Johnstown routs Maple Hill in home opener

JOHNSTOWN – David Fahr found the back of the net seven times for Johnstown as the Sir Bills’ lacrosse team romped past the Maple Hill Wildcats 15-1 Thursday at Knox Field.

A trio of scorers added two goals apiece for the Sir Bills (1-1), who were too physical and too quick for the Wildcats to hang with.

Fahr kicked off the scoring early on for Johnstown. The senior put one in with less than a minute-and-a-half gone and tallied his second goal of the game less than two minutes later.

The Sir Bills unleashed a flurry of shots toward Maple Hill goalie J.D. Dorward in the first half. Johnstown had possession of the ball for a good portion of the first 24 minutes and outshot the Wildcats 30-6.

Fahr netted his third goal of the game with two minutes remaining in the first quarter and Austin Brand scored 33 seconds later.

Johnstown’s momentum carried over into the second quarter.

Fahr found Jeremiah Robinson for a goal just 21 seconds into the period, and Brand scored following a slashing call on Maple Hill just over one minute later.

Maple Hill had their best scoring opportunity to that point when Austin Seymour got off an uncontested shot on Johnstown’s goal. The shot rocketed directly into the netting off goalie Zach Simone’s stick.

Fahr scored for a fourth time midway through the quarter and Maple Hill finally got on the board late in the half when Nathan Bryda rifled one past Simone.

The pace of the game slowed down in the second half but Fahr was far from done. He took the second half’s opening face-off all the way to the goal and scored just 12 seconds in.

“He’s [Fahr] been putting in all the time in the world, year round, trying to get himself better,” head coach Scott Petrie said. “He’s key to our face-offs and he’s key to igniting our offense. If he gets going then the whole team gets a little more of a spark.”

Sam Brunetto tallied his first of two goals with 10:43 remaining in the third as Johnstown controlled the ball effectively. Junior Marshall Manchester, who also scored late in the first half, put in his second of the game late in the third to run Johnstown’s lead to 11-1.

Fahr connected two more times in the later stages of the game and Austin Smith added one for good measure. A second goal for Brunetto closed out the scoring.

Simone wasn’t very busy in goal for Johnstown. He allowed just one goal while making eight saves as Maple Hill was outshot 44-12. Dorward made six saves for the Wildcats.

The blowout victory came on the heels of a 9-3 loss to Lansingburgh on Tuesday.

“This is absolutely not a sprint,” Petrie said. “This is a jog right now. Every day we’ve got to get better and every game we’ve got to get better.”

Johnstown’s next test will come Saturday when they welcome the Hoosick Falls Panthers to Knox Field.

“We’ve got to work on a few things before Saturday’s game,” Petrie said. “Everything about Hoosick Falls is defense-wise. If we can’t move the ball and play well on offense, then we’re going to have some problems.”

The opening face-off is set for noon.

Johnstown 15, Maple Hill 1

Johnstown4 4 4 3 – 15

Maple Hill0 1 0 0 – 1

Goal Scoring Summary

Johnstown: Fahr 7, Brand 2, Brunetto 2, Manchester 2, Robinson, Smith

Maple Hill: Bryda