UPPER MORELAND >> Plymouth Whitemarsh came into Tuesday’s Suburban One League American Conference lacrosse game with Upper Moreland looking for a fast start.
The host Bears were looking for some consistency.
The final score – PW 14 Upper Moreland 1 – gives an indication which team found what it was seeking.
The Colonials got three goals in the game’s first 1:45 then rolled to the win while the Bears struggled defensively, then could do little to catch up.
“This is the kind of start we’ve been looking for,” said Colonials head coach Bryan Gregg. “We’ve been looking to play hard from the start of the game, but that’s not something we’ve been doing consistently. But today we got those quick goals, and then we kept going. We kept playing hard.”
Those goals, including two from Colin Kissane, set the tone, and the Colonials didn’t let up.
On the other sideline, the Bears took that hard punch early, but wouldn’t get off the canvas.
“We’ve been on and off,” said Bears head coach Ethan Fleming. “Certain games we’ve shown up to play, but today we didn’t have the maturity to come back.”
The Colonials added another goal before the end of the quarter, then expanded their lead to 10-0 by halftime.
It got no prettier in the second half.although the Colonials called off the dogs and scored just four more times after halftime.
By game’s end, Kissane would account for four goals, Kenny Diamond would add three and the host Bears would be left wondering what happened.
“We knew we had to win, we knew we had a team we could beat and we out strong,” said PW’s Brendan Sullivan, who scored a pair of goals. “We got those couple of goals early, and that got us going.
“Our starts to the game have been our problem, but today we started out strong, and we were able to continue with energy.”
“We’re not where we need to be yet,” Gregg said. “We have a lot of good teams coming up – Upper Dublin, Hatboro-Horsham, Souderton – and we still have the ability to control our own destiny.
“We have to rely on ourselves, not anybody else, to decide the rest of our season.”
As for the Bears (3-4, 1-1), Fleming said the they need a little time to put things together.
“It’s not as though the talent isn’t there,” the coach said. “it’s just a matter of putting it all together, and playing good lacrosse.”