The Granville boys lacrosse team was in attack mode from the opening seconds of Tuesday’s game against visiting Wellington.
The Blue Aces scored two minutes in and they kept scoring in a 14-3 victory against the visiting Jaguars.
Senior Sam Caravan, who led the way with four goals and an assist, scored with 10 minutes left in the first period. Six different players scored in the first as Granville took a 7-0 lead.
It was exactly the start the Blue Aces have been looking for. After losing the first two games of the season, Granville (6-2) has won six consecutive.
“The last couple of games we have really started slow, so we really focused on getting off to a fast start,” Caravana said. “We obviously did a good job of that. Once we got that first goal, we got our timing right and settled in. We got into a nice rhythm, and things became easier.”
Blue Aces coach Kurt Hansen said: “Wellington is having a tough year, and we took advantage of that. But it was nice to start fast because the last two games we have dug ourselves in a hole and have had to fight our way out of it.”
Nine different players scored for Granville. Jeremiah Hansen and Cole Jaquith finished with two goals each.
Alex O’Neill, Michael Doring, Lincoln Meikel, Sam Hollingsworth, Dakota Smith and Brett Bolden also scored. Hogan Miller didn’t allow a goal before he was lifted in the second half.
Wellington scored all of its goals in the fourth period when most of the Blue Ace starters were on the bench.
“It was nice to get a lot of the younger kids in the game,” Hansen said. “It’s a great reward for the kids who don’t get as much playing time because they work really hard in practice.
“It’s nice to have a game like this every once in awhile, but we know it’s not going to be like this. Most games are going to be a lot tougher and down to the wire.”
The Blue Aces, who are ranked No. 3 in the Central Region, will look to make it seven straight when they host rival New Albany on Friday. On Monday, they will host No. 1 Watterson.
“We have really done a good job of picking up the intensity in practice,” Caravana said. “Guys are playing a lot harder, and we are doing a good job of possessing the ball.
“If we continue to play well together, we can keep making things happen. The key is playing together as a team. That is what has led us to these six straight wins.”