BEDFORD – Cullen Morgan. Thomas Tenney. Matt Magnan. Ryder Beitzel. Matt Harrison.
It’s extremely difficult to deal with all of the scoring options Fox Lane is putting on the field this season. They lit up the scoreboard again Saturday, dealing a 17-7 loss to Hen Hud.
Goals are coming fast and furious.
“They’re scary,” Sailors coach Craig Solomon said. “We tried running some gimmick defenses, but there are too many guys to deal with.”
Beitzel got the Foxes rolling two minutes in. Magnan dumped in the next two. Tenney closed out the quarter, making it 4-0.
“It’s a lot of fun,” said Morgan, a senior who signed with Georgetown. “It’s nice having guys you can rely on at the offensive end. We’re so much better. I think we’re clicking so well right now. Everyone has matured a lot, so we’re playing the best we’ve ever played.”
While the unbeaten Foxes have not played a powerhouse yet, they have outscored their four opponents thus far by a 71-21 margin.
“It’s fun to watch them,” Fox Lane defenseman Sean New said. “They do some crazy stuff.”
Morgan hustled in for a goal after winning the second-quarter faceoff, but Hen Hud was able to momentarily regroup and pull within 5-3. Mike Smith got Hen Hud started with an extra-man goal. Max Popolizio and Nick Marra kept the run going, but Morgan, Sam Thomson and Tenney gave the Foxes an 8-3 halftime lead.
Each mistake the Sailors made was costly.
“We just have to mature,” Solomon said. “We have a lot of younger kids who are being thrown to the wolves and each game we’re doing more and more things better. It’s a long season. We’ll improve and we really don’t have to be playing our best until May, so we’ll take our lumps now and learn from this.”
There was more of the same after the break, and Fox Lane was up 13-5 after three quarters and in position to start thinking ahead. Next up is a real test. The Foxes go to Pleasantville on Thursday.
Player of the game: Morgan was all over the place, winning faceoffs and finishing with four goals and three assists.
Turning point: The Sailors were good for three- and four-minute stretches, but after working so hard for three goals to close within 5-3, they gave up three goals in a hurry.
Stat line: The Foxes are great 1-on-1, but they also share the ball and finished with 10 assists. … Magnan added three goals and three assists. Tenney had two goals and two assists. Beitzel had three goals. … Smith had two goals to lead Hen Hud. Nick Marra had one goal, five assists and five ground balls.
Quotable: “We’re getting so much better practicing against our own offense,” New said. “When we face other teams, it’s nothing compared to what we have to go against day in and day out. … Practice gets pretty competitive at times. We go back and forth with each other pretty hard. Me and Thomas nearly get into a fight every practice because of how we go at each other. It’s great. We get heated, but when practice is over, we’re all back together and laugh it off.”