CLAYMONT – The Archmere boys lacrosse team found a way to relieve some frustration on Friday.
Still stinging from a big loss on Wednesday, the fourth-ranked Auks dominated a solid Delaware Military Academy team from start to finish and gradually pulled away for a 17-5 home victory.
“It got us a lot more motivated,” senior Anthony Brawley said of Archmere’s 18-6 loss at Academy of the New Church in Bryn Athyn, Pa. “You’ll remember the feeling a lot more when you lose than when you win. We remembered that, and we didn’t want to get that again.”
The Auks (10-2) made sure they had a winning feeling this time, outshooting the Seahawks 13-5 in the first quarter and 25-10 in the first half.
After Archmere’s Xavier Glavin and DMA’s Paul Wolfe traded goals to start, the Auks scored seven in a row. Brawley bounced one in from the left. Ben Revak weaved through the defense for one goal, then banged in his own rebound. Caleb Smack charged in from behind the cage for a score, and Colin Duffy made a strong move to his right to give Archmere a 6-1 lead after one quarter.
“We didn’t really show up the other day, so we knew we had to come out to play, make a statement today and show them that we’re still here,” Duffy said. “We want to make a run in the state tournament.”
The Auks’ next two goals came when they were a man down, as Brawley scored from behind the cage and Duffy took a turnover the length of the field for an 8-1 lead.
Wolfe assisted on Michael Weaver’s goal, then scored on a spin move to pull DMA within 8-3. But Archmere quickly neutralized that run, as Brawley assisted on a goal by Glavin. Then the Auks found the net twice in 11 seconds. Rob Baxter faked a pass outside and scored from close range, and Brawley scored off a Revak feed for an 11-3 halftime lead.
“We needed to get going,” Brawley said. “They put in two quick ones on us, and we just didn’t want to get down.”
The Auks maintained their intensity in the third quarter, as Revak, Baxter, Brawley and Jackson Singewald scored to push the margin to 15-4.
“I think Wednesday’s letdown game woke up us to the fact that there are some things that we still need to improve on and recognize will be important down the home stretch,” Archmere coach Peter Duncan said. “I was really proud of the effort today, in all phases of the game.”
Brawley had four goals and three assists, and Revak added four goals and two assists. The Seahawks (9-2), coming off a big win over Wilmington Friends on Monday, got three goals and an assist from Wolfe.
“We just knew coming off the loss, we had to come out and play right away,” Revak said. “We started moving the ball right off the bat, and that really got us going. It got us some early goals, and we just kept it going.”
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