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April 19, 2014

Boys lacrosse: Lewisburg tops Scranton Prep to remain unbeaten

WINFIELD — When it comes to the fundamentals of lacrosse, the only area in which Lewisburg needs work is throwing and catching the ball on the run.

Other than that, the Green Dragons have mastered all of the other areas as they continued their unbeaten season Saturday with a 21-5 rout of Scranton Prep at the Union Township Lacrosse Field.

Senior Nathan Fox scored 22 seconds into the opening quarter after Lewisburg won the faceoff and then gained control of a ground ball.

The rout was on from there.

Fox was one of six different players who scored a least one goal for Lewisburg (7-0) in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

The Green Dragons led 8-2 after the first quarter, 17-5 at halftime, and the defense pitched a shutout in the second half while going three-for-three on the penalty kills.

“It’s a good feeling to be 7-0, the kids are playing real well as a team and they are not playing ‘me’ ball, they are playing ‘team’ ball,” Dragons coach Mark Everitt said.

Scranton Prep made the game 2-1 after Lewisburg sophomore Braden Toll scored the first of his four goals.

It was as close as they would get.

“When people started using their first names and started inviting each other out to eat, that makes teamwork a lot more fun,” Toll said of noticing when the team was starting to jell.

The Cavaliers (3-4) got two goals each from Anthony Osticco and Joe Campolieto.

“Lacrosse is a little more established down here (than in the Scranton area), and it showed,” Scranton Prep coach Jon Knowels said. “Lewisburg’s kids can go both ways (shoot left- or right-handed) and it’s new up by us. This is just our 20th game as a program, but we have to come down here and play teams like Lewisburg to get better.”

The game for Lewisburg was summed up in one offensive possession late in the first half as Matt Fedorjaka scored one of his seven goals on a tie-tac-toe play with 48 seconds left. Fox took a pass from Drew Strosser and found Fedorjaka open for the shot.

“There is great team chemistry between everyone,” Fedorjaka said. “Our offense has been playing together for two-plus years now and everyone is really moving the ball well and being unselfish.”

It was the second straight game in which Lewisburg scored 20 or more goals and the sixth straight game in which the Dragons have scored 14 or more goals.

The team is averaging 15.4 goals per game.

“We are not stronger on either end of the field, we are strong on both ends,” Everitt added. “The scoring has not been coming from just one person. It’s been everybody.”

Lewisburg‘s defense was stingy all day and is allowing an average of just four goals per game.

“I think we communicate extremely well,” junior defenseman Alex Nash said. “Communication is a huge part of defense. We are constantly talking, calling out where our slides are coming from.”

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