(April 12, 2019) The Stephen Decatur boys’ lacrosse team made a few adjustments this week and incorporated plays that cater to its strengths, and it all paid off.
“Offensively, we finally started clicking,” Decatur Coach “Hoffy” Hoffman said after Wednesday’s 11-7 victory in Berlin. “We made some changes this week and it worked.”
Senior captain Chase Porter scored two goals in about two minutes to open the game. At the end of first quarter, Decatur led North Caroline 2-1.
Goals were traded in the second quarter, and Decatur went into the halftime break ahead 5-4.
The Seahawks held the Bulldogs scoreless in the third quarter, while netting five shots. Decatur won, 11-7.
“Overall, it was probably one of our better performances,” Hoffman said. “We really came together.”
The coach was able to get everyone into the game on Wednesday.
With a defensive player out of the lineup hampered by an injury, senior Hunter Lago stepped in and had a great game, Hoffman said.
“All year, our defense has been our anchor,” he said. “It wasn’t our usual starting lineup, but Hunter was more than capable.”
Porter “had a hell of a game,” Hoffman said. He scored six of Decatur’s goals and had an assist.
Junior captain Eric Gwin, senior captain Kevin Beck, freshman Austin Airey and seniors Collin Eitel and Jack Remmell tallied one goal apiece.
Eitel and Remmell also had two assists.
Junior Tony Scafone recorded six saves in goal for Decatur.
“I feel like we’re improving every week,” Hoffman said. “As long as we continue to rise on offense and play defense like we have been, then we can compete with any team.”
Decatur will travel to Centreville today, Friday, to battle the Queen Anne’s Lions at 5:30 p.m.
On Monday, the Kent Island Buccaneers will come to Berlin for a 5:30 p.m. against Decatur.