Ocean City Today

SD ‘outgunned’ by strong KI lax team

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | May 18, 2017

(May 19, 2017) The No. 5 Stephen Decatur boys’ lacrosse team put forth a valiant effort, but the top-seeded Kent Island Buccaneers came out on top, 17-7, in the 3A/2A East Region Section I semifinal round, last Friday in Stevensville.

“We played really hard. They kept trying and trying, we were just outgunned,” Decatur Coach Scott Lathroum said. “They’re a really good team. It was a good, hard game. I was really proud of them.”

Senior Robbie Duke and junior captain Collin Eichelberger had two goals and an assist each for Decatur. Senior captain Tucker Cordial, junior Charlie Coates (two assists) and sophomore Chase Porter tallied one goal apiece. Senior goalie Zac Cioccio stopped 15 Kent Island shots.

Decatur advanced to the semifinals after defeating the No. 4 Easton Warriors, 14-12, last Wednesday.

“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.

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

Coates and Eichelberger (one assist) scored five goals each. Cordial tallied four goals and two assists. Duke had three assists. Cioccio recorded 12 saves.

Decatur finished the season with a 6-8 record.

“We were 4-9 last year, so I’m happy with [a 6-8 record],” Lathroum said.

After graduating 15 players, many of whom were key contributors, the team struggled a bit last year as only seven of the 24 players on Lathroum’s roster were varsity veterans – and just three of them had been full-time starters in 2015. A majority of the players who competed in 2016 returned this year more experienced at the varsity level.

Injuries early in the season took a toll on the team, Lathroum said, but once everyone returned he was pleased with how the group came together as a unit.

“You could see a different team at the end of the season – the confidence level, the work ethic, determination,” he said. “We got some good wins. They were excited.

“I was happy with the season,” he continued. “Of course you want more wins, but the way we started with so many injuries … when you see yourself getting better, you’re happy. The kids had fun. I had fun. It was enjoyable.”

The team also had depth this year and Lathroum said he could sub players in and out and not lose a step on the field.

The team will graduate eight players and all of them played important roles, Lathroum said.

A core group will return next season, and with the addition of some talented players who competed for the JV team this year, Lathroum thinks the 2018 squad will be competitive.


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