Forest Park weathers City's challenge Boys lacrosse


James Heath's 20th goal of the season with 1:11 left in the game secured Forest Park's 6-5 victory -- its 16th straight -- over visiting 4A-2A division City league rival City yesterday.

The Foresters improved to 9-0 overall and in the league, beating City (8-2, 6-2) for the second time this season. City was 6-0 before an earlier 9-2 loss to the Foresters, who are 46-2 over the last 3 1/2 seasons under coach Obie Barnes.

"They out-played us, but I guess we showed we're the better squad," said Heath, who dodged a defender and a midfielder for the game-winner.

City scored four of its goals on extra-man opportunities, including all three in the first quarter for a 3-0 lead. On the fourth of five man-up situations, the Knights' Ryan Coleman's fourth assist of the game found Trent Green, tying the game at 5 early in the final period.

Coleman assisted on all three first-period goals, finding Chris Cranson at 2:07 and 3:25 of the first period and Ben Posil 20 seconds before the second.

"We had the right plan and we did everything that we wanted to," said City coach George Petrides. "We just came up short."

The Foresters out-scored the Knights, 4-0, in the second quarter. Ronald Foster (35 goals, five assists) scored unassisted at 1:44 before Heath's 11th assist of the season found Keith Fatherly, who cut the deficit to 3-2 at 2:06 with his 13th goal of the year.

The Knights trailed, 4-3, after Newman Thompson slipped a 10-yard underhanded volley past keeper Frank Hutson (10 saves), and Dathan Jones relayed to Foster with two minutes left in the half.

"They just took the momentum from us," said City defender Hugh Carey.

"Both teams just played with a lot of intensity, and we can't take anything from them."

Posil tied the game at 4 with 2:38 gone in the third quarter on Green's assist.

Forest Park stayed close thanks to freshman keeper Sean Markley (14 saves).

"I thought the defense played pretty good," said Markley. "We just lacked some offense for some reason today."

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