Boy­er­town earns first win over OJR

The Boyertown Area Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Austin Hert­zog ahert­zog@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @AustinHert­zog on Twit­ter

BUCKTOWN » Many tried. Many failed.

Ev­ery past Boy­er­town boys lacrosse player could say they took a run at knock­ing off Owen J. Roberts. Some had come close. None had done it.

The cur­rent Bears team fin­ished the job and then some Wed­nes­day night in Bucktown with a con­vinc­ing 11-5 vic­tory over the Wild­cats, Boy­er­town’s first win over their ri­vals down Route 100 in pro­gram his­tory.

Re­turn­ing All-Area first team at­tack Brady McFalls led the Bears with four goals while Nick Moc­cia and Chris­tian Hell­riegel scored three and two, re­spec­tively. Sky­lar Wal­lace was dom­i­nant on the face­off, win­ning 13 of 15 draws. He also scored a goal, as did AJ Robin­son and Brewer John­son.

Rather than bask in what would his­tor­i­cally be the high­light of the sea­son, the Bears (1-0 Pi­o­neer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence, 1-2 over­all) seemed in­tent on this be­ing the start of a lengthy high­light reel to their sea­son.

“We need to get used to this,” Boy­er­town se­nior de­fender Kee­gan Schealer said. “This is new for us, but we know we have what it takes.”

That will please head coach Grady Wise

“I’m re­ally proud of these guys. They worked re­ally hard in the off­sea­son to make this hap­pen,” he said. “It’s a re­ally big win for them. It’s a water­shed win for us, but I hope these guys con­tinue to be hun­gry.”

It’s been a rough start for Owen J. Roberts (0-4), which had Lo­gan Cle­fisch score two goals while sin­gle scores came from Joe Tor­done, Cooper Cham­ber­lain and Chris­tian Brofft.

The Wild­cats were routed by 2016 District 1 cham­pion Up­per Dublin, 16-2, on Tues­day, a painful two­day stretch for a pro­gram known for be­ing at the top of the PAC since its in­cep­tion.

“The turnovers and a lack of drive to the goal (were the big­gest is­sues),” said OJR coach Ben Carville. “I thought we had some op­por­tu­ni­ties to turn the tide in the game and we just came up short.

Last year’s meet­ing – a 7-6 over­time win for the Wild­cats – gave that ex­tra bit of juice to the Bears.

“We didn’t for­get about that,” Schealer said. “That was in the back of our minds com­ing here.”

“We were ex­cited. We wanted to do it for ev­ery­one be­fore us,” said Wal­lace.

Boy­er­town looked the sharper team from the start though OJR hung in to be within 5-3 in the third quar­ter.

The Wild­cats held off a two-man ad­van­tage for the Bears and had a chance for a mo­men­tum swing, but it swung the other way when Boy­er­town turned it over and scored an ex­cel­lent team goal with a quick pass­ing move in tran­si­tion fin­ished by McFalls for a 6-3 lead with 1:32 left in the third quar­ter. McFalls then scored on a buzzer beater af­ter a time­out with three sec­onds left to close the third to break the Wild­cats’ spir­its.

The Bears stayed on the gas in the fourth quar­ter, never al­low­ing OJR closer than four goals down the stretch.

“I thought we played all four quar­ters,” said Schealer, a Mo­ra­vian Col­lege com­mit. “Last year we never did that, but we’re def­i­nitely learn­ing how to play to­gether and play hard the whole game.”

Wise was es­pe­cially pleased with his de­fen­sive unit of Schealer, Brett Heuer, Shane Clin­ton and goalie Cole Met­zer (seven saves).

“I thought the de­fense played out of this world today,” Wise said. “They re­ally locked down their at­tack. I was re­ally, re­ally happy with their per­for­mance.”

AUSTIN HERT­ZOG - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Boyertown’s Sky­lar Wal­lace spins out of pres­sure from Owen J. Roberts af­ter win­ning a face­off.

AUSTIN HERT­ZOG - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Boyertown’s Brady McFalls, cen­ter, is con­grat­u­lated af­ter scor­ing a goal in the first half against Owen J. Roberts.

AUSTIN HERT­ZOG - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Boyertown’s Sky­lar Wal­lace looks to get past Owen J. Roberts’ Cooper Cham­ber­lain.

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