For most of the season, it had been mostly offense, with some timely defense, that carried the Broadneck Bruins boys lacrosse team. But it was their defense, along with some lucky bounces, that helped them beat the Urbana Hawks 10-2 on Friday to advance to the Class 4A state championship.
Urbana came in scoring double-digit goals in their last three games, but the Bruins defense was able to step up.
The Hawks scored the first goal. Broadneck then scored five straight goals before the Hawks got their second goal about halfway through the second quarter. From there, the Bruins scored their final five goals of the game, with numerous shots from Urbana clanging off the goal posts without going in.
Eight Bruins scored in the game as the team made great passes to set up goals and went after rebounds off the posts, which led directly to several goals.
“We’re at that point in the season where every single guy plays a key role on our team,” said Bruins head coach Jeff McGuire. “Everyone is at their best where our practices are very competitive. Everyone is on the same level. Our motto is that we’re the No. 1 seed right now, but we say that our second team, our scout team, is the No. 2 seed.”
The Bruins will play in the Class 4 state championship at Loyal University. The exact date and time have not been determined yet as other state semifinals need to be played. The state championships will be held next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Check www.mpssaa.org for updates.
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