Sports: M-A Lacrosse Falters in Disappointing Loss to SHP
The M-A lacrosse team lost a rematch of the SVCAL Championship game against Sacred Heart. For the first time in the season, the Bears had senior captains Oliver Bucka and Duncan McGinnis returning from injury, giving them high hopes for the game leading up to it. However SHP still managed to pull away late, and take an essentially lopsided game 11-6.
The game began as a fierce, back and forth event between the two powerhouses of the SVCAL. After two goals apiece through the majority of the first quarter, McGinnis got on the scoreboard to put the Bears up 3-2 just before the quarter ended.
Through the second, SHP’s strong defense kept M-A scoreless for the entirety of the quarter. This opened the door so they could take a slim 4-3 lead at halftime. Both teams entered the break confident in their ability to win the game. Though the Gators held most of the momentum after their solid performance in the second, the game was a toss up.
The Gators came out of the half with similar intensity as they had before. They scored a goal within a minute and were continuing to play their great defense that was continued from the first half. They were able to continue to build upon their lead, quickly extending it to 7-3. Though M-A was able to break their 3-0 run with a goal of their own, they finished the third quarter down 9-5.
In the final quarter of the game, the Bears struggled to get back into contention for the victory. SHP continued to play great lacrosse, extending their lead to 11-6 by the final buzzer. The loss was a disappointing outing for the Bears, who historically manage SHP’s team well.
Junior Eric Levenson remarked after, “the fire wasn’t there in the second half”
M-A will look to improve their intensity in the second half of games as they participate in a tournament in Huntington Beach over M-A’s spring break.