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Strong core group of veterans back to battle for Decatur lacrosse

(March 22, 2013) Stephen Decatur boys’ lacrosse Coach Scott Lathroum is excited to have a strong core group of veterans returning to the field this season.

The Seahawks captured their first Bayside Conference title in 2008 and secured a second trophy last year. In 2012, the squad went 12-2 under first-year coach Lathroum. He took over for Jason Macrides, who stepped down after 11 years at the helm. Lathroum had been his assistant for several years.

The 2012 season ended with a 12-11 loss to Queen Anne’s in the 3A-2A East Regional quarterfinals.

On the prowl for another Bayside title, the boys expect to advance further into the post-season. Lathroum will count on his three senior captains — goalie Brooks Gilbert, Colin May (defense) and Andrew Ternahan (attack/long pole midfield) — to lead the 27-player squad.

Lathroum said the team is strong defensively. Gilbert and May are four-year players, who will control the backfield along with senior Joe Flounlacker and newcomer, sophomore Connor May, Colin’s brother. Sophomore Will Hastings, a Worcester Prep transfer, will back up Gilbert in the goal.

“I’ll lead from my experience and I’ll have a lot of help from my defense … We have a tight group,” Gilbert said. “We all get along really well and we have good chemistry.”

Added May, “Talking is a key factor and making sure everyone’s in the right place … We’re not going to be team that impresses people with the amount of goals, but we’re going to have a solid defense and we’re going to be able to settle the ball well and move it.”

This is Ternahan’s second season at Decatur. He competed for Wor-cester Prep as a freshman and sophomore. “We’re bringing back a lot of guys from last year and we have a really good starting line-up. We’re not weak at any position,” he said. “Everyone knows what they’re doing and we’re starting to click a little bit now.”

Ternahan will run the attack, with Corey Gwin, who was a contributor as a freshman last year, and newcomer Shane Moore.

“The other two attack men are both sophomores so I’m going to have to lead a little bit, but they’re definitely giving me a lot to work with and they’re really talented,” Ternahan said.

Rookie sophomore Jake Lathroum will also play on the front line.

Competing in the midfield are senior Riley McCabe, junior Jared King and sophomores Matt LeCompte and Jackson Mumford, all veterans. Newcomers, senior Henry Hastings, a Worcester Prep transfer, will join the group in the midfield, along with sophomores Craig Snyder, Evan Heim and junior Nick Moses (long pole).

“We have good size and really good speed. We have to get better each day and play as hard as we can,” Lathroum said. “We see a lot of potential. It’s just trying to find the right mix, the right blend.”

Stephen Decatur sophomore Matt LeCompte, left, is covered by Craig Snyder, also a sophomore, during last Friday’s practice at the Berlin school.

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