La Plata boys lacrosse shuts out Great Mills
Warriors already focused on potential rematches with Northern
Even in the wake of a 16-0 victory over the visiting Great Mills High School boys lacrosse team in Wednesday’s Southern Maryland Athletic Conference nondivision contest, La Plata High School junior Cody Getgen was already thinking about two potential rematches with Northern, the squad responsible for the Warriors lone conference setback this spring.
La Plata (5-3 overall) scored early and often against Great Mills on Wednesday, with Cody Getgen and younger brother, Tyler Getgen, each scoring on multiple occasions. Cody Getgen scored the game’s first goal less than 20 seconds into the contest and Tyler Getgen capped the scoring amid a run- ning clock late in the fourth quarter.
“When we have games like this, [Warriors head] coach [Kris Bayer] wants us to stay focused,” Cody Getgen said. “We have to make good passes and not be selfish. He wants us to get everyone involved and be respectful of the opponent. If we can win the Potomac Division, we’ll get another chance to play Northern in the SMAC championship game. Then we might even see them again in the region [playoffs].”
Northern handed La Plata its lone loss of the season, 9-6, two weeks ago. On Wednesday, the Warriors displayed plenty of efficiency and alacrity right from the outset. Jordan Sinclair handled the face-off chores superbly and before the end of the first quarter La Plata owned a 7-0 lead as five different players scored, with Cody Getgen and Justin Dyer each scoring twice.
“I thought we did a good job controlling the face-offs and then distributing the ball,” Bayer said. “We had a chance to get everyone involved in the offense and we were able to rotate a lot of players into the game. The key is for all the guys to maintain their focus. Great Mills is very young and they have some injuries, but [Hornets head coach] Allen [Frere] is doing a good job.”
Great Mills (2-4) had few genuine scoring chances throughout the contest, forcing La Plata starting goalie Sean St. Clair to make only one save and reserve keeper Connor O’Donnell to make only one as well. In the meantime, Hornets goalie Thomas Schwartzenberger stayed very busy, recording 11 saves while allowing 16 goals.
“We’ve got a lot of youth,” Frere said. “They’re still learning. I think they’re getting better. It’s just going to take time. La Plata is a very good team. We have a ways to go to get to them. Thomas had a good game in net. He faced a lot of shots, but he never gave up.”
La Plata stretched its lead to 12-0 at the intermission as Sinclair, Ben LeBarron, Trevor Owens, Tyler Getgen and Kyle Sisolak each scored. Lebarron scored two more goals in the third quarter and Tyler Getgen capped the scoring with the lone goal of the fourth quarter. St. Clair recorded one save for the Warriors in the first half, while O’Donnell notched his lone save in the second half.
As Cody Getgen and younger brother Tyler Getgen departed the field on Wednesday, the older Getgen reiterated his eagerness to face Northern at least one more time this spring.
“That’s the game of the year,” Cody Getgen said.
La Plata’s next scheduled game is at 5 p.m. today at Westlake, while Great Mills is slated to be at Chopticon at 6 tonight.
La Plata High School’s Jordan Sinclair looks for an opening in the Great Mills defense in their contest on Wednesday. Sinclair scored two goals and added two assists as the Warriors blanked the Hornets 16-0.