The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 3, 2014

Boys lacrosse: Fox brothers keep Lewisburg's win streak alive

WINFIELD — Rapper Jay-Z called the game of lacrosse “soft” last week in a rap song.

Saturday morning’s contest between Lewisburg and Wyoming Seminary was anything but.

A hard-hitting game saw the Green Dragons earn a man-up situation for two minutes in the third quarter that changed the game’s momentum in their favor.

Braden Toll scored two of his three goals on the day during the man-up advantage while Nathan Fox netted the game winner midway through the fourth quarter as Lewisburg came from behind to win, 7-6.

Junior goalie Michael Fox made 10 saves on the day, including two critical saves late in the game, as the Green Dragons remained unbeaten at 11-0.

“Michael was tremendous today, he’s not afraid to sacrifice his body to stop a shot and he did it a few times in the fourth quarter which saved the game for us,” Lewisburg head coach Mark Everitt said.

Trailing 4-2 at halftime, the Green Dragons scored three times on the locked-in penalty in the third quarter, despite giving up a goal to the Knights (9-3) during that time.

“The key to getting the goals on the man-up advantage was to be patient and to move the ball around and to find an open man,” Everitt said.

Just prior to the man-up advantage, Michael Fox stopped Seminary’s Brad Sedor shot from just outside the right portion of the crease.

Lewisburg scored four of its seven goals during a man-up situation in the game.

Michael Fox then stopped a screen shot from 10 yards out, 50 seconds after his brother scored the game-winning goal.

“They got the ball across the mid-line and we had to slide every defender through and they had a guy wide open on the crease and I just had to follow his stick and I pushed out a little bit on the guy to mess up his shooting motion,” Michael Fox said of the save.

Both teams had scoring opportunities early in the fourth quarter after the Knights tied the game at six with one second left in the third quarter.

“I still felt that we needed to not rush things, but to be patient,” Everitt said about the game-tying goal in the third.

According to Everitt, there were no changes made to the defense slides which got better as the game went on, Wyoming Seminary was looking to get isolation match-ups that would lead to the defense sliding and creating an open player for a shot.

“It was a complete new game from halftime as it was only 4-3,” Michael Fox said. “We knew we could come back and get it (the win).”

With just under five minutes left in regular, Lewisburg found itself on a fast-break as Matt Fedrojaka found Nate Fox to the right of the Seminary goal. He made one fake, and went low to score what turned out to be the game winning-goal.

“What’s great about Matt is that he draws attention and it makes the rest of us look good as people have to respect him as a player,” Nate Fox said. “I got lucky on that goal that my guy slid, leaving me wide-open in front of the goal. I threw a fake and shot it low.”

Early on, the ground balls seemed to be eluding Lewisburg.

“We have struggled a little bit this year with ground balls, “ Everitt said. “We told them that we need to get a little bit better at it.”

The Knights led 4-1 early in the second quarter.

“We had a couple of missed shots,; we hit the goalie right in the stick (with shots) and we had a couple of dropped passes,” Seminary head coach Chris Ostrowski said. “We took too many stupid penalties as well.”

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