April 23, 2014 at 1:15 AM
WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange varsity lacrosse team suffered its third loss in a row to Hanover Park, 18-2, on Tuesday.
Although the face off gave West Orange the ball, a quick turnover to Hanover Park gave them their first goal in the beginning minutes of the match. Hanover Park kept control of the ball throughout much of the first quarter, but the West Orange defense allowed Alex Elliott to score for the Mountaineers. West Orange continued to make shots on Hanover’s goal, but ended up playing defense for the rest of the quarter, with Hanover Park leading 6-1.
West Orange scored at the opening of the second quarter, with sophomore goalie Brian Crann blocking several shots, and the defense kept Hanover Park limited to four goals, ending the half with a score at 10-2.
Strong efforts on the West Orange side by players Alex Elliot, Chris Hanley, Andrew Cumming, and Nick Santa Cruz, were not able to stem the tide of the third and fourth quarters as Hanover Park rolled over the beleagured Mountaineers with an additional 8 goals, ending the game at 18-2. West Orange o now holds a 3-7 record and will play Nutley on April 24 at WOHS.
On the Hanover Park side Jason Turlanksy, Liam Kang, and Scott Kenney lead the Hornets in scoring. Complete box scores were not available at publication.
"We didn’t play our best offense or defense today and we were surprised to be outplayed by this team" noted West Orange's Alex Elliott.
Despite their defeat, West Orange looks forward to improving their game over the course of the season. The players say that it’s all about positive attitude and that they know they can succeed if they continue to work hard and get better with every practice. Skill development and stronger offensive play continue to be an issue for the Mountaineers.