Not their night
La Plata boys lax loses to Northern in SMAC final
The Northern boys lacrosse program has been accustomed to attaining success within the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference over the years.
And this season has been no exception as the Patriots captured their seventh straight SMAC championship with a dominating 16-3 win over the visiting La Plata Warriors on Monday night in Owings.
Northern (13-1 overall) has now won 87 straight games versus a SMAC opponent with its last loss coming at the hands of county rival Huntingtown on March 27, 2009 in a 20-8 outcome.
Since then, the Patriots have been on a rampage through the SMAC ranks and on Monday showed why they have been the conference’s top dog.
“We only beat La Plata 9-6 during the regular season,” said Northern head coach Joe Casalino, referring to the nondivision home win over the Warriors on April 6, “so we were expecting a good contest with them. Today was special because we executed from the middle of the first quarter until the end of the third quarter offensively. It was nice to see them do the things that we been trying to get them to do all season long.”
While the first meeting between the two teams was much closer, Northern came out fast and did not let up this time, taking a 4-0 lead after the first quarter and pushing its lead to 8-0 midway in the second before La Plata notched its first goal at the 4-minute 48-second mark.
The Chesapeake Division champion Patriots, who led 12-1 at halftime, had six different players reach the scoring column and collected 14 assists on its 16 goals.
Juniors Colton Dick, Colten King and seniors Michael
La Plata goalie Sean St. Clair looks to save a shot in the air in Monday’s SMAC championship game as Northern’s Ian Cleary and La Plata’s Jacob Brezina look on.