Westfield — The Zionsville boys lacrosse team knew the challenge that was ahead of them Thursday night when they traveled to Westfield for a Hoosier Crossroads Lacrosse Conference game.
The fifth-ranked Eagles were traveling to a sixth-ranked Shamrocks team was was 8-1 on the year, and averaging nearly 17 goals a game, while allowing just four goals a contest.
But the Eagles were well prepared all week, and put together a strong four quarter performance in a 19-13 win over the Shamrocks.
"Our coaching staff put together a gameplan earlier this week and the guys worked really hard on it in practice," Zionsville head coach James Rundle said. "The execution from the boys tonight was flawless and I couldn't be prouder right now. We have a lot of work to do, but it was a good showing tonight."
The game was back-and-forth early, with two goals from Aidan Oberweiser and a goal from Jack Swenberg giving the Eagles a 3-2 lead.
But Westfield scored five of the last six goals of the quarter to take a 7-4 lead after one.
The tide changed in the second quarter.
Down 8-5, the Eagles scored the last seven goals of the quarter to take a 12-8 lead into the halftime break.
"I loved our fight," Rundle said. "We have been preaching all season about playing four quarters, and we haven't been able to do that yet this year. To see us come really close to putting four quarters together is the best feeling in the world."
Coming out of halftime, the Eagles didn't put their foot off the gas.
The teams traded goals early, with goals by Jason Carr and Bennet Chambers putting the Eagles up 14-10.
But another goal by Carr and one from Kai Takesue put the Eagles up 16-11 and pushed momentum firmly Zionsville's way, and they kept Westfield at bay from there.
"We were just focused on throttling down and keeping on the same track we were going with in the second quarter," Rundle said. "Luckily we stayed the course, the guys believed in themselves and we did it."
Nearly 10 different Eagles scored on the night, which isn't an uncommon occurence for the team.
Six different players have at least 10 goals this year for Zionsville, and that is going to be something that helps them a lot in the later part of the year.
"I think it makes us really dangerous," Rundle said. "From some of the scores that we have posted, we have proved we are able to score the ball in many different ways. Now that we are starting to see where all our personnel fits best, I think we can really make some waves."
The Eagles are now off until next Wednesday, when they travel to Center Grove to take on the 19th ranked Trojans.
It will be the second of four-straight road games for the Eagles, before they finish with four-straight games at home.
"This is the time of the year that I look forward to," Rundle said. "We have a lot of games coming up here, and big games that will decide the rest of our season. It is kind of hard not to get excited for these games."