Fahr scores five in Sir Bills’ blowout

JOHNSTOWN – Johnstown’s David Fahr and Austin Brand combined for eight goals in a 12-2 rout of Notre Dame of Utica on Saturday, putting an end to the Sir Bills’ lacrosse team’s two-game losing skid.

After a heartbreaking last-second loss to Greenwich in their previous contest, the Sir Bills (3-3) wasted no time in striking against the winless Jugglers (0-7). Fahr took the opening face-off straight through Notre Dame’s defense and beat goalie Cody Conley just eight seconds in, putting the Sir Bills up 1-0.

Johnstown continued to pepper Conley with rips on its way to outshooting Notre Dame 20-5 in the first half.

Brand tallied his first goal of the game with 7:48 left in the first, and Anthony Mowrey added his first of two goals with just under a minute remaining.

The Jugglers got on the board early in the second when Matt Haman beat Zack Simone, but Notre Dame only mustered one more shot in the frame. Fahr and Brand each converted their second goal of the game in the quarter and Mowrey assisted on a goal by Austin Smith midway through.

Johnstown poured in an efficient three of seven shots in the second, but the Sir Bills were just warming up.

Simone and the Sir Bills held the Jugglers scoreless in the third while exploding for five more goals.

Fahr began the second half the same way he began the first, scoring less than a minute into play. He registered two more to bring his game total to five while Brand scored his third goal with 5:43 gone in the stanza.

“Our mantra at halftime was that we are not going to let up and let what happened to us against Greenwich come back and haunt us for another game,” Johnstown head coach Scott Petrie said. “We came out with more determination than ever.”

Mowrey added a top-shelf goal for his second of the contest with just 19 seconds left in the quarter to put Johnstown up 11-1.

Notre Dame found success in the final frame but could only find the back of the net one time. Johnstown’s Jeremiah Robinson scored with 5:10 remaining to sew up the double-digit victory.

“I was pushing and pushing that this could be a trap game for us,” Petrie said. “We just had to get back on our feet. I personally think that’s a good step for a good team to prove that you can rebound from something like that.”

The Sir Bills held a 51-10 shot advantage and Simone saved four balls. Conley made 12 saves for Notre Dame.

Johnstown will play at Cambridge at 5 p.m. April 22.

Johnstown 12, Notre Dame 2

Notre Dame0 1 0 1 – 2

Johnstown3 3 5 1 – 12

Goal scoring summary

Notre Dame: Davis, Haman

Johnstown: Fahr 5, Brand 3, Mowrey 2, Robinson, Smith