Tigers com­plete sea­son sweep of Pan­thers in boys’ lacrosse

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— When Ris­ing Sun and Per­ryville met on the boys’ lacrosse field nearly a month ago, the Tigers had re­venge on their minds from last year’s loss.

Ris­ing Sun pulled away in the sec­ond half to win the first con­test. Wed­nes­day’s re­match was never in doubt.

The Tigers led by nine goals at the half and breezed the rest of the way to a 20-7 Susque­hanna Divi­sion vic­tory.

“The last time, there was a lot of feel­ings from last year. This time, we played a lot looser,” Ris­ing Sun coach Chris King said. “We are a bet­ter team when we play loose. When we’re up tight, we just don’t move the ball as well. To­day, at the be­gin­ning of the game, we didn’t have our cus­tom­ary drops.”

The loss was the sec­ond of the week for the Pan­thers.

“They’re miss­ing a cou­ple of guys on their side,” King said. “You can only play them when you get them, and we just got them when they’re down a cou­ple of guys. We haven’t played since last week, they played Mon­day, so a lot of fac­tors hap­pened to be in our fa­vor to­day.”

Per­ryville coach Chris Soper said his team did well in its ex­tra-man of­fense, but added that was about it.

“Our man-up unit was pretty good, and out­side of that, we have a lot of work to do. There’s not a whole lot to say, we just have a

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lot of ar­eas to im­prove in. We’re work­ing to get bet­ter in those ar­eas, some­times it looks like it, some­times it doesn’t. We’re just go­ing to stay the course,” Soper said. “Right now, we’re OK just be­ing OK. That’s what we’re try­ing to work on right now. We’ve got to work on our men­tal tough­ness, we have to work on our fo­cus, our pas­sion and our field aware­ness. We have a lot of work to do in those ar­eas, we’re run­ning off­sides, we’re not pick­ing up ground balls that are right at our feet be­cause we don’t know they’re at our feet.”

Se­nior at­tacker Brad Alexander recorded 11 points— five goals and six as­sists— to lead the Tigers (8-1, 4-0 Susque­hanna). Con­nor Burkhardt and Stephen Stzkalak each had three goals and an as­sist, Austin Philis­tine recorded a hat trick, Wy­att Grif­fith and Phil Hurm scored two goals apiece, Ethan Greene and Alex Miller each scored a goal and Quinn Stru­ble handed out two as­sists.

Nick Robers led the Pan­thers (4-4, 2-3) with four goals and two as­sists, Nick Ports scored twice, Dal­ton Dun­man recorded a goal and an as­sist and Drew Crouser dished out two as­sists.

Ris­ing Sun has three games re­main­ing, in­clud­ing a meet­ing with de­fend­ing Susque­hanna Divi­sion cham­pi­ons Har­ford Tech on Wed­nes­day. Both teams ap­pear likely to en­ter the game with per­fect lower-divi­sion records, mean­ing a di­vi­sional crown could be at stake.

“Hon­estly, we didn’t want to lose a game this year. That was our goal,” King said. “We had a real close one with Havre de Grace, things didn’t go our way that day, but we’ve got an­other tough once com­ing up next Wed­nes­day with Har­ford Tech. That’s a big one, but we’ve got to beat Aberdeen first. Our goal is to win 11 games now, not 12. We’re try­ing for 11, and we’re try­ing to get bet­ter and peak for the play­offs.”

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