CLAYMONT – The Appoquinimink boys lacrosse team used a mix of patience and chemistry to stir up a big win for their young program.
Behind hat tricks from Cross Ferrara and Zachary Bowen, as well as a go-ahead goal by Campbell Garrison in the fourth quarter, the No.5-ranked Jaguars became the first Delaware high school team to defeat No.2-ranked Archmere, picking up a huge 13-12 road win Wednesday afternoon.
“Usually in practice we go really hard, run and gun style,” Jaguars coach Chris Rutter explained. “But yesterday, we had a cool-down practice. We put some patience into our game plan and that made our guys really hungry. They were ready to compete and worked their butts off today.”
“This is a big win for our program because we’ve never faced a challenge like Archmere,” Ferrara said. “We just stuck to the fundamentals.”
The Jaguars, sporting a 6-0 mark on the season, took a 5-2 lead after one quarter of play and led 9-6 after Garrison started the third quarter with a rocket that eluded Auks goalie Jake Mottola.
Archmere fought back in short order, scoring the game’s next four goals, capped off by Ben Revak’s tally with under two minutes to go to give the Auks a 10-9 lead. Appoquinimink kept their composure and headed to the final quarter tied at 10 on a goal by Bowen.
“Other teams might’ve fallen apart, but that’s not what we’re about,” Garrison said. “Even if you’re down 50-0, you have to stick together as a team and that’s what we did.”
A seesaw fourth quarter finally swung in Appoquinimink’s favor when Garrison blasted a shot past Mottola with 5:19 to play. Bowen added another goal — his fifth — to open up a 13-11 lead and the Jaguars survived a last-minute goal from Archmere’s Robert Baxter to get the win.
“Our guys have a lot of confidence anyway,” Rutter explained. “But they had to go out there and show why they have that confidence. So this win really put us on the map today.”
“You work so hard for something and it’s great to see it paying off,” Garrison added.
Baxter led Archmere (6-2) with four goals and Mottola stopped 12 shots.