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Poly coach Augie Waibel entered yesterday's 4A-2A City League lacrosse game at City knowing he'd have problems with the Knights' high-scoring attack.

Stopping the Knights' top scorer, Ben Posil (39 goals, 17 assists) was one thing, but what about Ryan Coleman (17 goals, 28 assists) and Trent Green (28 goals, five assists)?

After yesterday's 10-7 Knights victory, it was apparent that his Engineers (8-2 overall, 8-2 league) had no answers.

Green scored four of his five goals in the fourth quarter -- two of which were assisted by Posil, who scored once -- after Coleman began drawing double coverage from scoring three goals.

"I just kept taking their defenders behind the goal," Coleman said. "That just opened things up for the others."

The Engineers trailed by as many as three goals in the second and third periods but got fourth-quarter goals from John McNicholas (seven goals, 19 assists) and Mica Hartman (19 goals, four assists) to narrow the deficit to 7-6 with 7:04 left.

Then Green got hot.

"They couldn't touch me," said Green, whose final three goals countered one by Seung Lee (his 27th).

"Green just shot phenomenally," said Waibel, whose Engineers had won, 8-7, Monday, ending Forest Park's winning streak at 16.

City defenders Seth Murphy, James Kelly, Jason Burke and Xavier Logan played well, as did Poly's Ian Vickery (21 goals, four assists), who scored twice, and James Wisniewski (21, 14), who had a goal and two assists.

City, an earlier 7-5 winner over Poly, lost, 6-5, to Forest Park on Friday.

The league title may split three ways if the Knights (9-2, 7-2) win their remaining games against Patterson and Mervo (twice) and if Poly beats Forest Park (9-1, 9-1) on Tuesday.

Poly's Jeff Renner (14 saves) entered the game ranked second among area goalies, having stopped 64 of 80 shots (80 percent), but the Knights' Frank Hutson (16 saves) rose to the challenge yesterday.

Hutson's best efforts were in the first and fourth quarters with six and seven saves, respectively. The Engineers fired 16 shots in each of those periods and outshot the Knights 43-32 overall.

"The ball didn't bounce our way too often," Waibel said. "We could never stay close."

The Knights led 4-1 at the half behind the play of Paul Lewis, who won the game's first five faceoffs and 13 of 20 for the game.

Coleman scored unassisted 40 seconds into the game, but Poly's Vickery tied it with five minutes left in the period.

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