Maclay tops Chiles for district lacrosse title

Maclay tops Chiles for district lacrosse title

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Maclay tops Chiles for district lacrosse title

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Maclay lacrosse coach Mike Jones didn’t panic when his team fell behind Chiles by two goals early in Thursday night’s district final.

Jones knew what his Marauders had done the previous two games in the regular season against the Timberwolves, and all they needed was to focus on the task at hand.

Maclay scored six first-half goals after the early deficit and pulled away for an 11-6 victory, which provided the right to advance to the regional playoffs.

“It came down to a couple of guys, our juniors and seniors, finally stepped up,” Jones said. “We made some good adjustments on the face-off, made some good adjustments on offense, and they started listening a little more. That’s all it took. Once we got that first goal, we got our confidence back and took momentum from there.”

Maclay senior Luke Langford kick-started his team going by scoring four of his five goals in the first half turnaround. Brother Lewis Langford added two goals in the first half before scoring two in the second half, helping the No. 4 Marauders (17-3, 10-0) pull to a 7-3 advantage.

“We started off slow, but we knew we could get back in it,” Luke Langford said. “We came out overconfident. We just had to get some goals to go in, because once we get going, we’re a confident team.”

Chiles (10-4, 6-3) pulled to within 7-5 on Jack Trafton’s and Kevin Clarke’s goals to open the fourth quarter, but the Timberwolves won just one face-off on the night and crucial man advantages went wasted on errant passes and missed shot attempts.

“Against this team, you have to play a flawless game,” said Chiles coach Jim Sparrazza, who saw Maclay win by 9-1 and 16-2 scores in the last month. “Great team, well coached. You see how well they move the ball. They play unselfish, they have skill, speed, experience. I wish them well in the next round to represent us. We played about as well as we could play tonight, and I feel good about how hard the guys played.”

Lewis Langford, Stephen Chase (two goals), and Luke Langford then scored consecutively past the four-minute mark, securing victory for Maclay. Trafton scored three goals for Chiles, while Dalton Hester and Derek Drapeau also scored, and Jack Kearney recorded 10 saves.

The Marauders will play Tuesday versus a first-round opponent yet to be determined, knowing full well they must clean up their mistakes to advance and validate their impressive season.

“We’ve got to possess the ball and put it in the net,” Langford said. “We got looks, we just need to get the ball in.”

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