Boys Lacrosse: Westfield Pummels Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 12-1

Westfield High School's Nick Bond fends off the Raiders' defense Monday. Credits: Michael Bruchert
Jordan Belford (white) fires a shot that misses wide against Westfield. Credits: Michael Bruchert
Brandon Leuthold scores his second goal of the game in the fourth quarter. Credits: Michael Bruchert
Pat Tuohy calls a timeout, asking the Blue Devils to run plays with pace. Credits: Michael Bruchert
Scotch Plains-Fanwood's Joe Griff (white) is checked by a Westfield defender. Credits: Michael Bruchert
Scott Nizolak carries the ball behind the goal in an attempt to set up a play. Credits: Michael Bruchert

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — After a landslide victory on Saturday, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders had the tables turned on them Monday afternoon, as the Westfield Blue Devils came to town and made a statement of their own.

Westfield's James Bohlinger opened up the scoring early in the first quarter, finding the back of the net on two separate occasions. Nick Mueller and Nick Bond added a goal each to make it a 4-0 lead for the Blue Devils. After Owen Colwell and Brandon Leuthold tallied two more for the visitors, Scotch Plains-Fanwood's Scott Nizolak gave the Raiders hope with a late first half goal.

"Our battle level wasn't there," Raiders head coach Nick Miceli said. "I thought we had a great start Saturday, but today we weren't able to get out of the hole."

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The struggle continued for Scotch Plains-Fanwood in the second half, as a lockdown defense smothered any opportunity that came towards the net. Blue Devils goalie Toby Burgdorf led the effort, making 19 saves through four quarters.

"Toby's been our most consistent player all year. I can't say enough about him. He's really settled into being a senior captain and it shows on the field," Westfield head coach Patrick Tuohy said.

Extra goals from Mueller, Leuthold, Mike Moriarty, Blake Taylor and Ryan Anderson shut the door on the game, making the final score 12-1.

The win ends a short skid for the Blue Devils, who improve to 3-5, and halts the Raiders early season momentum as they fall to 5-3.

Westfield plays next at Seton Hall Preparatory on Wednesday.

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