Tigers complete season sweep of Panthers in boys’ lacrosse
— 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
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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