Ocean City Today

Big third quarter momentum shifter for SD

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Apr 12, 2018
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Stephen Decatur senior Parker Wheeler fires off a shot during Wednesday’s game against Kent County in Berlin. He led Decatur with seven goals and two assists in the 18-10 win.

(April 13, 2018) After a tight first half, the Stephen Decatur boys’ lacrosse team netted three goals early in the third quarter of Wednesday’s game against the Kent County Trojans and the momentum shifted in the Seahawks’ favor. Decatur won 18-10.

Goals were traded in the first half and with Decatur up 7-6, junior Chase Porter gave the home team a two-point cushion 2.4 seconds before halftime.

Senior Parker Wheeler scored three goals in a little over a minute to kick off the third quarter and boost the Seahawks’ advantage to 11-6.

Porter made it 12-6, before Wheeler tallied another goal with 6:47 remaining in the third quarter. At the end of the third, Decatur led 14-7.

The difference between the first and second half, Decatur Coach Scott Lathroum said was “we didn’t give up transition goals.”

“Basically, they scored all their first-half goals with us trying to take the ball away from them at midfield instead of getting back and playing six-on-six,” he said. “When we played six-on-six against them they didn’t score on us. When we try to do things we can’t do that’s when you give up goals. I think that was the big difference there.”

During halftime, Lathroum said they also discussed offense begin a “little crisper, a little faster moving the ball and moving off the ball.”

“You get a couple face-offs, you get rolling and things start to happening,” he said.

After Decatur scored several quick goals in the third quarter, the Seahawks rolled from there.

“You get the face-off, get a quick goal, you get another quick goal and you kind of get in sync. That kind of got us going, and Parker started shooting the ball well and things just started going our way,” Lathroum said. “They were trying to get in sync in the first half, but we just couldn’t get it done. We practiced well all last week. I did tell them let’s do what we do in practice and they did. They came out and got it done.”

Wheeler finished the game with seven goals and two assists. Porter contributed with five goals and an assist. Senior captain Charlie Coates had two goals and eight assists.

Sophomore goalie Tony Scafone recorded four saves.

Decatur will take a trip to Ridgely, Maryland to play the North Caroline Bulldogs, today, Friday, at 5:30 p.m. The Seahawks will travel to Georgetown, Delaware on Monday to play the Sussex Tech Ravens at 5:30 p.m.

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