La Plata boys lacrosse shuts out Great Mills

War­riors al­ready fo­cused on po­ten­tial re­matches with North­ern

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com Twit­ter: tblack­somds1

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.

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

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.

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