That’s the only thing the Stephen Decatur boys lacrosse team will focus on after its 13-5 defeat to Kent Island in the Bayside Championship game at Wicomico County Stadium on Tuesday.
Too many mistakes, too many turnovers will trouble the Seahawks, but they will remember a familiar theme that it’s the third game against Kent Island that really matters.
“It’s just disappointing,” head coach Scott Lathroum said. “We really only had one bright spot and that was faceoffs. We dominated that again. We couldn’t execute offensively to get in the ball in the back of the net. They just broke us down. … “We didn’t play the way we can play. That’s it in a nut shell.”
There was a chance early in the second half with Decatur only trailing 5-2 at the half. Matt LeCompte opened the scoring 53 seconds into the third, but they would not get any closer.
“We scored the first goal and we had some (momentum), and they just pecked away — bang, bang bang,” Lathroum said.
Luke Fromert terrorized the Decatur defense all evening with six goals and two assists. His fourth with 7:08 left in the third put Kent Island back in charge. Bobby Giuffreda scored 16 seconds later. The Seahawks left him wide open in the middle of the field after the faceoff.
Just 38 seconds later, after Buccaneers’ goalie Dylan Abplanalp came up with an in-close save from Jake Lathroum, Zach Goodrich made it 8-3. Abplanalp had nine saves on the evening.
“Mental mistakes is what kills us,” LeCompte said. “We have to capitalize (better). … We just break down when stuff goes bad.”
Will Hastings came up with two saves of his nine saves, attempting to keep Decatur in the game, but two goals 10 seconds apart in the final minute of the third put any end to more thoughts of a comeback.
After the 10th goal that appeared to roll in off a deflection credited to Nathan Dulaney, Hastings slammed his stick into the pole in frustration.
“The defensive end, we played a lot of defense,” Lathroum said. “They were breaking down that backside pipe on us. They were finding that guy open and we weren’t getting that slide down there to cover it. We got a lot of tape, a lot to watch and our homework to do.”
To earn a rematch with Kent Island, Decatur will have to beat James M. Bennett at 6 p.m. Friday.
LeCompte and Lathroum both said they will not look past Bennett, who Decatur beat 11-3 on April 29.
“We obviously have to get going in practice — take it a lot more seriously, practice a lot harder,” LeCompte said.
NOTES: Corey Gwin had two goals to lead Decatur. Jackson Mumford and LeCompte had one. also had one. Lathroum said the biggest challenge in the possible rematch will be offensive movement and precision.
“Off ball movement, getting it to the right people and they we start moving our offense,” he said. “We didn’t really run.”
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