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Seung Lee's 27th goal of the season with 1:42 remaining lifted visiting Poly to an 8-7 victory over 4A-2A City league rival Forest Park, ending the Foresters' winning streak at 16 games.

The Engineers (8-1), who play Forest Park (9-1) again next Tuesday, can remain in the title race with a victory over City today. City, an earlier 7-5 winner over Poly, lost, 6-5, to Forest Park on Friday.

"I started my run and gained a couple of steps on the defender, then I just went for it," said Lee, who came from behind the goal to put his second goal of the game past keeper James Heath (19 saves).

The victory overshadowed a brilliant effort by Forest Park junior midfielder Newman Thompson, who lost two front teeth while hustling for 13 ground balls, stripping attackman often and making several hard body checks.

"They just dug deeper, bending their knees more to scoop ground balls," said Thompson, who scored once. "The streak was important to Coach [Obie Barnes], but we let it slip away."

The Foresters' Antonio Dunton-El had a goal and three assists, and top scoring teammate Ronald Foster (37 goals, five assists) scored twice. The Engineers' James Wisniewski (17 goals, eight assists) and Morrison Wheeler (11 goals, three assists) each scored twice. Teammate Ian Vickery -- who has 19 goals -- scored once, as did teammate Mica Hartman and Forest Park's Antoine Hickman and Dathan Jones.

Forest Park led only once, 1-0, after Keith Fatherly's 14th goal of the season and trailed 6-2 before coming within 6-5 at the half. Poly's Jeff Renner (23 saves) was excellent in a game that was tied three times.

It was the first Poly-Forest Park lacrosse meeting since 1965, when Charles Waesche -- now Forest Park's assistant to Barnes -- coached a Foresters squad that split with the Engineers. The Foresters won titles in the C and B conferences the last two seasons, and Poly went 1-10 in the BB Conference last year.

Poly coach Augie Waibel was Barnes' football and lacrosse coach at Edmondson 30 years ago, and Barnes -- also the Foresters' football coach -- never has beaten Waibel in football or lacrosse.

Heath, the Foresters' second leading scorer with 20 goals and 11 assists, replaced freshman keeper Sean Markley, who was absent from school for personal reasons yesterday and missed the game.

Without Heath, who has won 85 percent of his faceoffs, Waibel said the Foresters' midfield lacked continuity and "our defensive job was easier."

"Our defense started out in a zombied state, leaving guys open two often," said Barnes. "It was a learning experience."

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