Robin­son Scores One for Vir­ginia

The Washington Post Sunday - - Wizards Insider - By Ryan Mink

Mo­ments into the sec­ond quar­ter yes­ter­day, with Du­laney dom­i­nat­ing Robin­son, a Du­laney as­sis­tant coach could be heard telling his play­ers not to play down to the Rams’ level.

It was im­me­di­ately picked up by a Robin­son as­sis­tant coach, who made sure his team heard it. They had. And those who hadn’t were soon told. Soon, the Li­ons weren’t able to play up to the Rams’ level. And when it was over, the No. 9 Rams had ral­lied from a four-goal deficit for an 12-11 win in Ti­mo­nium, Md.

“We played just as hard, just as fast,” Robin­son se­nior Tyler Zinck said. “There’s no play­ing down no mat­ter what team you play, Mary­land or Vir­ginia. Both teams are the same level now.”

The game matched the Rams (6-0), North­ern Vir­ginia’s strong­est team and the de­fend­ing state cham­pion, and peren­nial Mary­land pub­lic school pow­er­house Du­laney (4-4), which has won five of the past seven Mary­land pub­lic cham­pi­onships.

Ac­cord­ing to the lacrosse his­tory books, Du­laney should have been on an­other level.

“We won a state cham­pi­onship last year,” said Zinck, who had one goal and three as­sists. “I think that gives us just as much credit as them.”

Ac­tu­ally, when both teams were even, Robin­son held a dis­tinct ad­van­tage. Af­ter ty­ing the game at 6 on se­nior Matt Ku­gler’s sec­ond goal in the first two min­utes of the sec­ond half, Du­laney scored four straight man-up goals to take a 10-6 lead.

That’s when Ku­gler, who com­mit­ted him­self to get­ting more as­sists this year, start­ing feed­ing his team­mates with pre­cise inside passes. Ku­gler as­sisted three of Robin­son’s next four goals to tie the game with 6min­utes 50 sec­onds re­main­ing.

Robin­son took its first lead on fresh­man Brian Laiti’s sec­ond goal and sopho­more Daniel McNulty net­ted the even­tual game-win­ner on a feed from Ku­gler (four goals, four as­sists) with 3:07 re­main­ing.

“Ev­ery­one says Mary­land is the hot­bed of lacrosse and all that, and cer­tainly they do have some amaz­ing teams,” Ku­gler said. “Games like this are where we get our name out, beat­ing a great team like Du­laney. This is the first step.”

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