Ocean City Today

SD boys’ lacrosse battles hard with  JMB into overtime

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | May 17, 2018
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Stephen Decatur senior captain Collin Eichelberger maintains possession while guarded by two Chesapeake players during the 3A East Region Section II second-round game in Berlin last Friday. He netted two goals in the 11-7 win.

(May 18, 2018) The Stephen Decatur boys’ lacrosse team won its first game of the 3A East Region tournament, 11-7, over the Chesapeake Cougars, then the Seahawks battled with the James M. Bennett Clippers and fell short, 10-9, in overtime.

Second-seeded Decatur hosted No. 3 Chesapeake last Friday.

After a 2-2 tie at the end of the first quarter, the Seahawks went on a five-goal run to go into halftime ahead 7-2. They led 10-5 at the end of the third.

Senior captain Charlie Coates tallied two goals and three assists. Senior Parker Wheeler chipped in with two goals and two assists.

Senior captain Collin Eichelberger and junior Chase Porter netted two goals apiece. Sophomore goalie Tony Scafone stopped five shots.

The Seahawks anticipated their next match against top-seeded Bennett after they lost, 12-8, to the Clippers on May 2.

Decatur traveled to Salisbury to face Bennett on Monday.

The Berlin team led 3-2 at the end of the first quarter and 6-4 at halftime. After three quarters the Seahawks held a 7-6 advantage.

Decatur was ahead 9-8 with only seconds left in the competition, but Bennett scored to force overtime.

“It was back and forth. It was a fantastic game,” Decatur Coach Scott Lathroum said. “Both teams played so hard. It was a battle [and] it was exciting to watch.”

Senior Liam Deck logged three goals for the Seahawks. Porter netted two. Junior Kevin Beck tallied one goal, two assists and won six ground balls.

Scafone recorded 18 saves.

Lathroum said that although the Seahawks lost, they played well and “it was a good way to go out,” as he plans to step down as head coach after 14 years with the program.

Decatur finished the season 9-5.

“It was a lot better than last year, but we lost so many one-goal games this season,” Lathroum said. “It could have been perfect, but we couldn’t close games out.”

Lathroum said he was pleased with how the boys’ played overall this season.

“For me, it was a success. It was the most fun I’ve had since I’ve been head coach,” Lathroum said. “I wanted to leave on top with a good team. It’s a fantastic group of guys and the team chemistry was strong.”

Lathroum said he enjoyed his time leading the Seahawks over the years.

Seven seniors will graduate, but a core group will be returning next season.

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