Bears Lacrosse Opens District Play with Overtime Victory
The varsity lacrosse squad opened Central District play on Saturday as they ventured down to Geismar to square off against Dutchtown at Griffin Stadium. What started out as a cold morning, soon gave way to a cloudless sky and the warmth of a bright sun as the Bears took the field.
They started out with sloppy play, as both teams were trying to figure the other out and as play settled down, Dutchtown scored a goal at the 5:59 mark of the 1st qtr to take a 1-0 lead. The Bears offense couldní´t find ití´s way and had multiple un-forced turnovers in the first half, giving the opposition multiple possessions. Dutchtown was able to put another score on the board at the 8:08 mark of the 2nd qtr to take a 2-0 lead. The Bears were finally able to put together a quick offensive possession and get on the board at the 8:45 mark of the 2nd qtr with a score by Andrew Young off of an assist by Alex Perrodin who intercepted a pass and brought it up field. After two more goals by Dutchtown, the Bears went into halftime trailing 4-1.
After a commanding talk from Coach Gray at halftime, the Bears came out with a new focus and scored 22 sec into the 3rd qtr with a goal by Jon Adam Town off of an assist by Young. The Bears were able to pull within one of Dutchtown with another score by Young off of an assist by Justin David. After a score by Dutchtown, the Bears went into the 4th qtr trailing 5-3. The Bears renewed their focus and the defense locked down on Dutchtown, as the Bears came out determined. Young had two more scores within a minute of each other, tying the score at the 8:48 mark. Then at the 8:09 mark, Justin David scored off of an assist from Daniel Grant, to give the Bears their first lead of the game. After a breakdown on defense, Dutchtown was able to score with only 46 sec to go in the game, tying the score, where it remain at the end of regulation. In OT, the Bears won the face-off and took possession of the ball and after a drop and some fighting for the ball, David came away with it and hit Christopher Miller just above the crease, who shot and scored 20 sec into OT period, giving the Bears a victory.
Defensively, the Bears were led by by goalie Zach Minton who had 8 saves and Blaine Edmonson, who had 2 ground balls and 3 take aways.
The victory gave the Bears a 1-0 Central District record as they seek their second consecutive District Championship.
After the varsity game, the Bears JV took to the field against Dutchtown. The JV squad followed the varsity, with a sluggish start. The Bears were able to get on the board at the 3:47 mark of the 1st qtr with a score by Ray Nebel and never trailed. They added another 1st qtr score by Matthew Boyle at the 3:14 mark. After a scoreless 2nd and 3rd qtr, the Bears scored at the 7:06 mark of the 4th qtr with a goal by Clayton Rives. Dutchtown was able to get a goal at the 6:21 mark off of a kick by a Bears defender. The Bears closed out the scoring with a goal at the 3:08 mark by Josh Brooks.
While playing sluggish, the Bears did play with discipline, only receiving one penalty in the game. Defensively, the Bears were led by Tanner Chauncy, who had 3 ground balls and 3 take aways.