The Lakeside Panthers lacrosse team got the equivalent of a tuneup match against Druid Hills on Saturday.
The Panthers (3-0, 2-0 Region 4-AAAA-A) scored three minutes into the contest against the Red Devils, who are in their first year as a varsity squad. Lakeside finished with an 18-3 win.
“We got to practice a lot of plays that needed practice,” Lakeside coach Ron Ritter said.
There was plenty of scoring to go around for the Panthers, who built a 9-0 lead before the Red Devils were able to get on the board. In all, six Panthers found the back of the net, led by senior attacker Justin Wells with six goals.
“The wealth was spread across,” Wells said. “It’s always good when a lot of people score and not just two or three.”
By the end of the first half, when the Panthers led 10-1, they had also recorded four assists and would finish with six for the game.
“Our offense was fluid today,” said junior Christian O’Gorman, who finished with four goals. “We did good finding the open man and getting him the ball.”
Other scorers included Eric Angelisanti with three, Alex Bowen with two, Bryant McIlwain with two and Austin Brown with one.
While the offense was clicking, the Panthers’ defense limited the Red Devils’ attack. First-year goalie Doug Horn, a converted offensive lineman, stopped five shots.
“He made some really good saves,” Ritter said.
Horn kept the goal area clear, at one point in the first half essentially pancaking a Red Devils attacker.
“It’s fun. I love it,” Horn said of moving to goalie. “They say the goalie is like being the quarterback of the defense.”