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After slow start, Troy gets past Troy Athens 11-4 WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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Lacrosse - Boys - 5/16/2016 5:30 p.m.

Troy Athens 4
Troy 11
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TROY – Things weren’t looking good for Nate Reynolds and the Troy boys lacrosse team on Monday.

The Colts found themselves trailing rival Troy Athens 4-0 midway through the second period of their annual meeting.

However, Reynolds rallied his team together and the Colts found a spark that ignited a flame, and Athens had no answer for it. Troy would go on an 11-0 run that lasted the final 28:35 of play and gave the Colts an 11-4 victory.

“We just had to get back to our game plan,” Reynolds said. “I credit the boys for not letting the slow start get to us. We stayed composed and started to do what we had talked about and things turned around from there.”

Troy (8-8) has been looking for a statement win all season as the young Colts have played in a number of close games. Monday marked their biggest win of the season.

“Our goal has really been to put a complete game together,” Reynolds said. “We didn’t do that (Monday) with the first quarter, but we played a great three quarters after that and really played well. This was something we’ve been looking for and we are getting closer to really having a complete game. We couldn’t have asked for a better time to do it either, against our rival.”

Troy Athens (7-9) was able to dominate the first quarter and most of the second thanks to the play of junior Jake Lining. Lining posted all for goals for the Red Hawks before Troy made a concentrated defensive effort to stop him.

“We knew Jake Lining was a great player and I think we were in a little bit of shock to start the game,” Reynolds said. “He did a great job of getting his hands free and finding a way to put the ball in the back of the net. We definitely had to make some changes after that.”

Offensively, Troy wasn’t getting good looks at the net early on, but once the Colts got their first goal with 3:04 left in the half, things changed. Sophomore Jack Baker scored the first goal and then senior Blake Best scored with a minute left in the half to cut the Athens’ lead to 4-2 at the break.

“We have been having trouble playing in a zone. Once we started to run our normal offense, things started clicking for us,” Best said.

In the third, Best netted a pair of goals to make it 4-4 entering the fourth.

The final period was all Troy, as Jordan Coval was dominant in the faceoff circle, allowing the Colts to control the ball for the majority of play. Best would tally four goals in the fourth to lead the 7-0 rally.

“We wanted to be patient on offense and get some good looks. Once we started to be more patient, we got the shots we wanted and started scoring,” Reynolds said.

Baker would net a second goal in the fourth while junior Patrick Tanguay and sophomore Chris Kondoleon also scored.

“We are a young team, but we have really come on in the second half of the season and I think we are going to be a tough team to beat in the playoffs.”

Before the playoffs, Troy will host Birmingham on Thursday to wrap up OAA play.

“This team is pretty confident. We have been taking steps forward all season and right now we feel like we are playing our best,” Reynolds said. “You want to be peaking at this time of year and I think that is the direction we are heading. We just need to keep working and staying focused.”

Athens has wrapped up its regular season and will now get set to host a playoff game next Tuesday against an opponent to be determined.

Last Updated: 5/16/2016 9:22:13 PM EST


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