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Boys’ lacrosse: Young but improving La Salle rallies before falling to powerful Hill Academy (Ontario), 12-11, in OT

Friday, 18th April 2014

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/18/14
Staff Report

The La Salle lacrosse team has nothing to be ashamed about.

The host Explorers made a brilliant comeback today from a 6-2 halftime deficit and late three-goal deficit before falling in overtime to mighty Hill Academy (Ontario), 12-11.

La Salle, filled with many sophomores and freshmen on its regular lineup after graduating a slew of seniors from a state championship team, is 5-4 after having its five-game win streak snapped. Its losses are all to Top 20 teams, including Maryland’s Calvert Hall (8-4) and DeMatha (5-2), Malvern Prep (6-5) and now Hill Academy – ranked No. 4 in North America by Warrior/TopLaxRecruits.

Hill Academy won it 16 seconds into overtime on a fastbreak goal by Jake Fox off the OT face-off.

“It was very rapid,” said La salle coach Bill Leahy. “The ball touched like six sticks.

“But I am very proud of our kids. We grew up an awful lot today. The kids played great and we can only get better when pressed and stressed.”

After Hill took the 6-2 halftime lead, La Salle began fighting back as Aidan Kerrigan scored two of his three goals and Stephen Hudak (three goals), Michael Rihm, and Christopher Hladczuk scored to cut the deficit to 9-7 late in the third period.

Zach Drake (two goals) made it 10-8 in he fourth quarter and later tied it to send it into OT. Hudak and Kerrigan also scored in the fourth quarter.

“We are getting that by playing teams like this. We knew it would take a while to grow up when we lost 16 D1 guys. We knew everyone had to play together. We lost 95 percent of our goals (with the graduates lost) and kids don’t become scorers overnight.

“I can’t ask fior a better outing than today,” said Leahy. “The kids worked very hard. We are young in some areas and inexperienced in some areas.

“Having a team mature takes time. It does not happen in the summer; it happens from practicing hard every day. It’s been an awful spring for weather. We’ve had more games than good outside practices. But we keep marching on.”

Leahy was happy with his team’s offense, which had scored only 11 goals total in the three previous defeats.

“Our shooting was better today,” he said. “It was a step in the right direction.”

Hill Academy 12, La Salle 11, OT

Hill Academy 2-4-3-2-1 – 12
La Salle 1-1-5–4-0 – 11

La Salle
Zach Drake 2g
Aidan Kerrigan 3g
Stephen Hudak 3g
Michael Rihm 1
Christopher Hladczuk 2
Anthony Giuliani 15/22 FO
Colin MacDougall 7 saves

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