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Decatur struggles against powerful Kent Island team

(May 9, 2014) The Kent Island Buccaneers were just too much for the Stephen Decatur boys’ lacrosse team to handle during Tuesday’s Bayside Conference championship game in Easton.

Kent Island led 7-1 at halftime and went on to win, 15-2.

Juniors Matt LeCompte and Jake Lathroum tallied Decatur’s goals.

“Our offense just couldn’t beat their defense. We weren’t getting good shots off at all,” said Decatur Coach Scott Lathroum. “We just ran into a better team. They’re an excellent team. That’s why they’re ranked No. 1 in the state (according to laxpower.com).”

Lathroum said Decatur goalie, junior captain Will Hastings, was stellar in the cage.

“He probably had his best game of the season,” he said. Hastings stopped 11 Kent Island shots.

One positive the Seahawks can take from the game is that the boys fought until the final whistle, Lathroum said.

“They hustled and they never gave up,” Lathroum said. “They kept fighting.”

Decatur (11-4) received the No. 2 seed in Section I of the 3A-2A East Region tournament bracket and was awarded a first-round bye. The Berlin squad will host the No. 3 Parkside Rams today, Friday, at 6:45 p.m.

Decatur easily handled Parkside during the regular season, winning 23-1 and 16-0.

If Decatur gets a victory over Parkside, the squad will most likely face Kent Island on Monday in Stevensville. The Buccaneers are scheduled to play the No. 4 James M. Bennett Clippers today, who they beat 18-5 during the regular season.

Lathroum said Wednesday that he planned to go over game film from the Bayside match in order to correct the mistakes the Seahawks made and devise a strategy to come out on the winning end Monday.

“We’re going to go up there with the attitude that we’re going to win,” he said. “We haven’t been able to get past that spot (in the regional bracket). They’re our wall and we have to break through it.”

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