Colonels earn landmark win vs. North

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Szczublewski scores program record 11 goals

By Brad Stephens

BUCKNER – Oldham County’s Chad Szczublewski was going through warmups Monday night before the Colonels’ game against North Oldham when he noticed the sidewall on his stick was broken.


“When the sidewall breaks the ball falls out,” OC coach Marcus Lane said. “So we re-strung both sides and he started shooting and was like, ‘Man, it feels good.’ And he just went off.”

Szczublewski scored a program record 11 goals and then Josh Fuson scored the game-winner in overtime as the Colonels beat the Mustangs 16-15 Monday at OC.

The win was the program’s first-ever against either North or South Oldham.

OC (7-2) has beaten every team it’s faced this year with the exception of South, which it’s 0-2 against.

“It was a nail-biter to the end, but it’s a really good feeling,” Lane said. “…North was the first program in 2008 to break off. South broke off when I started coaching the club team.

“To be the young guns and to come in and notch one against the oldest team in the county, it makes you feel really good.”

Szczublewski kept the Colonels in the game early when North threatened to pull away.

A Mike George goal with 1:45 left in the first quarter gave the Mustangs a 4-1 lead.

Szczublewski responded with his second goal 20 seconds later to cut the margin to 4-2.

He then scored two goals within 12 seconds of each other at the beginning of the second quarter to tie the game at 4-4.

“I was taking just shots, shots, shots and zeroed it in,” Szczublewski said. “I was just on fire, I feel like. It was great.”

Szczublewski matched the program record for goals in a game with 2:35 left in the second quarter, when he scored his sixth goal.

Still the Colonels trailed 9-6 at halftime, and a Mustang goal early in the second half made the North lead 10-6.

Szczublewski responded by assisting Carson Axtell on a goal, then reeling off four straight of his own to put OC up 11-10.

“It’s incredible honestly, for someone to go that hard,” Fuson said. “It was pretty phenomenal… The whole team was like, ‘Chad’s hot, keep feeding him.’”

Several of Szczublewski’s goals came off long balls, with goalkeeper Austin Frerman throwing an outlet pass to lead a break downfield.

The long balls are a strength of the Colonels, Lane said.

“When in doubt, we launch it deep and we’ll play it out,” Lane said. “In lacrosse it’s a lot easier to make them have to bring it upfield than us to try to take it upfield.

“Whenever you’re as evenly matched as we are with North and South, every little thing counts. If we make them have to clear the ball more than us, it helps out in the long run.”

The teams traded goals back and forth the rest of the half.

OC’s Allan Farrow scored with 8:21 left to put the Colonels up 14-13. A goal by North’s Luke Skaggs tied the game at 14 with 7:38 to play.

Szczublewski scored his 11th and final goal with 6:27 left to put the Colonels back in front, 15-14. But a Parker Waits goal one minute later tied the game at 15.

The teams went to sudden death overtime, where Fuson became the hero.

He hadn’t scored all night, but, one minute into a four-minute overtime period, took the ball from behind the North net and curled around front before sending the ball past Mustang goalie Chris Webb for the winning goal.

“Josh was really quiet tonight, which blows my mind,” Lane said. “…Josh has pretty good stick skills. He just drove it and scored.”

The Colonels have three regular season games left before starting postseason play next month.

Districts are scheduled for May 6-8, with state tournament play beginning May 12.

While the season has been a success for the most part, Monday’s win against a county opponent was an important step the program can build on, Szczublewski said.

“This is just fuel for our tank just to keep us motivated,” he said. “…We’ve just got to keep our heads up and not get big-headed.”