Elks score early, of­ten in rout of Kent County

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ELK­TON — It took the Elk­ton boys’ lacrosse team less than five min­utes to score all the goals it would need to take down Kent County on Wed­nes­day.

The Golden Elks scored six goals in the game’s first 4:45 then cruised to a 22-5 non-con­fer­ence win.

“They were just un­selfish all day,” firstyear Elk­ton coach Eric Day said. “I con­stantly tell them the key to lacrosse is one-on-one in space. That’s it, every­body makes it so much more com­pli­cated. They did that to­day, they cre­ated one-on-one, and when they got a slide, they had their heads up.

“It was un­selfish lacrosse and we weren’t throw­ing the ball away. When we played North East in our first game, we tied it at 3-3 then started throw­ing the ball away. We didn’t throw it away to­day.”

The teams traded the first two goals of the night be­fore Elk­ton scored nine unan­swered to lead 10-1 af­ter one quar­ter. The Elks took a 16-3 lead into half­time, then added six more goals af­ter the break de­spite a run­ning clock for the en­tire sec­ond half.

“We tell our kids in the very be­gin­ning that we’re just play­ing our­selves,” Day said. “That’s it. We’re con­stantly work­ing on our con­cepts. We’re still a rel­a­tively young group of kids, and with it be­ing my first year, we’re just try­ing to teach them how to play lacrosse. I’ve al­ways said it doesn’t mat­ter who you play, you just got to meet a cer­tain level and you’ve got to keep play­ing at that level.

“I told them that we’ll try to con­trol things with sub­sti­tu­tions, but you don’t stop play­ing. We didn’t.”

Josh Tay­lor and Brady O’Neill com­bined to score 13 goals for the Elks. Mid­fielder Tyler Du­rant recorded a hat trick while Reece Roehsler added a pair.

Elk­ton con­trolled pos­ses­sion through­out the night thanks to Du­rant’s dom­i­nance at the face-off X.

“It’s huge when you can keep con­trol of the ball,” Day said. “Tyler Du­rant, I think we won all but two face offs. That’s huge when you have pos­ses­sion.”

The Elks (2-1) face a stiffer chal­lenge Fri­day as they travel to Per­ryville, but Day said there was plenty to take from Wed­nes­day’s dom­i­na­tion.

“I think the kids take from this one that they’ve got to play un­selfish,” he said. “We’ve got ev­ery­thing video taped, throw it into our edit­ing soft­ware, we’ll break it up for them and we’ll be out here to­mor­row. We’ll watch a lit­tle bit of film first, and then we’ll be back out here like we never played a game.”

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY SEAN GRO­GAN

Elk­ton’s Josh Tay­lor pro­tects his stick against a Kent County de­fender Wed­nes­day dur­ing the Golden Elks’ 22-5 non-con­fer­ence boys’ lacrosse vic­tory.

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