Tigers bit by Co­bras on Se­nior Night

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— Se­nior Night for the Ris­ing Sun boys’ lacrosse team did not go ac­cord­ing to plan.

The Tigers hosted Har­ford Tech Wed­nes­day with both teams un­beaten in the Susque­hanna Divi­sion and the lower-divi­sion ti­tle on the line. The vis­i­tors earned a 10-8 win and sole pos­ses­sion of first place with one game re­main­ing on their sched­ule.

“It’s un­for­tu­nate, a ter­ri­ble thing to have hap­pen at the end on Se­nior Night,” Ris­ing Sun coach Chris King said.

Tigers se­nior Austin Philis­tine scored on an out­side, man-up shot from up top off of a feed from be­hind the cage by Con­nor Burkhardt nearly three min­utes into the sec­ond half to break

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a 4-4 half­time tie. Har­ford Tech an­swered with three straight goals and led 8-6 head­ing into the fi­nal quar­ter. Philis­tine tal­lied Ris­ing Sun’s only other goal of the pe­riod, dodg­ing to his right and stick­ing a shot into the top-left cor­ner of the net.

Chippy, phys­i­cal play re­sulted in a num­ber of penal­ties against both teams. Philis­tine’s man-up goal to open the third quar­ter was the only the Tigers (9-2 over­all, 5-1 divi­sion) were able to score all night.

“The game was tight, a lot of penal­ties on both sides which took us out of our rhythm. Our man-up was re­ally dis­ap­point­ing to­day,” King said. “That was prob­a­bly my big­gest dis­ap­point­ment in our guys, we did not get any­thing off the man-up to­day and that set us back a lot.”

A pair of Co­bra (10-1, 6-0) penal­ties in the open­ing minute of the fourth quar­ter gave Ris­ing Sun a twoman ad­van­tage and a prime op­por­tu­nity to cut its deficit to one. The Tigers com­mit­ted a quick turnover, then two penal­ties of their own and the sides were sud­denly even again.

“I wish I had some kind of words to de­scribe it,” King said. “We had it. The op- por­tu­nity was right there, so there’s re­ally no­body to blame but our­selves. We had the op­por­tu­ni­ties, but it was our mis­takes.”

Af­ter eight score­less min­utes to open the fourth quar­ter, Har­ford Tech scored two goals just seven sec­onds apart to take a 10-6 lead with 4:17 left.

Ris­ing Sun scored the game’s fi­nal two goals— de­fender Ethan Greene fin­ished a Brad Alexan­der as­sist on the fast break and Burkhardt dodged and scored with 32 sec­onds re­main­ing—but it was too lit­tle, too late.

“My hat’s off to them, they got the ground balls,” King said. “Face­offs we knew com­ing in were go­ing to be a chal­lenge and they got ev­ery sin­gle one, so that lim­its our pos­ses­sions.”

Se­nior long-stick mid­die Wyatt Kennedy scored just 21 sec­onds into the game to give the Tigers an early lead. Af­ter the Co­bras re­sponded with a pair unan­swered, se­nior Wyatt Kennedy tal­lied to knot the score at two. Burkhardt then gave Ris­ing Sun a 3-2 lead, but Har­ford Tech scored the open­ing quar­ter’s last two goals to claim a 4-3 ad­van­tage.

Burkhardt recorded the only goal scored by ei­ther team in the sec­ond quar­ter. Philis­tine scooped a ground ball on the of­fen­sive end and as­sisted Burkhardt, who rock­eted a shot to the top-left cor­ner of the cage.

Burkhardt led the Tigers with a hat trick plus an as­sist, Philis­tine recorded two goals and an as­sist and Grif­fith, Kennedy and Greene all scored a goal apiece. Alexan­der handed out two as­sists and Phil Hurm added one.

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY SEAN GRO­GAN

Ris­ing Sun’s Austin Philis­tine takes a shot on goal dur­ing the Tigers’ 10-8 loss to vis­it­ing Har­ford Tech on Wed­nes­day.

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