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  • Bath coasts to rout of Avon

  • After spotting Avon the game's first goal Wednesday, Bath Haverling simply overwhelmed the second-year program for much of the rest of the game and coasted to a 19-4 victory.
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  • BATH — Best remedy for an 0-4 start?
    Ken DiDomineck hopes a couple of runaway wins – even if against fledgling lacrosse programs – will prove a suitable elixir.
    After spotting Avon the game’s first goal Wednesday, Bath Haverling simply overwhelmed the second-year program for much of the rest of the game and coasted to a 19-4 victory.
    Following an 0-4 start to the season, the Rams were in desperate need of a boost in psyche. Although Bath won’t play again for two weeks due to spring break, DiDomineck believes his team can benefit from some much-needed confidence gained with blowout wins in two of their last three games.
    “A win’s a win, we’re moving forward, we’re learning from this, kids are happy, we’ve got some smiles around and it’s a league game,” DiDomineck said of Bath’s first GRALL win of the season. “We played a tough schedule early, because (our opponents) have turf and we can get games in. They got a little down, but this is a little pick-me-up to get us going back in the right direction.”
    Bath posted its first win of the season with a 15-0 shutout of Watkins Glen April 2. The Senecas are in their first season as a varsity lacrosse program. Coming off an 11-9 loss to Waterloo Saturday, the Rams posted another 15-goal triumph, this time against a second-year program in Avon.
    Despite giving up the game’s first goal 86 seconds in, the Rams countered with five straight to take firm control of the contest. Sophomore Michael Rice got things started for Bath with a goal from Patrick Brewer, just 21 seconds after the Braves opened the scoring.
    Rice put on a scoring clinic for the Rams, tallying nine goals and two assists to lead the way. Rice scored six of his goals in the first half as Bath built a commanding 10-3 lead at the break.
    Brewer set up two of Rice’s goals and finished with three goals and two assists.
    Bath’s dominance started in the faceoff circle, where senior Mitch Fuller was largely responsible for the Rams’ 19-8 advantage on faceoffs. Fuller also tacked on three goals and one assist in the win.
    “I think our defense and our faceoffs really set the tone early,” DiDomineck said.
    The Rams also excelled in transition, beating Avon for several easy goals, whether off clears, interceptions, groundballs or faceoff wins.
    “We had some good transition against Waterloo and Watkins Glen, so we noticed that’s becoming a phase that we are really comfortable with, so we’re trying to exploit that,” DiDomineck said.
    Page 2 of 2 - Bath was efficient on the man-up, converting on 4-of-6 extra-man opportunities.
    “Things came together – transition, man-up, man-down, we still need to work on our even offense, but things were on,” DiDomineck said. “That’s a second-year program, but they have more skill than most second-year programs.”
    Connor DiDomineck finished with two goals and one assist for the Rams. Bath also got one goal apiece from seniors Nick Tillinghast and Shayne Stonier. Bath’s Jacob Cupp made three saves in goal.
    Austin Henderson made six saves in goal for Avon (0-3).
    Bath (2-5) will host Aquinas April 23 at 5:30 p.m.

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