SILVER SPRING TOWNSHIP — Playing their fourth game in five days, the Cumberland Valley Eagles came out a bit sluggish in their neighborhood rivalry game with the Carlisle Thundering Herd. A strong third quarter allowed the Eagles a bit of breathing room, and a victory 9-7, at Bobby Rahal Stadium Monday night.
“We played away games Thursday, Friday and Saturday and played at home tonight, but it is still tough,” Eagles coach Matt Healey said. “Carlisle is very competitive and we knew they would come out and play strong. We are young and very talented, but we need to make some of those decisions. We found a way to win and I am happy about that.”
Eric Hoover took a dish from Zach Davinroy off the face off and beat the Eagles’ keeper just nine seconds into the game for a 1-0 Herd lead. Rhys McCarver and Max Krevsky put some order back into the game with goals to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead.
Carlisle (2-7, 1-3 Mid-Penn Commonwealth) found its offensive attack and held the ball for almost two minutes, but didn’t score. After an Eagles (7-5, 5-1) turnover, the Herd finally tallied on another Hoover goal. Less than one minute later, Reid Herman scored on an Anthony Gaito pass and the Herd led 3-2.
An issue that has affected the Herd for most of the season arose as the Eagles responded with a goal within 30 seconds of a Herd goal. It occurred three times Monday night. Herman scored to give the Herd a 4-3 edge and a 90 second man advantage allowed the Herd to open the second quarter with a Gaito goal from Owen Hacker.
Carlisle did an excellent job of controlling the ball through the second quarter, but gave up two goals in the final 1:14 and the Eagles went into the locker room tied at five.
Hoover scored his hat trick early in the third, but the Eagles rallied with four goals over 17 minutes to take a 9-6 lead.
McCarver tallied three of the four goals in that span.
Cam Fay tallied at the one-minute mark on a man advantage, but the Herd couldn’t get that final score.
“These guys have played like this all year, but we just seem to run into spurts where things just don’t go our way,” Herd coach Rob Mundell said. “We have missed passes or poor passes and that has been our Achilles heel all year. I was pleased with the effort tonight — we play like this almost every game. Effort hasn’t been an issue, it has been mistakes.
“They displayed some character tonight and they never give up. We have a good junior class, but most are playing varsity for the first time.”