The Viera Hawks wanted to make a statement Thursday night.
Boy, did they.
Senior Jared Weiss had six goals and eight assists as the Viera boys lacrosse team defeated visiting West Shore 19-1 Thursday night at Hawk Stadium.
It was the second straight win for the Hawks (13-3) since their disappointing performance against Lake Marty last week.
“Tonight, was all about getting our minds right,” Viera coach Bo Bartlett said. “We took a pretty good spanking against Lake Mary. We bounced back against Edgewood on Tuesday.
“Tonight, was all about kind of making a statement and getting ourselves playoff ready. We weren’t taking our foot off the gas tonight. That’s how we went into the game.
“We were really working our offense, trying to get our flow back. There was a lot more unselfishness tonight. We were moving the ball a lot better. That was the emphasis this week. I’m really pleased.”
Freshman Kyle Fischer had four goals for the Hawks. Senior Gavin Wessel had three goals and went 10-for-12 on faceoffs. Senior Jacob Sharrow also had three goals.
Sophomore Ethan DiSciullo scored twice. Senior Tracy Tucker also had a goal. Hunter Levi had 12 ground balls.
“I’d say the biggest thing (as opposed to the Lake Mary game) was possession time on offense,” sophomore defender Eli Menchetti said. “Against Lake Mary, I think we were rattled after the first quarter. This game, we were able to possess the ball, and that’s really the name of the game in lacrosse.”
Viera will get an idea of just how far it’s come since that Lake Mary loss when the Hawks host Oviedo (10-1) tonight at 7. Oviedo beat Lake Mary 6-5 in double overtime last month
“I think we’re going to face a pretty mentally tough challenge (tonight),” Menchetti said. “I think that will be good for us transitioning into the district playoffs to get our mindset right.”
Viera, which went unbeaten against all the Brevard County teams on its schedule this season, is the No. 1 seed in this year’s playoffs which will be held at Martin County.
The Hawks have a first-round bye and are scheduled to play either Melbourne or South Fork on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
If the Hawks are on their game, they have to be considered the favorites.
“Tonight, was good,” Bartlett said. “West Shore has got a good, young team. Holding them to one goal is a big deal. They have a good offense. They’re still young, so they’re going to be really good in the next couple of years.
“Because the scoreboard wasn’t working (tonight) we ran a running clock the whole time, so we had 15-minute running clocks. That makes a difference. It’s much more tournament-like, so the game goes a lot faster.
“To get 19 goals with a running clock is impressive. I was very impressed tonight with our ball movement. Very pleased. Hopefully, we can carry that over against Oviedo. They play a lot of zone, so moving the ball against them is going to be critical.”