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Islander Boys Lacrosse Loses To La Jolla And Defeats Scripps Ranch

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Posted: Friday, May 3, 2019 3:51 pm

The Islander Boys Lacrosse Team (10-6 Overall, 1-1 Western League) began last week with a trek to La Jolla, where Coronado lost to the Vikings 13-5. Islander Head Coach Alex Cade said, “They’re ranked No. 3 and we’re No. 4 in the Open Division. And the game was closer than the score would indicate. We’ve been playing a little tight, which happens with a young offense and a young team. They can forget they are a talented team. When you graduate a bunch of kids and you have a young team, you never stop adjusting. We were nicked up and not 100 percent. We were fighting a little bit uphill against a good opponent.”

Devin Schulte’s two goals paced the Islander offense, with single goals coming from James Witthoft, Neil Capin and Reese Packard. Goalie Joe Walsh was credited with 15 saves and led the team in groundballs recovered with three. Dominic Friedly won six of his 11 draw controls.

Cade referenced the loss of senior Captain George Farley, who is out for the rest of the year after shoulder surgery. “We’ve won some games without him, but he was a big help on the field. He has turned into a second offensive coordinator for us and he has been a positive guy throughout this thing. It’s hard when a senior has a season-ending injury.”

It speaks well of the Islanders that they bounced back two nights later with a 10-2 home win over Scripps Ranch. Coronado was credited with no assists in the loss to La Jolla, but six of their 10 goals came on assists against the Falcons. Witthoft led Coronado in scoring with three goals and an assist; Schulte scored two goals and had one assist; Andrew Bell scored twice; Capin had a goal and two assists; Casey Harris scored a goal; and both Daniel Bell and Packard were credited with assists. Friedly was the groundball leader with eight, while Ryan Bastuba and Witthoft had three each. Players with two groundballs recovered each included Miguel Serrano, Schulte, Andrew Bell, Kenneth May, Harris, Luke Sandie and Andrew Larratt. Friedly was 10-2 in faceoffs won and Walsh had four saves in the victory.

Turning the corner to earlier this week, Monday evening Coronado hosted No. 2 ranked La Costa Canyon and lost 14-5. The Coronado scoring came from Harris with two goals and an assist, and one goal each from Daniel Bell, Andrew Bell and Schulte. Friedly was the groundball leader with six and he also won 12 of his 17 draw controls. Other groundball leaders included Schulte with four, Packard with three, and two each from Serrano and Harris. Walsh was credited with six saves in goal. Thanks to team statistician Michael Bell for the quick, late-night turnaround on the game stats.

“I’m proud of the Boys,” Cade said. “And we have a lot of improvement left to accomplish. We have two games left this week with St. Augustine Wednesday at home at 7 p.m., and Torrey Pines on the road Friday at 7 p.m. Right now Torrey Pines is No. 1, LCC is No. 2, La Jolla is No. 3 and we’re No. 4.”

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