This season, Glenelg Country boys lacrosse coach Risto Worthington will stress the importance of his team’s "next play," no matter the outcome of the game.
“Anyone can get caught up in something they did wrong,” he said. “If you dwell on it, you’re going to make the same mistake. You need to have amnesia.”
Though the young Dragons dropped their second game of the season Friday – a 12-5 defeat at Gerstell Academy – Worthington saw some teachable moments.
“We just have to not make as many mental errors,” said the third-year coach. “If we do that, and cut down on some of those, we’ll be OK.”
From the start, Glenelg Country (0-2 MIAA B) came out of the opening faceoff in a hurry against the Falcons (1-0), who moved up from the MIAA C Conference before the season began.
Less than 30 seconds into the contest, Wyatt Naylor stormed down the center of the field and connected on his team’s first shot of the game.
At the 8:08 mark in the first quarter, Gerstell responded when Nicholas Wilson found Ben Higgins to even the mark at 1-1. Seconds later, the teams traded goals again.
Gerstell scored two more times as Josh Tabak and Nicholas Wilson found the back of the net to go ahead by two.
Just before halftime, Glenelg Country’s Nelson LeQuang found Pat Welsh for the second time in the quarter, cutting the deficit to 4-3.
The third quarter was all Gerstell, which tallied five unanswered goals from four different players. Worthington noted that depth is going to be an issue this season, especially early on. Signs of his players getting tired started to show during that third frame, and the Falcons took advantage.
By the fourth quarter, the Dragons gained some stability with scores from Sean Escalante and Reid Chaconas, though the game was well out of reach.
Christian Vinyard stopped nine shots in the net for the Dragons, and Escalante recorded 10 faceoff wins.
Despite the score, Worthington said he saw progress in the team’s performance.
“We cleared a lot better, and we ran through our progressions,” he said. “We improved from last game, which is awesome. Now, we need to keep improving so things don’t get away from us too quickly.”
Gerstell 12, Glenelg Country 5
Goals: G – Ben Higgins 2, Jake Higgins 2, Wilson 2, Gruber 2, J. Tabak 2, Bauhof 1, Tabak 1; GCS – Welsh 2, Naylor 1, Escalante 1, Chaconas 1.
Assists: G – Wilson, B. Higgins, Gruber; GCS – LeQaong 1, Escalante 1, Riley Schmidt 1.
Half: 4-3, Falcons.
Curly 12, GCS 4
On Tuesday, the Dragons lost to Curly on the road, 12-4. Christian Vinyard notched 12 saves, while Escalante, Naylor, Eric Wootton and Riley Schmidt all recorded goals.