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Decatur boys’ lacrosse team finish ‘14 with 12-5 record

(May 16, 2014) Competing against an opponent three times in a season is difficult, especially when that team is a powerhouse.

Stephen Decatur’s and Kent Island’s boys’ lacrosse teams went head-to-head April 26 during the regular-season competition and the Buccaneers won, 20-6 on their field.

The Seahawks and Buccaneers battled for the Bayside Conference championship in Easton last week, and again, Kent Island came out on top, 15-2.

The squads met for the third time on Monday in Stevensville in the 3A-2A East Region Section I finals. Second-seeded Decatur was competing without two key players–juniors Matt LeCompte and Shane Moore.

Moore was sidelined with a neck injury and LeCompte was hit by a ball during warm-ups and suffered a slight concussion.

Junior Jake Lathroum scored two goals and junior Corey Gwin, a team captain, netted one for Decatur in the first half. Kent Island led 9-3 at the break. The top-seeded Buccaneers held the Seahawks scoreless in the second half and went on to win, 16-3.

“We got a couple shots off in the second half, but we didn’t get many looks at all. Their defense kind of shut us down,” Decatur Coach Scott Lathroum said. “They worked hard, we were just out-gunned. Losing to them three times hurts, but that’s a really good team.”

Junior captain Will Hastings stopped 10 Kent Island shots. Junior goalie Josiah Oswald made two saves.

Decatur advanced to the 3A-2A East Section I finals after shutting out the No. 3 Parkside Rams, 17-0, last Friday in Berlin.

Gwin led the Seahawks with five goals and two assists. Lathroum and junior TJ Scafone contributed with three goals and two assists apiece. Jackson Mumford, a junior, tallied two goals and an assist.

Juniors Matt LeCompte (two assists), Evan Heim (one assist), RJ Hayman and Colton Lohnas each scored a goal. Sophomore Dryden Brous and senior Danny Beck won 16 of 21 face-offs.

Oswald stopped two Rams’ shots.

Decatur finished the 2104 season 12-5.

“Any time you get 12 wins in a season you’re doing something right,” Lathroum said. “The teams we lost to are [ranked] in the top 15 in the state. We lost to quality teams, so you can’t complain about that.”

The team will graduate six players, but a core group will be returning in 2015.

“We’ll have our whole offense back, so we should be pretty good for next season,” Lathroum said. “We need to work in the off-season to get better. We need the JV players to get bigger and stronger and fill in some of the spots.”

Stephen Decatur junior captain Corey Gwin sprints by a Parkside player during last Friday’s 3A-2A East Region Section I semifinals in Berlin. Decatur earned a 17-0 shutout.

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