Sides leads Buchholz lacrosse over Gainesville

Published: Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 11:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 11:55 p.m.

Led by five goals from senior attacker Devin Sides and three apiece from Connor Frank and Ben Vogel, the Buchholz Bobcats downed the visiting Gainesville Hurricanes 13-6 in the season finale for both lacrosse squads Thursday.

“We had a great game tonight,” said Buchholz head coach Mike Hanley. “We started out slow, but we got it going. It was a good way to end the season.”

With the win, the Bobcats finished a solid 6-7 on the year and went 6-1 against area teams, taking down P.K. Yonge, Eastside and GHS each twice while losing only to Oak Hall.

Both teams honored their seniors, with GHS doing so before the game and Buchholz at halftime. Four of the Bobcats’ seniors — Sides, Dean Muggeo, Kevin Riechardt and Daniel Teti — were members of the inaugural

club team three years ago.

“It feels good to be able to go out as a senior like this,” Sides said. “I didn’t really think I’d miss it that much, but now that it’s all over, it’s kind of tough. But it’s all good.”

The Hurricanes, in their first year of competition, jumped out to a quick lead when junior Ryan Daugherty scored the first of his two goals on the night with 10:40 left in the first period. GHS was able to hold onto the lead for almost seven minutes thanks to some staunch goalie work from senior Michael Robelo, but Frank finally got the Bobcats on the board when he scooped a shot into the net from close range with 3:41 left. Buchholz would score twice more before the end of the period to go up 3-1.

Frank notched his second goal just 15 seconds into the second period, and the Bobcats would go on to outscore GHS 6-1 in the period, with Sides netting three of the goals, to take a commanding

9-2 lead at the break.

The lead grew to 13-2 late in the third period despite Hanley starting to clear his bench, including sitting goalie Kyle Musson, who allowed just two first-half goals. But junior Carlos Fernandez of GHS stopped the bleeding with a goal with 2:14 left in the period, and the fired-up ’Canes went on to score again before the period ended, then scored the only two goals of the final period to finish strong.

“It’s a long road ahead, but we tell the guys all the time that every journey starts with one step,” GHS head coach Chuck Rogan said. “I couldn’t be more proud of the guys. All season long, from every team we played from Jacksonville to Oak Hall here in town, from the referees to the coaches, all we’ve heard is how much heart we have. And if I could ask for just one quality from my guys, it’s heart.”

As for area boys lacrosse, both coaches see lots of positives.

“We’ve got five teams in Gainesville now,” Hanley said. “Some of them have been established, like Oak Hall and P.K. Yonge, but the new teams have definitely stepped up as you can see from the performance

this evening. I think in about two or three years we’ll compete with the teams in Jacksonville and Orlando.”

“It was two great bunches of kids out here doing a great job for the sport,” added Rogan. “I’m proud of all these guys out here.”

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