Not their night

La Plata boys lax loses to North­ern in SMAC fi­nal

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MASON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

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

PHOTO BY ROB WORMAN

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.

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