Decatur boys’ lax squad has big 3rd quarter, wins 10-3
(April 14, 2017) After suffering losses to Easton (17-10) on Saturday and Cape Henlopen (17-4) on Monday, the Stephen Decatur boys’ lacrosse team bounced back with a 10-3 victory over the North Caroline Bulldogs on Tuesday in Berlin.
“It was their fourth game in five days so they were tired and a little slow. They were sluggish and couldn’t get going,” Decatur Coach Scott Lathroum said.
Junior captain Collin Eichelberger put Decatur on the board in the first quarter. After one, the score was tied 1-1. At halftime, Decatur led 3-2.
“At halftime we talked about moving and to stop standing still on offense. Get rid of the ball, cut, dodge, draw the defender, move the ball around and find the open player,” Lathroum said.
The Seahawks heard what their coach said and went to work in the third quarter. They scored five goals to increase their advantage to 8-2.
“We found the open holes and started going to goal in the third quarter,” Lathroum said. “We started to put our shots away. When we started scoring we were more energized. The excitement got them moving more.”
Eichelberger led Decatur with three goals. Senior captain Tucker Cordial chipped in with two goals and two assists. Junior Parker Wheeler and freshman Eric Gwin contributed two goals and an assist. Junior Charlie Coates also had a goal and one assist.
Senior goalie Zac Cioccio stopped four North Caroline shots.
“I was happy to get a win because we needed it,” Lathroum said. “We need to get reenergized and refocused for our game against Worcester Prep on Saturday.”
Decatur, a public school in the Bayside Conference, will battle Worcester Prep, a private school in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference, on Saturday at 1 p.m. Worcester will host the annual county competition in Berlin.
“We’re expecting a tough game. I think we’re pretty evenly matched,” Lathroum said. “We have to stop their top scorers. They have a couple attackmen who can move the ball so we need to play good, solid defense against them.
“We need to clear the ball – we’ve been struggling with that – and win face-offs,” he continued. “It’s a big rivalry. The kids are all friends. I look forward to coaching against Kevin [Gates].”