A quick start, and a fast finish carried Benjamin to a 10-5 victory against Jupiter Thursday night in a boys lacrosse match at Jupiter Community Park.
Peter Reed scored three goals to lead the Bucs (10-2), who dominated in the first and fourth quarters to earn the win.
“We came out here and tried to just be really fundamental and execute,” Benjamin coach Shane Rye said. “I don’t care how fancy they are. The best players start working on fundamentals, and they just get faster every year.”
The Bucs showed plenty of speed in a dominant first quarter.
After spotting the Warriors a 1-0 lead, Benjamin stormed back to score five unanswered goals – two from Reed and one each from Blake Erdmann, Griffin Bowie and Chase Farriss – to go ahead 5-1 at the end of the first quarter.
Jupiter’s scoring drought continued in the second quarter, as the Warriors (12-3) were held scoreless against a stiff Bucs’ defense.
“Our kids just started to play,” Rye said of Benjamin’s defenders. “We’ve got a really good collection of kids that when they play systemically, they’re really good. We’re just pounding them every day.”
The only goal scored in the quarter came from Benjamin midfielder Ryan Kelly.
Kelly’s score gave the Bucs a 6-1 lead, which they held until halftime.
The Warriors finally got their offense going to start the second half, netting a pair of goals less than a minute apart in the third quarter to pull within 6-3.
Tanner Gabriel scored again for the Warriors before the quarter ended, and a Chris Radice goal early in the fourth quarter cut the Bucs’ lead to 6-5.
But Benjamin pulled away from there, scoring the final four goals to seal the win.
Kelly and Bowie each scored a pair of goals for the Bucs, while Radice had two goals for Jupiter.
Benjamin 13, Jupiter Chrisitan 0: Jack Mccluskey went 2-3 with a home run and a double while Aaron Steinhart went 3-3 with a home run as the Buccaneers shut out the Eagles in Jupiter.