DANVERS — Gaining possession in lacrosse is only the most important ingredient for victory if a team maintains and capitalizes.
St. John’s Prep had no trouble getting a grasp on the ball yesterday against Lincoln-Sudbury thanks to faceoff specialist Derek Osbahr, but the Eagles couldn’t maintain possessions against the Warriors and paid the price.
Visiting Lincoln-Sudbury scored 10 unanswered goals from the second quarter on to hand the Eagles a 13-3 loss.
St. John’s (12-4), which had won five straight games, only trailed 6-3 at the break, but its offense clearly wasn’t operating at peak efficiency. Osbahr won 10 of 11 faceoffs before intermission, yet the Eagles still faced a three-goal deficit.
“I think we could have kept it closer in the first half because of unforced errors, simple catching and throwing,” St. John’s Prep coach John Roy said. “You just can’t have that against someone like them. Then they had the momentum in the second half. Derek did his best to slow them down on the faceoffs, but still they were capitalizing. A couple sloppy turnovers and they move the ball well enough and will put the ball in.
“When our offense is playing as poorly as it did today, you know it’s tough to come from behind.”
The pressure shifted to the Eagles’ defense in the second half because Lincoln-Sudbury was able to increase the pace of the game in the third quarter. The Warriors got goals from Jordan Dow and John Merwin in unsettled situations, then Greg Roder scored on a fast break to push the L-S lead to 9-3.
“We pushed the ball (in the third quarter). We knew they had to come out chasing us and they did,” Lincoln-Sudbury (12-2) coach Brian Vona said. “St. John’s Prep is a very tough team and they like to dictate play. We knew they were going to come out chasing it and we knew we had to start scoring. We did well.”