The Auburn Varsity Boys Lacrosse team traveled to Birmingham last Saturday to kick off the 2021 Greater Birmingham Youth Lacrosse Association (GBYLA) season, defeating the Briarwood Christian Lions 8-6.
The theme of the day might be characterized as a "work in progress" for the Auburn offense, which missed 26 shots on goal.
Auburn head coach Ben Hunt said afterward that “it was a good test for us today. It wasn’t pretty at times, but good enough to get the win and we identified several things we need work on.
“I was pleased with our ball movement on offense, and I’m happy that we had six different guys score, which shows our depth. But, we missed a lot of scoring opportunities for sure.”
Auburn’s defense was solid on the day, and senior Goalie John Stanwick’s six saves held Briarwood scoreless in the first half.
Hunt indicated that he is “pleased with the footwork and patience needed to be good on defense.”
And Auburn was good enough, overcoming eight penalties that put Auburn in "man down" situations for a total of nine minutes of the game.
Senior defender Joey McGinty again proved to be a bright spot for Auburn. McGinty was credited with causing seven Briarwood turnovers and even contributed to Auburn’s scoring with a coast-to-coast goal of his own.
In the end, the game was not without suspense, as Briarwood scored four unanswered goals in the 4th quarter to make things interesting. Ultimately, the game clock, and Auburn, proved too much to overcome for the Lions to make a successful comeback.
Auburn is next in action on Sunday at Thompson High School in Alabaster.
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