Eagles start new era off with win | Sports

ZIONSVILLE – A new era of Zionsville boys lacrosse got underway on a high note Wednesday evening.

In the first game under head coach Steve Geske, the Eagles overpowered Brebeuf Jesuit 14-7 to start the season 1-0.

“We were in control most of the game,” Geske said. “We had a couple little lapses there that we will have to clean up, but it was a first-game jitters kind of thing. Moving forward, the energy is there and the group is really coming together. We’re definitely a group that’s a family and everyone in there knows it. That’s really going to carry us into the rest of the season. “

Zionsville took control early.

They led 4-0 after the first quarter, and after back-to-back goals from Ryker Bednar, led 6-0 with 9:28 left in the first half.

The Eagles got scoring from four different players in that opening 14:32 and showed the balance that can make them successful.

“All week we talked about starting the game off strong and putting our foot on the gas early,” Geske said. “Against a team like Brebeuf, if you can get up on them early and build a lead, they will start to slow up and you can take advantage of that a little bit.”

The Braves took some of the momentum back heading into the locker room.

They scored the final three goals of the half to get within 6-3 heading into the locker room.

But in the second half, the Eagles never let them back into the game.

Bednar scored to make it 7-3 just 42 seconds into the half. He added another goal with 8:40 left in the third, and TJ Streepey followed with a goal 15 seconds later to restore the six-goal lead.

“At halftime, we wanted to make sure their run didn’t carry into the second half,” Geske said. “The boys did a great job of that. They paid attention to what we talked about and put it together in the second half. I was really impressed with the effort coming out of the locker room. “

Brebeuf tried to make one last surge, scoring back-to-back goals to get within 9-5 with 5:49 left in the third quarter.

But Emerson Holifield scored 35 seconds after the Braves’ last goal, and Bednar and Holifield added two more before the end of the quarter to make it 12-5.

The teams traded goals in the fourth quarter.

Overall, especially with Brebeuf pushing forward to get back into the game, Geske said he was happy with the defensive effort that limited the Braves’ offense.

“We wanted to clean up those little things in front of the goal,” Geske said. “In the first half, we were getting caught a little off ball, maybe a little asleep at times. Some of that was first-game jitters, but we were better as the game went on and we will watch the film and get better there. “

Geske is in his first year as a head coach, taking over for James Rundle.

While a coaching transition is never easy, Geske said the way the team has bought in and has been really encouraging.

“The biggest thing so far has been breaking down what was going on before and kind of rebuilding and putting our own flair on it,” Geske said. “That’s kind of where we got our team motto – ‘Why not us?’ Every year it seems to be the same three or four teams that everyone looks at. We are sitting there on the outside saying, ‘why not us?’ We believe we have the talent in the group and that self belief is what is going to carry them forward. “

The Eagles return some key pieces from last year’s team.

Geske said a couple of leaders have emerged from the group so far, but knows it will be an entire team effort to be successful.

“Earlier on, Will Sorg has really stepped up as a captain and has been a great leader for us,” Geske said. “Lately, Ryker Bednar has stepped up. Obviously his impact of him on the field is huge, and then he carries that same effort and intensity into the locker room too. That’s been a big help. “

The Eagles will aim to start the season 2-0 on Saturday when they travel to Center Grove.

“We have had Saturday circled on our calendars,” Geske said. “A good friend of mine, coach Broderick is coaching down there and it will be a good test. It’s a game last year the guys definitely would like to have back, so we are all gears ahead for Saturday and the boys will be ready to go. “

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