Ocean City Today

SD coach pleased with performance of lacrosse players

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Apr 19, 2018
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Stephen Decatur senior captain Charlie Coates comes from around the back of the goal looking to pass to a teammate during Wednesday’s game against Queen Anne’s in Berlin. He scored two goals and had two assists in the 9-5 victory.

(April 20, 2018) The Stephen Decatur boys’ lacrosse team outscored the Sussex Tech Ravens, 19-4, on Monday in Georgetown, Delaware, then two days later, the Seahawks won 9-5 over the Queen Anne’s Lions in Berlin.

Decatur led 5-0 at the end of the first quarter of Monday’s game and 11-2 at halftime. By the end of the third quarter, the visiting Seahawks had pulled ahead 17-3.

Senior captain Charlie Coates led the charge with seven goals and an assist. Junior Chase Porter chipped in with three goals and two assists and senior captain Collin Eichelberger contributed with four goals and an assist.

Senior Parker Wheeler had two goals and an assist, and sophomore Eric Gwin tallied a goal and three assists.

Sophomore goalie Tony Scafone recorded two saves.

“We won 19 face-offs, so that gave us the ball 19 times. We capitalized on most of them and if we didn’t get a goal we at least had good shots, hard on goal,” Decatur Coach Scott Lathroum said. “Defense doubled and were all over them, and we cleared the ball well.”

The goal going into the game against Queen Anne’s on Wednesday was for the Seahawks to start strong and fast.

Eichelberger scored twice to give Decatur a 2-0 lead. Queen Anne’s netted a shot before the end of the first quarter. The Lions tied in up about three minutes into the second quarter.

Eichelberger provided the Seahawks with the go-ahead goal less than three minutes later, then Coates gave the team a two-goal cushion. At halftime, the home team was on top 4-2.

Decatur knocked in four quick goals in the third quarter. After three, the Seahawks held a 9-4 advantage.

Eichelberger tallied six of the team’s goals. Coates scored two and had two assists. Junior Kevin Beck netted one goal and had an assist.

Scafone stopped nine Queen Anne’s shots.

“He made some really good saves,” Lathroum said. “I’m happy to see the progression with him. He’s getting better every week.”

Lathroum was pleased with both the defensive and offensive efforts.

“We were playing so hard on both sides,” Lathroum said. “It was a pretty good day all around … They are starting to find out what their strengths and weaknesses are.

“Defense got after them. We were aggressive, they got the ball out, slides were good [and] we played one-on-one very well. It was good all around,” he continued. “We worked and worked on offense. We played smart, we were patient, we moved the ball. We won a lot of face-offs, we took care of the ball and worked hard for good shots.”

Decatur will travel to Kent Island to battle the Buccaneers today, Friday, at 5:30 p.m.

“We have a good, solid team,” Lathroum said. “We need to win the face-offs, control the ball and don’t throw it away. Our defense can keep us in close games. Hopefully, they can force Kent Island to make mistakes.”

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