(April 26, 2013) Draw control was a big factor in last Friday’s boys’ lacrosse game between Stephen Decatur and Easton in Berlin.
“In the first quarter, we had control [of the ball] on their end. We took shot after shot, we just couldn’t find the cage,” said Decatur Coach Scott Lathroum.
Goals by seniors Henry Hastings and Mick Taylor and sophomore Corey Gwin put the Seahawks on top 3-0.
Senior Riley McCabe scored about two minutes into the second quarter to give Decatur a four-goal cushion. Easton netted two shots in 30 seconds to cut the lead to two.
Senior captain Andrew Ternahan made it 5-3, but the Warriors won the ensuing face-off and capitalized.
Easton gained possession of the ball on the next face-off and scored with 3:20 left in the half. Decatur led 5-4 at the break.
“We scored the first goal in the second quarter, then we proceeded to lose every face-off,” Lathroum said. Easton won 16 of 22 face-offs.
Easton evened the score at 5-all about two minutes into the third quarter. Goals were traded, and tied 8-8, Ternahan’s shots in the final minutes found the back of the cage. Decatur held a 10-8 advantage with one quarter remaining.
Gwin scored and Hastings boosted the Seahawks’ lead to four with 5:55 to play.
Easton netted a shot 22 seconds after Hastings’ goal, but Ternahan answered about two minutes later.
The Warriors cut the lead to three with 1:56 left on the clock and then to two 36 seconds later. Decatur held off its opponent to escape with a 13-11 win.
“They had ball possession a lot more than us. We were four goals ahead in the fourth quarter and we couldn’t get the ball on offense,” Lathroum said. “They beat us up on face-offs and we just didn’t take care of the ball.”
Gwin led Decatur with four goals. Hastings chipped in with three and Ternahan logged three goals and two assists. Senior captain Brooks Gilbert stopped seven Easton shots.
Despite struggling on face-offs, Lathroum said there were plenty of positives.
“Our offense in the first quarter was very methodical and disciplined. We had good looks and lots of shots,” he said. “Our man-to-man defense was good and our man-down defense was very good.”
The Wi-Hi Indians are scheduled to face Decatur at 4 p.m. today in Berlin.