With starters back, Nation Ford hopes to rebound

mbanks@comporium.netMarch 10, 2014 

— A slow start in a driving, near-freezing rain dampened the start of the season for Nation Ford boys’ lacrosse team.

The Falcons fell to Heathwood Hall 11-5 last week, dropping its record to 1-4. Nation Ford also lost to the No. 1 team in the state, Academic Magnet, 17-4.

“We have been coming out flat all year and I haven’t been able to figure it out yet,” said Nation Ford head coach Brian Holland. “We wait until we are down six to eight goals and then we decide to start playing.”

Holland said his team is back to full now after some players were out with injuries. He’s hoping things can turn around for the Falcons.

Heathwood Hall came out in the first period and scored the first five goals of the game in 6:30. From that point, the team outscored the Falcons 6-5, but Nation Ford played better. In the second quarter, Nation Ford started things off with a goal from senior Justin Gould.

“They got more aggressive and started getting after the ball,” Holland said. “We put ourselves in holes and it’s tough to dig out of.”

Heathwood Hall scored three more goals and took an 8-1 lead. However, the Falcons added another goal from Gould right before the half.

Starting the second half, Heathwood Hall controlled the ball not allowing Nation Ford to win any ground balls or create any offense. The Falcons went the first eight minutes of the third quarter struggling to gain possession of the ball and never crossed mid-field.

Heathwood Hall added another goal before the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Nation Ford added three more goals to cut the deficit, but wasn’t able to stop Heathwood Hall defensively.

The first goal for the Falcons in the final quarter came from junior Chris Detar with about seven minutes left in the game. Nation Ford senior Matt Moore came right back just 12 seconds later after the Falcons won the face off to score again and make it 10-4.

Detar scored again for Nation Ford, but Heathwood Hall would add an 11th and final goal of the game as well.

Against Academic Magnet, the Falcons held the Charleston school to a slower start giving up one goal in the first, but allowed six goals in the second and fourth periods.

The Falcons will play two games this week with a home match at 7 p.m. against Riverside Thursday and a road game Saturday at Dorman.

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