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BOYS LACROSSE: Dragons use late surge to top Colonels 18-11

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By Elliott Pratt

CRESTWOOD - It was made aware to Colin Danielson on a recent college visit that his position on the South Oldham lacrosse team could no longer be as the co-pilot. He would need to take command when called upon rather than be a bystander watching his team struggle.

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He must have taken it to heart.

Danielson scored five goals and Jack Gifford added four as the Dragons used a second half surge to hold off county rival Oldham County 18-11 Wednesday night in Crestwood.

It was scheduled for South Oldham to enter OCs ground Wednesday night. But as the continuous weather trend this spring has proven, playing on turf at South has been the best option.

The Dragons answered Will Evans’ opening goal for OC with three unanswered points. 

Trailing 5-3 after the first quarter, OC fought back to tie it at seven goals a piece with scores from Josh Fuson and Carson Axtell at the 4:13 mark.

Then the Dragons rallied and never looked back.

“It’s a big rivalry game and I really didn’t want to lose,” Danielson said. “I saw we were down by a couple and took over the role. I had to step my game up and play and be an active guy.”

Danielson started the rally with two goals before the half, his last coming at the 1:17 mark with a right-corner shot from 15-yards out to take a 9-7 lead into halftime.

South poured it on in the second half with an opening goal from Danielson and two more from Gifford to make it 13-7 with just over five minutes left in the third quarter.

Dakota Baze was the bright spot offensively for OC with five goals on the day, including three in the second half. Axtell finished with three goals and an assist in the loss before the Colonels host Dixie Heights for Senior Night on Friday.

Zac Jazinski scored three goals, including the final one with 2:38 to play, and led with three assists in the win for South.

South had seven different players score goals, something Richie said has been the biggest strength for his team all season.

“We try to utilize all six guys as much as we can, but today (Danielson and Gifford) came up big,” Richie said. “When Colin gets on fire and scores one or two he can usually put five or six on the board.”