The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 25, 2014

Boys Lacrosse: Lewisburg downs Mifflinburg 14-1

By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item

WINFIELD — It was a day when the weather conditions were more like a late-season football game than an early spring lacrosse game between Lewisburg and Mifflinburg on Tuesday afternoon.

But the cold weather didn’t bother sophomore Matt Fedorjaka, as he netted eight goals as the Green Dragons earned a 14-1 win at the Winfield Township Lacrosse Field.

Even with a steady, light snow falling, the Green Dragons (2-0) wasted no time getting on the scoreboard first as they needed just 72 seconds to take a 1-0 lead.

Fedorjaka — who has 11 goals in two games this year — scored 63 goals last year while playing the midfield position. This year, first-year head coach Matt Everitt has switched him to attack.

“Matt is very good at dodging and cutting between people and getting to the goal,” Everitt said. “He’s very accurate with his shots and a lot of his goals are coming from right around the crease, not from way out.”

Fedorjaka’s accuracy was on display on one particular goal late in the first half during a man-up situation.

He fired a right-handed shot — after dodging a defender — that found the net just inside the far post and underneath the crossbar.

“We’ve been working hard all offseason playing wall ball at Bucknell University when we can, and we’ve been picking up our sticks and staying active,” Fedorjaka said.

Lewisbug (1-0 Central Susquehanna Boys Lacrosse League) has allowed four goals in two games and was four seconds from a shutout on Tuesday.

“I think that our defense will be a strong point for us this year,” Everitt added. “But in the same sense, I think our offense can be strong as well.”

Lewisburg scored 72 seconds into the game as part of a 7-0 first quarter lead.

The lead grew to 12-0 at halftime.

Nick Feltham had a goal and two assists for Lewisburg while Nathan Fox and Drew Strosser added three assists each.

Lewisburg with face an early-season test in its next two games when it plays Danville on Saturday and Selinsgrove at home next Tuesday, a rematch of the 2013 district finals.

“These two games will be a test for us to see where we stand and what we need to work on,” Everitt said. “I still think we need to make better passes, avoid penalties and watch the loose-ball pushes from behind.”

Tuesday’s game was the first game of the year for Mifflinburg (0-1, 0-1).

“It was a pretty rough way to start the season,” coach Susan Chlebowski said. “We knew we would have to measure small successes today and it would require a tremendous amount of communication to bring the newest players up to speed.”

Junior Sam Wright scored the Wildcats’ lone goal to spoil the shutout bid.