LOUISVILLE — It was beginning to look like dual bragging rights would be in order for the Miller brothers, regardless of who won and lost.
Red Miller of Monarch and Luke Miller of Fairview, squaring off against one another in a high school lacrosse game for the first time, were loving the action as only five total goals had been scored as third quarter approached its midway point.
Both are defensemen, you see.
But Red’s talent-laden Monarch squad soon took over, and a late binge of goals allowed the Coyotes to coast to a 12-3 Northern League win against Luke’s rebuilding Knights.
“We started getting angry, saying that Windsor had beaten (Fairview) by a point, and we know we’re better,” Red Miller said. “I think we came out on fire in the second half and whupped ’em.”
That is game talk, there. Red’s tone changed when talking about his brother.
“I was definitely paying attention,” he said. “I saw Luke get drilled with the ball and things like that. But it was really different. I’m usually always cheering for him, so it was quite a change going against him. It was cool.”
Monarch (6-3, 2-0) received outstanding goaltending from both Connor Johnson and Brandon Malaty, who split halves. And standout Nathan Puldy contributed three goals and one assist.
Kyle Doner, Jordan Meehan and Connor Eakes added two goals apiece for the Coyotes, who finished the third quarter with a 5-0 blitz to put away the Knights (2-7, 0-3).
“Whenever Red was on the field, I knew where he was at all times,” Luke Miller said. “It was a great experience. . . . But I think they figured us out and we just lost it a little bit at the end there.”
Fairview was hanging tough after blanking Monarch in the second period and entered halftime down only 3-2. But despite several chances to tie in the opening moments of the third quarter, Malaty wouldn’t let it happen. Combined, the Coyotes goalies stopped 13 of 16 shots on goal.
“They challenged me pretty well and I’m glad that I kept my head,” Malaty said. “Because if I didn’t, it could have went another way. When it’s close like that, it really gets your head in the game.”
Monarch played without coach David Auday, who tended to a personal matter. Longtime assistant Dax Roane took over and guided his team to a win.
“We had a great second half,” Roane said. “We had that five-goal run in the third and then almost matched that in the fourth quarter. … Connor really kept us in it in the first half when the game could have gone the other way, then Brandon completely shut them down in the second.”
Monarch 12, Fairview 3
At Monarch H.S.
Fairview (2-7, 0-3) 0 2 0 1 — 3
Monarch (6-3, 2-0) 3 0 5 4 — 12
Goals — Fairview: Josenhans 1, Beckman 1, Carothers 1; Monarch: Puldy 3, Doner 2, Meehan 2, Eakes 2, Whitaker 1, Buderus 1. McCaulay 1.
Assists — Fairview: Brussell; Monarch: Whitaker 2, Puldy 1, Meehan 1, Appenzeller 1, Weisner 1.
Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Fairview: Herrin (48-12-15); Monarch: Johnson (24-2-7), Malaty (24-1-6).