CHAMBERSBURG — Coming off what was likely the most thrilling victory in program history on Monday, the Chambersburg boys lacrosse team had to get their act together again two days later.
Wednesday evening’s effort may not have been their best, but the Trojans still had plenty left to put away Mechanicsburg 16-6 in a Mid Penn Commonwealth game at Trojan Stadium.
“We were a little sloppy in the first half, but it’s been kind of an emotional roller coaster,” Chambersburg coach Paul Flohr said, referring to his team overcoming an 11-3 halftime deficit to beat State College 13-12 in overtime Monday.
Trojan attack Aidan Brechbill, who scored a season-high five goals, said, “We let the momentum take over and we were able to get a win again. It was very exciting Monday. At halftime, half the people in the stands left, but for the people who stayed it was a cool experience.”
Klein Burkholder scored two goals in the first quarter Wednesday, and Brechbill, Austin Brookens and Dom Marangoni also hit the net. Haden Ocker scored twice and Brechbill once in the second to stretch the halftime lead to 8-4 over the Wildcats (3-8, 1-5 MPC).
Flohr said, “The last four or five games, our middies have been looking for the pass and that’s helped the offense.”
Chambersburg (4-6, 2-2 MPC) ripped off the first three goals of the second half — by Burkholder on a man-up situation, Brechbill and Marangoni — to open up an 11-4 lead.
The Wildcats scored the last two goals of the quarter on shots by Pierce Hart and Dakota Williams.
“They got those two goals and I told our guys to stop playing at their level,” Flohr said.
They listened, outscoring Mechanicsburg 5-0 in the final period. Thomas Elia and Brechbill each scored twice and Ocker added his third.
Brechbill’s final goal was a doozy. He rolled around the right side of the Wildcat cage and fit his shot past goalie Ivan Tochev’s shoulder and inside the pipes from a severe angle.
“I got to the corner and didn’t see anybody open, so I gave it a shot,” Brechbill said.
Flohr thought the play of his midfielders dictated the game.
“The top middies group — Burkholder, Ocker and Eliz — had seven goals and Haden had three assists and six ground balls,” Flohr said. “That’s awesome when you can have midfielders do that.”
He was also pleased to see some things the team has worked on in practice be used in a game.
Flohr said, “Caleb Shatzer did well at least three times by cutting on an angle and getting the ball after a face-off. It’s little things like that that make a big difference.”
Chambersburg will need all those little things to come together if it wants to make a late charge and reach the District 3 playoffs. The Trojans are currently No. 16 in the rankings and the top 12 qualify.
“We pretty much need to win out,” Flohr said.
Brechbill said, “I think we can get on a run here and make the playoffs if everybody gives his best effort.”
Chambersburg 16, Mechanicsburg 6
Mechanicsburg 2 2 2 0 — 6
Chambersburg 5 3 3 5 — 16
Mechanicsburg scoring: G — Pierce Hart 2, Zach Ihnat 2, Sam Orner, Dakota Williams. A — Williams 2, Gehman, Ihnat.
Chambersburg scoring: G — Aidan Brechbill 5, Haden Ocker 3, Klein Burkholder 3, Dom Marangoni 2, Thomas Elia 2, Austin Brookens; A — Ocker 3, Burkholder, Marangoni.
Ground balls — Chbg 45 (Nash Bothe 8, Ben Melego 7, Ocker 6). Saves — Mech 8 (Ivan Tochev); Chbg 9 (Angel Santos). Face-offs — Chbg 14 of 25 (Bothe). Penalties — Mech 6, Chbg 5.