By Aaron Lommers Herald Writer
SNOHOMISH — The Everett Lacrosse Club’s boys varsity team accomplished a lot with its 10-4 victory over Snohomish on Wednesday. It was the team’s sixth consecutive victory and it drew them even with Snohomish for second place in the Wesco/Northwest division.
More importantly to the players it was Everett’s first victory over Snohomish at the varsity level.
Everett took a 2-0 lead after the first quarter thanks to two goals by Jackson junior Nathan Hanold. That lead held until halftime as the two teams played a scoreless second quarter.
In the second half, Everett’s offense took over. Hanold added two more goals in the third quarter as his team opened up a six-goal advantage.
“Nathan is one of our top attackers along with Justin Beretta,” Hess said. “They’re consistent and it’s a nice balance with them and on the other side Sean Hess and Kyle Kokesh. The four of them, they’re all threats (to score).”
Wednesday’s game was a perfect example — all four players had at least one goal in the victory.
Hess said Snohomish’s defense keyed in on Beretta early allowing Hanold to take advantage. Beretta’s offensive opportunities opened up in the second half when he added three goals for Everett.
“We don’t have the star player, so to speak,” Hess said. “We have all the players that can make it work. That’s what makes us dangerous. It works out real well for us.”
The Everett offense didn’t have an abundance of scoring chances, but it made the most of what it had.
“We just had to take our time and wait for the right shots,” Hanold said. “They just came to us.”
Two of the goals proved to be backbreakers for Snohomish. Hanold scored with three seconds remaining in the first quarter to give his team a two-goal lead and Jackson junior Sean Billmyer scored with 24 seconds remaining in the third quarter to extend the Everett lead to 7-2. Both goals seemed to not only give Everett momentum, but demoralize Snohomish.
“Like any game it’s a mental game,” Coach Hess said. “When you can get a couple of unanswered goals it starts to wear on the other team. It would wear on us the same way. You always want to kill their momentum and set the tempo.”
Nearly as impressive as the Everett offense was its defense, which didn’t allow a goal for nearly the first 30 minutes of the game and just four for the entire game.
Everett competed in varsity Division 2 last season and won a league championship. It moved up to Division 1 this season and hasn’t missed a beat.
“When all the polls came out at the beginning of the season we were nowhere to be found and now we’re 9-3 and sitting in second (place),” Hess said.
Aaron Lommers covers prep sports for The Herald. Follow him on Twitter at @aaronlommers and contact him at email@example.com.
At Glacier Peak H.S.
Everett 2 0 5 3 — 10
Snohomish 0 0 2 2 — 4
Everett—Nathan Hanold 4 goals; Justin Beretta 3 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball; Kyle Kokesh 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 ground balls; Sean Billmyer 1 goal, 1 ground ball; Sean Hess 1 goal; Kain Davis 5 ground balls; Bradly Strong 9 saves. Snohomish—Scotty Newsom 2 goals, 1 ground ball; Jake Berg 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 ground balls; Miles Russon 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 ground balls; Noah Palmaffy 10 saves. Records—Everett 6-2 league, 9-3 overall. Snohomish 5-2, 8-4.