La Plata boys lacrosse loses to North­ern

Strong third quar­ter the key for Pa­tri­ots

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

Ex­cept for a flurry of goals that oc­curred through­out the third quar­ter and early in the fourth, Wed­nes­day’s South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence non­di­vi­sion meet­ing be­tween the vis­it­ing La Plata High School boys lacrosse team and the hosts from North­ern was a de­fen­sive strug­gle.

North­ern (3-1 over­all) owned a 2-0 lead at the end of the first quar­ter and 3-1 at the in­ter­mis­sion, but the two teams com­bined for nearly one-half of the game’s to- tal in the third quar­ter. La Plata (1-3) got to within a sin­gle goal on two oc­ca­sions, but the Pa­tri­ots took a 7-4 lead into the fourth quar­ter and then opened the fi­nal frame with two quick goals en route to a 9-6 vic­tory.

“I was happy with the de­fen­sive ef­fort,” La Plata head coach Kris Bayer said. “Any­time you can hold a team like North­ern un­der 10 goals you had to play well de­fen­sively. Our goalie, Sean St. Clair, had a good game with 12 saves. We prob­a­bly could have done a lit­tle more on of­fense. But we might get to see them two more times.”

North­ern got a hat trick from Colton Dick and the War­riors’ Ben Le­Bar­ron was equally as pro­fi­cient with three goals of his own. The Pa­tri­ots pro­vided Dick with a slightly bet­ter sup­port­ing cast as Alex DiGiro­lamo and Chris­tian Daniel each added two goals. North­ern had been up­ended by Sev­ern of Anne Arun­del County, 14-8, in its pre­vi­ous game April 1, so Wed­nes­day’s SMAC opener proved to be an ideal rem­edy.

“I was telling our guys af­ter the game that we could see these guys two more times,” North­ern head coach Joe Casalino said. “They played us tough the whole game. That’s a good team. We might see them again in the SMAC cham­pi­onship game and per­haps again af­ter that in the re­gion

playoffs. We’ve been knocked out of the re­gion by the same team [Kent Is­land] the last two years, so our main goal is to get past them.”

Nei­ther team scored in the first five min­utes of the con­test as a metic­u­lous North­ern squad passed the ball around the perime­ter

of the La Plata zone be­fore tak­ing sev­eral shots three min­utes into the game. But it was Michael Vaeth who scored off an as­sist from Bran­don Sul­hoff for a 1-0 lead and DiGiro­lamo gave the Pa­tri­ots a 2-0 lead less than a minute later off an as­sist from Brock Daniel.

Le­Bar­ron scored the first of his three goals in the first two min­utes of the sec­ond quar­ter, but the War­riors could not dent the score-

board over the re­main­der of the half. North­ern was hardly dy­namic on of­fense in the quar­ter, with the Pa­tri­ots lim­ited to a goal by Dick on another as­sist from Brock Daniel with just over three min­utes re­main­ing in the half.

“I liked what we did de­fen­sively in the first half,” Bayer said, “but we just could not gen­er­ate much of an at­tack. I thought we did a bet­ter job in the sec­ond half,

but we al­lowed them to get the mo­men­tum.”

Le­Bar­ron’s sec­ond goal in the open­ing minute of the third quar­ter brought the vis­i­tors to within a goal and, af­ter Chris­tian Daniel scored his first of two goals for the Pa­tri­ots, Kyle Siso­lak notched his first goal of the game to again bring La Plata within a goal at 4-3 with 9 min­utes 28 sec­onds re­main­ing in the pe­riod.

North­ern re­sponded by

net­ting three of the last four goals of the quar­ter. DiGiro­lamo had his sec­ond on an as­sist from Sul­hoff and Chris­tian Daniel tal­lied his sec­ond on an as­sist from Dick. Justin Dyer scored for La Plata to bring the vis­i­tors within 6-4, but Dick notched the last goal of the pe­riod to give the Pa­tri­ots another three-goal ad­van­tage.

North­ern ex­tended its lead to 9-4 as Dick com­pleted his hat trick less than a minute into the fourth quar­ter. With just over seven min­utes re­main­ing, Cody Get­gen and Le­Bar­ron scored 13 sec­onds apart to trim the War­riors deficit to 9-6, but nei­ther team scored over the re­main­der of the con­test.

La Plata is sched­uled to be at home tonight ver­sus Chop­ti­con, while North­ern is slated to be at Lackey tonight. Both games are set for 6 p.m.

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