La Plata boys lacrosse de­feats Hunt­ing­town again

Le­bar­ron, Get­gen com­bine for eight goals as La Plata boys lax downs H-town again

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­

When the La Plata boys lacrosse team de­liv­ered its first win ever over Hunt­ing­town in last year’s sea­son opener, it was a ma­jor hur­dle for the pro­gram. Well, make it two in a row. Tues­day night, the teams met again in a South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence cross­over reg­u­lar sea­son re­match that was all what it was cracked up to be as the War­riors held off the Hur­ri­canes for the 10-8 win.

Be­fore La Plata’s first win over the Calvert County power last sea­son, it had dropped five straight meet­ings since join­ing the con­fer­ence in 2011.

“That win last year helped us with our con­fi­dence and got us over that hump and proved that we could play with those guys,” said La Plata head coach Kris Bayer, whose team im­proved to 4-1 over­all with the win. “Some of our guys play with them on the [Calvert] Can­nons and against them in club, so they are fa­mil­iar with them. I think that was the last hur­dle, our stick skills and lacrosse IQ has caught up a lit­tle bit.”

The game was tied at 1 after the first quar­ter, but La Plata took a 3-2 half­time lead. The War­riors led 6-4 at the end of three quar­ters.

“It was re­ally a game of runs for us, but I thought we re­ally locked down de­fen­sively,” said Bayer, whose al­lowed just two first-half goals. “It was a team ef­fort. We moved the ball well of­fen­sively. We are get­ting there we still have yet to put a game of four quar­ters to­gether.”

La Plata se­nior Ben Le­bar­ron, a 2016 U.S. High School All-Amer­i­can, showed his of­fen­sive fire­power, fin­ish­ing with

five goals, three in the sec­ond half, to go along with one as­sist. Cody Get­gen also con­trib­uted with three goals in the game, scor­ing back-to-back times in the third to give the War­riors a 6-3 lead.

“First off, Hunt­ing­town is a great team and in prac­tice we worked a lot on possess­ing the ball a lot more,” Le­bar­ron said. “It just opened up a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties for me to get open. Our de­fense played well and didn’t al­low the to make any quick moves. When we had the lead we made them rush some shots.”

Jor­dan Sin­clair and Trevor Owens also notched one goal apiece.

“A lot of teams put their best de­fender on Ben and Hunt­ing­town played very tough de­fense,” Bayer said. “He just has knack for get­ting open and get­ting his hands to shoot, just a great player.”

La Plata took its big­gest lead of 8-4 with 7 min­utes 27 sec­onds left in the fi­nal pe­riod. Hunt­ing­town came to within 9-7 with 3:55 left on a goal, but did not come any closer for the rest of the game.

Hunt­ing­town (5-1) was led by se­nior Jake Brook­man with five goals, with two of his three sec­ond-half goals com­ing in the fi­nal pe­riod to keep his team within strik­ing dis­tance. Sopho­more Tommy Dal­rym­ple fin­ished with two goals and ju­nior Erik Lee added one.

“For the first 40 min­utes of the game we didn’t play with any in­ten­sity, but if we play the way we did the last eight min­utes of the game, we won’t lose a lot of lacrosse games,” Hunt­ing­town head coach Pete Ker­win said. “La Plata did the lit­tle things right tonight and you can’t start slow on th­ese guys.”

Hunt­ing­town se­nior goalie Will Set­tle fin­ished with eight saves, while War­riors ju­nior goalie Kolton Gra­gan fin­ished with six.

Both teams now head into tour­na­ment action against out-of-area op­po­nents on Satur­day.

La Plata is sched­uled to be in the Mar­riotts Ridge High School tour­na­ment in Howard County. The War­riors will take on Mid­dle­town at 10:30 a.m. The win­ner of that game takes on Ur­bana or Mar­riotts Ridge in the cham­pi­onship game at 2:30 p.m. and the loser will play in the con­so­la­tion game at 12:30 p.m.

Hunt­ing­town is sched­uled to face Tus­carora of Fred­er­ick County on to­mor­row sched­uled for 11 a.m. at the Wright Me­mo­rial Tour­na­ment held at C. Mil­ton Wright High School in Bel Air. The win­ner of that game will face the C.M. Wright-Da­m­as­cus win­ner at 3 p.m. in the cham­pi­onship game and the loser will play in the con­so­la­tion matchup at 1 p.m.


The La Plata War­riors boys lacrosse team cel­e­brates after top­ping the vis­it­ing Hunt­ing­town Hur­ri­canes 10-8 on Tues­day evening in a SMAC cross­over game.


La Plata se­nior Cody Get­gen de­liv­ers a shot to­ward se­nior goalie Will Set­tle of Hunt­ing­town on Tues­day night in a SMAC boys lacrosse cross­over game. Get­gen fin­ished with three goals in La Plata’s 10-8 vic­tory.

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