By Bradley Schlegel
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/27/15
Matt Vetter and Owen Griffin each posted five goals and one assist to lead Central Bucks East to a 16-6 victory over Central Bucks South in the Suburban One Colonial Conference Monday night at War Memorial Field.
Matt Brown, Ryan Brown and Jack Auteri each finished with two goals and an assist for the Patriots (9-1 league, 12-1 overall), who earned a share of first place in the conference standings with C.B. South and avenged an earlier 15-6 loss in the season series.
“We got production from our offensive players,” said C.B. East head coach Bruce Garcia. “The midfielders did exactly what they were supposed to do, and our defense came up with some big plays at the right time.”
Christopher Tanner scored twice for the Titans (9-1, 11-2), who absorbed their first conference defeat and their second consecutive loss after 11 consecutive victories to open the season.
Auteri won 19 of 25 face offs and Sean McGovern recorded nine saves for C.B. East, which scored five straight goals during a dominant third quarter to extend a 7-2 halftime lead.
“Jack set the tempo for us,” Garcia said of Auteri, who missed the first game against C.B. South with a hamstring injury.
Auteri’s dominance in the faceoff circle played a crucial role in the outcome, according to Titans head coach Mike Sharman.
“(Auteri) made a huge difference,” the coach said. “Even when he didn’t win it clearly, he was relentless going after groundballs.”
According to Vetter, the Patriots were eager to avenge their 15-6 loss to C.B. South earlier in the season.
“We knew we were the better team,” Vetter said. “(C.B. South’s) loss Saturday (to Lower Merion) confirmed to us that they are not invincible.”
Griffin registered three goals during the third, when C.B. East utilized a six-goal flurry to take command of the game.
“We found our shots,” said Vetter, who scored off an assist from Logan Nelson in the third during his team’s six-goal flurry. “Every time Owen and I shot, we felt like it was going to find the back of the net. So we kept shooting. Our offense moved the ball better.”
Central Bucks East 16, Central Bucks South 6
Central Bucks East 5 2 6 3 — 16
Central Bucks South 2 0 2 2 — 6
Central Bucks South
Christopher Tanner 2g
Dillon Kelly 1g
Evan Falkowski 1g
Brendan McGrath 1g
Austin Naessens 1 a
Jake Henze 1g, 1a
Robby Richick 13 saves
Central Bucks East
Matt Vetter – 5G, 1A, 2 GB
Owen Griffin – 5G, 1A
Ryan Brown – 2G, 2A, 4GB
Matt Brown – 2G, 2A, 4 GB
Jack Auteri – 2G, 1A
Logan Nelson – 1A
Jack Auteri 19 of 25 FO
Sean McGovern 9saves
Dustin Buchanan – 6 gb, 4 CT
Owen Griffin – 3 GB
Austin Prime – 3 GB