Bulldogs take bite out of SMS in home opener
In the inaugural home game of the 2010 season, the Leavenworth/Lansing Bulldogs lacrosse team established dominance on the field early against Shawnee Mission South’s varsity squad Thursday, April 1, at West Middle School.
By the end of the first quarter, the Bulldogs were up 5-1. By the time the Bulldogs had finished picking the remnants of Raiders out of their cleats, the Bulldogs had earned a 14-8 victory.
The Bulldogs' attackmen accounted for 10 of the 14 Leavenworth/Lansing goals, all having been earned by students of Leavenworth High School. Once again, Senior Adam Rosendahl led the team in scoring by firing the white sphere past the SMS goaltender successfully four times. A three-way tie for second place in goal scoring went to senior Tim Eash (attack), junior Joe McKane (midfield) and freshman Josh Ammel (attack) — all with three goals each. Junior midfielder Brian McGill also scored once.
Lansing High sophomores Brendan Hannigan and Richard Jeffries were mad dogs of ground balls for the evening, besting the SMS attackmen in recoveries. Dylan Levine of Warren Middle School and Austin Rainville of Patton Junior High also earned ground ball recovery credits. Even Patton freshman goalie Teddy Bowie got in on the ground ball frenzy, recovering three when he wasn’t making one of his 10 saves. However, the accolades for ground ball recovery for the game went to Leavenworth senior Brandon Eash with seven for the evening. Overall, the Bulldogs were able to recover the ball 30 percent more than the Raiders.
With nine goals on the scoreboard for Leavenworth/Lansing by the end of the second quarter and Shawnee Mission South only able to answer successfully three times, the Raiders’ frustration showed in their third quarter of play. The Raiders’ strategy of attempting to employ dominant physical play to compensate for lack of goal scoring put Leavenworth/Lansing coach Joe Parker in a tight situation; nearly half of the Bulldogs are in seventh, eighth and ninth grade. Although wanting to season his younger players, Parker had to rely on the conditioning to his bigger upperclassmen to break the will of his opponent until he could bring more of the underclassmen back in the game in the fourth quarter. To counter the increase in physical play, the Bulldogs ensured they paid back each body check with generous compound interest.
Overall, both teams played the game cleanly with each team earning four minutes of penalty time.
The Bulldogs next play at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, and Thursday, April 8, at West Middle School, 1901 Spruce Street, Leavenworth.