No matter who Frederick High School’s boys lacrosse team put in for faceoffs, they couldn’t figure out Urbana’s Nick Lenta.
Three different players tried to beat the Hawks’ faceoff man but they only succeeded once in 18 tries. Lenta’s streak provided Urbana with the majority of the offensive possessions and the Hawks didn’t let it go to waste during an 18-4 win on Wednesday evening in Ijamsville.
“An in-county game like this, coming in we were feeling confident but every game is important,” Lenta said. “Everything is coming together ... 18-4 — we worked everything we had to. It was good today.”
Lenta used a variety of moves to beat his three faceoff opponents: Frederick’s Josh Park, Kevin Pocasargre and Matthew Hynes. No matter if he swept it backwards between his legs, sat on it before making a move or flipped it in front of himself to pick up the ground ball, either Lenta or one of his teammates came up with the ball on the first 14 faceoffs. Lenta didn’t lose a faceoff until the third quarter when Park got the better of him.
“That kid Lenta is fantastic,” Frederick coach Erik Neidinger said. “He was so fast. Everything we did, we just couldn’t beat him to the ball.”
Said Lenta, “Honestly, it’s all practice. I sit down at practice with Jimmy [Allen], who took over in the fourth quarter. We just crank them out for an hour every day. It comes down to that.”
While Lenta couldn’t be stopped with faceoffs, the Cadets couldn’t slow Brandon Plante down around the crease.
The junior attackman scored the game’s first three goals to give the Hawks a 3-0 lead. All three were scored after receiving the ball alone at the crease for quick goals. Jay Borsody, Jack Atmonavage and Robert Collins assisted on the opening three goals.
Once the defense started keying on him, Plante starting finding open teammates on his way to three third-quarter assists.
Robert Collins also scored four goals for the Hawks, all in the second half. Seven other Hawks scored goals.
“Our middies were playing great,” Plante said. “I just want to mention the whole team effort. We scored 18 goals and I think I only had four. We were spreading it around and kids stepped up tonight.”
The Hawks held the advantage in ground balls (44-24) and shots (43-11).
Urbana is undefeated after five games. The other four games were decided by five goals or less. Wednesday’s victory comes a day after beating Oakdale, 7-6.
“We had Oakdale 6-2 at halftime and we had them on the ropes. We kind of let them off,” Urbana coach Rob Hokanson said. “Tonight’s focus was to not let the same thing happen. Obviously the guys did a good job of keeping the pressure on for all four quarters.”
Urbana 18, Frederick 4
Frederick 1 2 1 0 — 4
Urbana 4 4 6 4 — 18
Frederick (1-2): Goals: Patrick Caccese 2, Alex Levine, Matthew Hynes. Assists: Matthew Hynes, Alex Levine.
Urbana (5-0): Goals: Brandon Plante 4, Robert Collins 4, JD Baker 2, Jay Borsody 2, Garrett McDaniel 2, Matt Harris, Jack Atmonavage, Matthew McNeill, Jimmy Allen. Assists: Brandon Plante 3, Jay Borsody 2, Jack Atmonavage 2, JD Baker 2, Robert Collins, Garrett McDaniel.