(May 10, 2019) The Stephen Decatur boys’ lacrosse team wrapped up regular-season competition with a 12-6 victory over the Parkside Rams last Friday and, this week, the Seahawks spent practice time preparing for the upcoming regional tournament.
“Usually we’re a second-half team, but we came out of the gate and played hard,” Decatur Coach “Hoffy” Hoffman said. “I feel like we’re peaking. This is where I wanted us to be. We’re really coming together at the right time.”
Parkside scored twice, but Decatur answered and, at the end of the first quarter, the score was tied 2-2 in Berlin.
The Seahawks tallied five goals in the second quarter to lead 7-2 at halftime. At the end of the third, Decatur held a 9-3 advantage.
Senior captain Chase Porter scored four goals. Sophomore Tiernan Weinstein contributed two goals and three assists. Senior captain Kevin Beck chipped in with two goals and two assists.
Senior captain Eric Gwin and freshman Austin Airey both had one goal and two assists apiece.
Freshman Jude Vandornick added one goal and one assist.
Junior goalie Tony Scafone stopped six Parkside shots.
Decatur finished the regular season with an 11-3 record. The Seahawks received the No. 2 seed in Section II of the 3A East Region bracket and a first-round bye.
The Berlin squad will host the third-seeded Chesapeake Cougars of Anne Arundel today, Friday, at 4 p.m.
Hoffman said he called some coach friends and has plenty of game film on the team.
“We’re playing Chesapeake and a kid I used to coach [Thomas Bullen] is their big stud there,” he said. “We’ve got our game plan and we’re just going to try to do what we did against Parkside.”
Hoffman said the Seahawks want to dictate the pace and play of the game and force their opponent to make changes and have to adjust.
“We’re motivated. We’ve learned a lot this year,” he said. “If we’re down, they know how to make it up and, if we’re up, they know how to be patient and hold it.”
The defense, he added, has been the team’s anchor all year.
“We’ve got great defenders and we’ve got depth at defense,” Hoffman said.
The top-seeded James M. Bennett Clippers will face the No. 4 Northeast Eagles of Anne Arundel today. The winner will battle either Decatur or Chesapeake on Monday.
“We’ll take whoever,” Hoffman said, although the Seahawks would like a rematch with the Clippers, who they lost to, 12-10, on May 1.