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Big victory over Parkside energizes Decatur

After defeating Rams, 11-8, Seahawks edge out Easton Warriors, 14-12, in playoffs
By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | May 11, 2017

(May 12, 2017) The Stephen Decatur boys’ lacrosse team won its final game of the regular season, 11-8 over the Parkside Rams last Friday in Berlin.

The Seahawks used that momentum during the first round of the 3A/2A East Region tournament, edging out the Easton Warriors, 14-12, on Wednesday.

“It was good for the seniors on Senior Night. They were fired up and it was a great Senior Night,” Decatur Coach Scott Lathroum said after last Friday’s competition. “It was a good team win. They pushed each other. It was a nice way to end the season. If we play like that, we can beat teams [in the playoffs].”

Parkside led 6-2 at halftime. During the break, the Decatur squad discussed how to turn things around in the second half.

“We couldn’t put away our shots and we couldn’t get the shots we wanted,” Lathroum said. “I told them ‘it’s time to test this goalie. Rip a few shots from further out.’”

Both teams scored one goal in the third quarter.

Before taking the field to start the fourth quarter, Lathroum told his players that “we’ve got to get this thing rolling.”

They heard what he said and netted eight goals in the final quarter.

“We lit it up in the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, we started winning face-offs and playing good defense,” Lathroum said. “We started scoring goals and good things happened.”

When the Seahawks pulled ahead 9-8, Lathroum encouraged them to keep attacking.

“And they did. They didn’t slow down,” he said. “We didn’t want to stop the momentum.”

Junior Charlie Coates and senior captain Tucker Cordial had three goals and one assist each. Senior Robbie Duke (three assists) and junior Collin Eichelberger added two goals apiece. Sophomore Chase Porter chipped in with one goal.

Senior goalie Zac Cioccio recorded 11 saves.

“Zac made some really good saves in the third and fourth quarters, which sparked us also,” Lathroum said. “Defense doubled all over the field. They really played hard. I always say it starts on the defensive end.”

The Seahawks were on a high after the game. They finished the regular season with a 5-7 record.

“We have confidence and they should. We keep getting better and better,” Lathroum said. “The motor’s running 100 MPH. There’s a lot of energy. We’re definitely playing some good lacrosse right now.”

Decatur received the No. 5 seed in the 3A/2A East Region Section I bracket. The Berlin squad traveled to Easton to play the fourth-seeded Warriors on Wednesday.

After falling to Easton 17-10 on April 8, Decatur avenged that lost with a 14-12 victory in the playoffs.

“We moved the ball well and connected to the right people. Just good passing, catching and finishing,” Lathroum said.

Easton led 3-2 at the end first quarter. Decatur battled back in the second quarter and at halftime, the visitors had a 9-8 advantage.

“We struggled a little bit in the beginning. Both teams were not on their game offensively,” Lathroum said. “At halftime, we told them to just start shooting. ‘If you see something you like, let it rip.’”

The Seahawks were on top 11-10 after three quarters. They outscored the Warriors 3-2 in the fourth to secure the win.

“Defense played better in the second half. We got the match-ups we wanted,” Lathroum said.

Coates and Eichelberger (one assist) scored five goals each. Cordial tallied four goals and two assists.

“Those three did all the damage,” Lathroum said.

Duke had three assists. Cioccio stopped 12 Easton shots.

Decatur will take a trip to Stevensville to battle the top-seeded Kent Island Buccaneers today, Friday, at 3:30 p.m.

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