Elks score early, often in rout of Kent County
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.”
Elkton’s Josh Taylor protects his stick against a Kent County defender Wednesday during the Golden Elks’ 22-5 non-conference boys’ lacrosse victory.