By Mike Dougherty
LINCOLDALE — As the goals began to pile up, Somers made a string of desperate adjustments intended to impede Jack Grass.
Tuskers coach Lew Janavey tried everything short of a rain dance.
Grass was simply too strong, too fast or too smart and was able to make something happen each time he came spinning into play off the X, leading Bronxville to a resounding 20-7 win over the baffled Tuskers with five goals and five assists.
Every time the Hopkins-bound attackman turned around, a number on the scoreboard changed.
“Jack is a big help for us,” said Matt Behrens who also poured in five goals. “That creates more opportunities for each and every guy, not only for me and Henry Grass on attack, but also for the midfield guys like Brewster Warble and Reilly Walsh.”
Each time Somers (4-5) made a mistake in the opening minutes, the Broncos came down and scored.
“I don’t ever have a problem with our team coming to play or having good intensity,” Janavey said. “I just think we were a step slow today reacting, and when that happens against a team with that kind of power, it costs you. They are very good. They have the ability to win a state championship. That’s no secret.”
Grass had offseason surgery to correct a shoulder injury and until Saturday was running with the midfield in order to get back into game shape. Bronxville (7-1) was up 4-0 within the first six minutes.
And the more faceoffs Liam Lynch and Owen Jones won, the worse it got.
“We came out firing,” Broncos coach Tim Horgan said. “It was nice. We knew they ran a zone and we prepared for it. Jack played well. It’s tough for anyone to push him out. And when he’s close to the goal, he’s a threat, so they have to slide. And when they slide, we have somebody open. It’s nice to have a player like that.”
Chris Marasco finally got loose and put an end to the run after Bronxville was up by five goals. It was a 10-4 lead at the half. Marc Fiocco provided a glimmer of hope in the first minute of the season half, but the Broncos responded with five straight goals.
Henry Grass added four goals and one assist. Reilly Walsh had three goals and one assist.
Bronxville is playing with noticeable chemistry on both ends. The only significant loss to graduation was a faceoff man, and the experience gained over the last two seasons is paying dividends.
Two big wins this week have re-established momentum after last week’s 15-3 loss at Yorktown.
“That was a big smack in the face,” Jack Grass said. “Starting with the next practice, everybody has been working really hard and coach has done a great job of getting us ready. There’s a lot of senior leadership going on and we’ve been getting a great effort. We can’t let up.”