JOHNSTOWN - David Fahr scored seven times and Austin Brand added five goals to lead the Johnstown Sir Bills lacrosse team to an 18-3 throttling of the Voorheesville Blackbirds Thursday at Knox Middle School.
Johnstown (5-3 overall) entered Thursday's action on a two-game winning streak and easily ran their streak to three games against a young and inexperienced Voorheesville squad. The Blackbirds' roster features two juniors, one senior and a whole host of underclassmen.
Fahr tallied the first goal of the game 29 seconds in and registered a hat trick before the 6:40 mark. Johnstown's leading goal scorer added two more goals in the frame to give the Sir Bills a 5-0 lead, and Brand struck for his first of the game with 4:25 remaining to gain a 6-point advantage.
Johnstown’s David Fahr (10) looks to make a pass while being defended by Voorheesville’s Sam Weiss (20) during Thursday’s match at Knox Field. (The Leader-Herald/Shaun Anich)
"We've been talking about how the games that we're supposed to win, we need to come out and win," Johnstown head coach Scott Petrie said. "We felt like if we could get out and jump on top of these guys early it would be to our advantage, and we did it tonight."
Johnstown outshot Voorheesville 11-1 in the first, but the Blackbirds' one shot slipped past Johnstown goalkeeper Zack Simone to cut into the Sir Bills' lead with 47 seconds remaining.
Voorheesville possessed the ball nicely midway through the second quarter, but Johnstown struck for four more goals to increase their lead. Four different Sir Bills found the back of the net in the quarter, including Fahr, Brand, Marshall Manchester and Anthony Mowrey. Shawn LedDuke scored Voorheesville's only goal of the quarter and Johnstown carried a comfortable 10-2 lead into the halftime break.
"Even at halftime we talked about, let's run our plays, let's make ourselves better, let's see if we can improve what we're doing," Petrie said. "Every step is going to make a big difference in the long run for us."
After a slow start to the third, the Sir Bills continued to punish the Voorheesville defense and goalie Cedric Kuhnen. Brand flung three balls past Kuhnen, while Manchester, Austin Smith and Zach Morton picked up a goal apiece. LedDuke beat Simone for his second of the game, but Voorheesville's offensive and defensive struggles continued.
The Sir Bills chose to play the possession game as the clock ran in the final stanza. Johnstown only unleashed three shots, but two of them were good for goals against Voorheesville's backup goalkeeper Dustin Kent. Fahr finished a pretty behind-the-back goal for his seventh of the contest and Morton picked up his second. The Blackbirds didn't get a shot off in the period.
All in all, Johnstown outshot Voorheesville 36-8 in the blowout. The Sir Bills will take on the Blackbirds in Voorheesville today in the second game of a home and home. Despite the easy win Thursday, Petrie said he will caution his team to not become complacent on the road.
"I'm going to remind all of them that they've watched an upset happen before in front of their eyes on TV somewhere," Petrie said. "It can happen to anyone and it certainly can happen to us."
Johnstown 18, Voorheesville 3
Voorheesville1 1 1 0 - 3
Johnstown6 4 6 2 - 18
Goal Scoring Summary
Voorheesville: LeDDuke 2, Ardman
Johnstown: Fahr 7, Brand 5, Manchester 2, Morton 2, Mowrey, Smith.