Without the lumps they absorbed in their first four years of existence, the Indiana High School lacrosse team couldn’t have delivered the brand of beating that they dished out to Penn-Trafford in their season opener Friday.
A fired up Indiana squad scored five goals in the game’s first five minutes and never really broke a sweat en route to a 13-0 win in a WPIAL non-section game at Andy Kuzneski Field.
Extremely pleased with his team’s performance, Indiana coach Eric Wetzel, who guided the Indians to an 8-4 record and their first-ever playoff berth last season, sounded off on his team’s expectations in 2013.
“Our goalie and a lot of our seniors are four-year starters,” Wetzel said. “We’ve been waiting to reap the harvest for a good while now. We got beat up pretty bad the first few years. Now we think we’re finally ready to make some waves in the WPIAL.”
Andrew Wetzel, one of several four-year starters on the team, terrorized the Warriors in the game’s opening minutes.
Wetzel put the Indians on the board first when he scored in the crease less than 15 seconds into the game, with 9 minutes, 46 seconds left in the first quarter.
Just 15 seconds later, Wetzel fed Keldon Spicher, who fired a nifty shot past the Penn-Trafford goalie to make it a 2-0 game.
Wetzel fed David Zimmerman for Indiana’s next goal just nine seconds later. He then scored two goals in less than a minute span, the second of which came with 5:33 left in the first to make it a 5-0 game.
Spicher swelled the Indians’ lead to 6-0 by scoring from 15 yards with 4:52 left in the first.
“Just like any other team we wanted to get out to a strong start. Get things going with a bang,” Spicher, who piled up two goals and two assists, said. “We started off real strong with three goals right off the bat. That’s how we like to do it. We don’t like to hold back at all.”
Luke Lewandowski, Ryan Watters and Zimmerman scored a goal apiece before the end of the first quarter, stretching the lead to 9-0.
Wetzel scored his fourth goal of the game with 1:52 left in the first half to balloon the lead to 12-0 at halftime.
“We know we’re going to be up against some teams that are a lot stronger coming up,” Wetzel said. “We’re just looking to get better every week. We’ve just got to get a few bugs out before we head to Mars next Wednesday.”
Indiana goalie Sean Rhodes, another four-year starter, made four saves. Backup goalie Max Kittelmann made two saves.
Andrew Wetzel paced Indiana with five groundballs on defense and added three assists. Watters chipped in three goals and two assists, and Pat Snyder added two goals and two assists. Derek Stapleton had two assists and six groundballs, and Zimmerman tacked on five groundballs.