Posted on Sunday February 5, 2012
After posting a decisive 12 goal victory 2 weeks ago, the Kentucky Stickhorses could be forgiven if they assumed that their rematch against the Jersey Jesters might be an easy affair. The Jesters, however, came in with a refined game plan and a firm determination to ensure a different outcome.
The rematch proved to be a much tighter affair. The Jesters came out running fast and firing hard, posting the first 3 goals of the game. The Stickhorses settled in, managing to even the score at 4-4 by the end of the first quarter.
Penalties once again proved influential in the game, with each team posting 14 penalties. Jersey spent most of the second quarter shorthanded with 7 penalties for 14 minutes, but held close to be down only 1 goal going into halftime. Kentucky started pulling away in the third quarter going into the 4th up by 3 goals.
The Stickhorses made the end of the game exciting when, leading 15-11, Stickhorse Eric O'Brien received a 5-minute major penalty for boarding with 3:07 remaining. The Jesters could only manage 2 goals in the closing minutes, giving Kentucky the victory with a final score of 15 to 13.
Scoring was led by Ryan Maciaszek of the Stickhorses and Andrew Waskik of the Jesters, each with 4 points on 4 goals (4-0), followed by Brandon Dube of Kentucky with 3 goals (3-0). Despite outshooting Kentucky 69-49, Jersey lost the ground ball battle decisively 72 to 56 and Kentucky rode the stellar goaltending duo of Ginny Capiccioni and Patrick Crosby to the victory.
The Stickhorses are in action again on Sunday, February 12th in an interleague game against the Chicago Outlaws of the Midwest Indoor Lacrosse Association. Game time is 2:00pm at Freedom Hall in Louisville.