Originally created 03/12/06

Panthers' early lead not enough to win



A 20-save performance from goalkeeper Mike Greer wasn't enough to keep the Lakeside lacrosse team from losing its second game of the year, 11-8 to Starr's Mill on Saturday.

It was the second and final home game of the year for the Panthers, who brought high school lacrosse to the area for the first time.

"I expected it to be a close game because we're both first-year programs," Lakeside coach Ron Ritter said. "We were real good to start off, but for some reason our guys played down today."

After easily winning their home opener less than two weeks ago, the Panthers picked up where they left off by taking a first-quarter lead.

Lakeside's top scorer, Tim Boner, won the opening face-off and found the net in the game's first minute off of a pass from Zach Long for a 1-0 lead.

Boner won seven of eight face-offs, including the game's first four, to give Lakeside a 4-2 advantage after one quarter.

"The face-offs are very important," Starr's Mill coach Larry Overton said. "That's what we like to do. If anything, it's just easier to start off on offense."

Starr's Mill took control in the second quarter, with Keagon Overton winning most of the face-offs. The offense took advantage of the possessions to convert three goals for a 5-4 lead at halftime. Starr's Mill attackman Joel Gossner scored four of his team's first five goals for the one-point lead.

"That was about as much our fault as it was him scoring," Greer said of Gossner's performance. "We started messing around too much with the lead."

Lakeside attackman Cameron Ballard scored two of the three goals for a 7-5 Lakeside advantage midway through the third quarter. The rest of the game however, saw the two-goal Lakeside lead vanish after a 6-1 Starr's Mill run.

The loss puts both teams at 2-2 overall. Lakeside will finish the rest of its seven-game schedule on the road. Its next game is Tuesday at White Knoll.

Reach Billy Byler at (706) 863-6165 or billy.byler@augustachronicle.com.