straight Alex Lobel goals, taking a 4-0 lead.

And while Lobel, who finished with nine goals, would add another goal in the opening period of play, Roswell’s Hill Plunkett would add two goals, with Luke Hicks and Jack Crary each tacking on goals to halp the Hornets end the first quarter of play with a 9-0 lead. The strong start for Roswell was largely in part to them winning the first several face offs of the game, limiting Pope’s possessions early on in the contest and throughout most of the night.

The Hounds would eventually get things going offensively, however falling behind by as many as 12 points, when they trailed 13-1, would prove to be too much of a deficit to overcome as they struggled to find answers for the high scoring Hornets’ offense. The Hornets seemingly would respond with two to three goals of their own every time Pope would score, thus leading to Roswell picking up the 18-8 win and improving to 5-0 on the season.

“It’s been a little while since we last played so some time with the film, opportunity to get back to some basics,” Roswell head community coach and Director of Lacrosse Operations, Bryan Wallace said was key in helping the Hornets prepare for Wednesday night’s home matchup, one he felt was an important statement win. “Obviously with a 5A,6A classification game, it kind of sends a note. We might see these guys later on in the playoffs,” Wallace noted.

The Hornets will be back in action on Friday when they host the Lambert Longhorns in a non-area matchup. The Longhorns have won the last four meetings between the two teams and with Friday’s game being a matchup of two teams in the state, the Hornets win on Wednesday gives them some good momentum heading into the contest as Wallace noted that they wanted to come out strong and “getting ready for Friday for sure”.


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