Oak Hall lacrosse rallies over rival Buchholz

Oak Hall's Eric Siegel, left, tries to get around Buchholz High defender Dean Muggeo, right, on Tuesday.

Aaron E. Daye/Staff photographer
Published: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 11:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 11:27 p.m.

The Oak Hall boys lacrosse team trailed city and district rival Buchholz by one goal at halftime on Tuesday night.

Eagles’ coach Jeff Rant gave his team simple instructions during the intermission. The coach told his players to just keep shooting.

Oak Hall did just that.

Chris Croushore and Eric Siegel each netted three goals as the Eagles scored seven unanswered times in the second half and cruised to a 9-3 win over the Bobcats.

Oak Hall finished the contest with 38 shots, doubling up Buchholz’s 19 shots on the night.

“I think we probably came out a little flat, not expecting that (Buchholz scoring the first goal),” said Croushore, who also had an assist. “They are definitely better than last year.”

A year ago, Oak Hall hammered Buchholz 14-1 in the Bobcats’ first year as an FHSHAA program. Both schools are now in District 3 in the state’s one classification for lacrosse.

Early on it was easy to tell that the Bobcats (3-3 overall,1-3 in district play) have improved. Dean Muggeo scored from about seven yards away on the right side to give Buchholz a 2-1 edge with three minutes left until halftime.

But just 56 seconds into the third quarter, the Eagles’ Cole Randell knotted the score at 2-2. At the 5:07 mark of the period, Devin Sides snapped a shot from 18 yards out on the right side that found the back of the net and put the Bobcats back on top at 3-2. But that would be their last goal and lead of the evening.

Croushore scored on a wrap around goal with 3:31 left in the period. He then ripped a low-lining shot 15 yards straight away that beat Buchholz goalkeeper Kyle Musson with 18 seconds to go, before Siegel finished off the period by driving to the goal on the right side and scoring with one second remaining.

“That was huge, Chris and Eric took over,” said Rant about his club’s three goals to close out the third period. “In these low scoring games, a two-goal lead is a big thing.”

Cole Randell, Ty’s brother, pushed the lead to 6-3 just over two minutes into the fourth period. Siegel finished off his hat trick (three goals) with 8:53 to go, while the 6-foot-3 Croushore scored his final goal with 3:28 left. Nathan Koons provided the final margin with 1:48 left.

Musson stopped 20 shots to help keep the Bobcats in the game, while Josh Noble made nine saves in goal for the Eagles (3-2, 1-0). Siegel and the Bobcats’ Ben Vogel each had first-period goals.

“The kids played really well, they have definitely improved 100-percent from last year,” said Buchholz coach Michael Hanley said. “I am proud of the way they played.”

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