3 goals in 16 seconds part of 15-3 thrashing
Eagle Staff Writer
BUTLER TWP — The Butler boys lacrosse team found itself in a precarious position entering the second quarter of its game against Shaler.
The Golden Tornado, who had scored 56 goals in the first three games, held only a 1-0 lead against the Titans.
Then, the floodgates opened.
Cole Harvey, Nathan Barthlow and Tyler Kotch each registered four goals, and Kotch had four assists.
"To step up when we need to, we have that firepower," said
"You know where the goalie's weak spots are. We moved the ball around and spread it around the field," the coach added.
Kotch opened the scoring into the first quarter when he corralled a pass from
Cannon made six saves in that first period to keep Shaler in the game.
In the second quarter, however,
Barthlow followed with an unassisted goal with left in the quarter before Barthlow, Harvey and Kotch scored in a 16-second span to open a 6-0 advantage.
"Once you start shooting so many times, they start going in," said defensemen Nick Elliott.
Harvey and Barthlow opened the third quarter with goals before the Titans reached the scoring column when Jon Monahan scored unassisted with to go.
Barthlow answered 16 seconds later before Monahan added his second of the game to make it 9-2.
That 12-goal lead started the mercy-rule clock.
While the offense has been clicking in the first four games, the defense also has been stellar, especially Hill in goal.
"I give a lot of credit to (defenders) Ryan Soule, Nick Elliott and John Noel," said midfielder Patrick Hitchan. "We keep communicating.
"And Alex Hill, he's improved so much. He's the base of our defense. He calls the slides, makes sure where the matchups are. He keeps an eye on everything," he added.
"We have a strong senior class," Hill said. "We lost only one starter from last year's team."
That team reached the semifinals before falling to Greensburg Central Catholic.