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Bruins’ defense dominates

Sunday, April 4, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 5:22 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

Rock Bridge’s Chris Johnson was two saves away from having two shutouts.

Johnson, the goalie for Rock Bridge’s lacrosse team, helped his team defeat Fox 6-1 and Olathe 12-1 on Saturday at Cosmopolitan Park. The Bruins improved to 2-1.

Johnson said he would have liked to earn at least one shutout.

“Twice in one day is sort of disappointing,” Johnson said.

Johnson was close to holding Olathe scoreless when Brett Piester scored with 4:23 left.

Johnson said the low-scoring games would not have been possible without his teammates keeping opponents away from the net.

Rock Bridge held Fox to 22 shots on goal and Olathe to 23.

“That’s always important on defense,” Johnson said. “Outside shots are always the easiest to stop.”

Bruins coach Ben Smith said defense was a major factor in the team’s play.

“I’d say our defense is the strongest point of our team,” Smith said. “We’ve got ‘D’ poles that most of them are seniors. We’ve got one junior and our goalie is awesome.

“They pretty much call their shots out there.”

The Bruins might pride themselves on defense, but there were a couple of players who dominated offensively. Chris Lubbering had a hat trick against Fox. Blake Schleider scored four against Olathe. Three came in the third quarter.

“I guess I just got lucky a bunch,” Schleider said. “I had good looks from my attack men who were feeding me the ball. I had openings and I had space so I took it and made it happen.”

The rest of the Bruins scored with just as much ease against Olathe as Schleider and Lubbering. In the third period, the Bruins scored six goals on 11 shots. They made 12-of-39 against Olathe and 6-of-34 against Fox.

Lubbering said getting a large lead helped relax the team.

“It makes us a lot less tense cause we know if we fail it won’t be as big of a deal,” Lubbering said. “We’re always out here trying to prevent them from scoring even if the score is a huge difference.”

Schleider disagreed with his teammate, saying a close game kept the adrenaline up and helped him focus on the game more.


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