Chiles, Maclay advance in lacrosse semis

Chiles, Maclay advance in lacrosse semis

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Chiles, Maclay advance in lacrosse semis

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The Chiles lacrosse team prepares to play Tuesday's district semifinal game against Gulf Breeze. The Timberwolves won and will face Maclay in Thursday's championship game.

The Chiles lacrosse team prepares to play Tuesday’s district semifinal game against Gulf Breeze. The Timberwolves won and will face Maclay in Thursday’s championship game.

The Chiles lacrosse team prepares to play Tuesday's district semifinal game against Gulf Breeze. The Timberwolves won and will face Maclay in Thursday's championship game.

The Chiles lacrosse team prepares to play Tuesday’s district semifinal game against Gulf Breeze. The Timberwolves won and will face Maclay in Thursday’s championship game.

After playing under now-retired Chiles lacrosse coach Jim Sparazza for three years, Chris Anders received the head coaching job once it was vacated.

In Year One, the Timberwolves achieved the same 10-4 regular season mark as last year, but the vigor on the team with Anders’ young personality at the helm has increased.

Chiles, seeded second in District 1, used five consecutive goals in the third quarter of Tuesday’s district semifinal at Maclay to escape the grasp of third-seeded Gulf Breeze. The Timberwolves’ 14-6 win lifted them into a championship showdown with top-seed and state No. 8 Maclay (15-3) on Thursday.

“I changed quite a lot actually, new guy bringing in new style of lacrosse, a little quicker, a few more passes,” said Anders, who was previously Chiles’ junior varsity coach. “So it was a new thing for them to learn. We didn’t have as great a year as I wanted. We didn’t beat the teams I wanted to, but we beat who we needed to. I think they’ve adjusted pretty well. Next season is going to be even better, I know that.”

Chiles (11-4) led 2-0 after a quiet first quarter and was up 5-1 at half after beating Gulf Breeze (12-5) by three goals in each of the first two regular season games.

Ray Spaulding and Andy Ramos got the Timberwolves off to an early lead with one of the two goals each would score before five different players scored in a third-quarter outburst that gave Chiles an eight-goal cushion.

“We just tried to play our game that we’d been practicing all season, and make sure we came out hot after halftime,” said Spaulding, who finished with two assists in addition to his two scores. “We’re a bit more lively now. It’s fun to have a Chiles player under Sparazza coach us now.”

While Gulf Breeze turned the ball over in abundance, and Chiles didn’t fully take advantage with its own miscues, sophomore Zeke Joiner (nine saves) played well in goal, stopping two Dolphins breakaways, after earning the nod in the cage following the loss of 2014 All-Big Bend Player of the Year Ryan Kearney to graduation.

Ganzon Limcango scored three second-half goals for the Timberwolves, who now must play a perfect game to beat Maclay, which handed them big losses in the regular season.

“We turned it over just as much, slacked on the ground balls, weren’t playing good defense,” Anders said. “There are some areas to check out and we’ll address that in practice. We really need to play perfect, but it’s all about mentality coming in. You can’t feel beat. You come in with a good head on your shoulders ready to play a good team, knowing we can do it.”

Omari Langley, Harold Hill, Sam Pelham, Alex Petrick, Michael Clifford, Mike Williams all scored for Chiles, while Matt Ellison put two goals in.

“We need to play really well on defense and slow Maclay’s offense down,” Spaulding said. “We need to get goals real quick and get hot early.”

Maclay 17, Lincoln 0

The Marauders wasted little time exiting the Trojans (8-10) from the playoffs, jumping out 6-0 after one quarter and to an 11-0 lead at half.

Javy Masferrer had three goals at the break, while Garritt Schwarz, Stephen Chase and Luke Langford all had two.

“I’m usually just a role player,” Masferrer said. “I dodge, I feed off the second pass. I’m not really the scorer. Tonight, I got open looks and finished when I could.”

Chase, a Notre Dame commit, finished with four goals, while Langford ended with three. Lewis Langford, Cole Minter, Scott Ereckson, Clayton Hobbs and George Hutchinson also scored for the Marauders, who will be going for their fourth straight district title.

“I came up in the eighth grade with Stephen, Luke, Teddy (Transou), and we lost our eighth grade year,” Masferrer said. “So this would be our fourth title and it would be awesome if we won it, especially at home where we haven’t won it since freshman year.”

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