Friday April 11, 2014 | By:Matthew Ondesko, Community Papers of WNY Editor | Sports
Lancaster remains undefeated on the season.
HAMBURG - In a game of spurts it was the Lancaster Redskins that went on the biggest.
Lancaster went on a 9-1 run to turn a close game into a lopsided affair in the Redskins 13-5 win over Frontier on a warm spring-like day in Hamburg.
“We knew this game was going to be back and forth,” stated Lancaster coach Julie Buccieri. “Even though the score was 13-5, this wasn’t a 13-5 game.”
The Redskins started the game out hot as they scored the first three goals of the game before the Falcons could even get a shot on net.
But, in a rivalry like this, the Falcons would not go away quietly as they scored the next four to take a 4-3.
The biggest difference between the two starts for both clubs was the fact Frontier was stating to dominate the faceoff in the middle of the first half.
“We kind of had a four to five minute lapse there,” said Buccieri. “And, they were able to score some quick goals.”
From there, however, the Redskins turned up the pressure on the offensive side of the ball and started to break down the Frontier defense.
“We adjusted our draw a little bit,” stated Buccieri. “We spread out our offense a little more. And we were just more patient.”
After Frontier made it 6-5 to start the second half, the Redskins’ offense went to work scoring the last seven goals of the game. The difference in the halves was not lost on Bucceri. She said little adjustments made at the half helped the offense get back on track.
“We made some adjustments at halftime,” stated Buccieri. “We really knew if we played our game we would be ok.”
While the offense was doing its job, so was the defense. In many ways the defense outshined the offense by only allowing one goal in the half. They did a good job on their positioning and didn’t give the Falcons too many chances inside the box.
“They really held it together,” said Buccieri. “And my goalie played well. Defense is played with guts. And we really played hard.”
The win continues the hot start the Redskins are on. Besides their win over Frontier, Lancaster also owns a win over Webster Schroeder (Rochester). After a few days off, the will play Fairport on Wednesday. Games against the Rochester schools is a good way to measure yourself as they get ready for the playoffs down the road.
“We play Fairport on Wednesday and this is going to be a good test for us,” explained Buccieri. “It will just make us better in the long run. “