Boys Lacrosse: Smith slams door on Blue Storm to lead Saints to title

May 05, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

ST. JAMES — Saint James goalie Will Smith just missed a shutout on Saturday afternoon, but led the Saints to a 5-1 victory over Mercersburg Academy to win the Independent Parochial School League championship.

“I was able to focus on the shots more because the defense played so well,” said Smith, who stopped six shots. “I’m grateful for that. And Coach (Steve) Lachut set up some great defenses for us. I give him a lot of credit.”

Smith, a sophomore, spent last season playing behind a senior and stepped up big for the Saints in their biggest game of the season.

“(Smith) answered the bell. He was very impressive today,” Lachut said. “He was helpful and showed some great patience on the clears.”

Saint James (7-8) controlled possession for much of the first half, but only led 2-0 at halftime.

“The offense bought in, found good looks, and did great fighting on the missed opportunities,” said Lachut. “That allowed us to possess the ball.”

The game was scoreless for nearly first 10 minutes before Saint James’ Jacob Thompson scored to put the Saints up 1-0. Johnny Stevens followed with a goal almost a minute later off an assist from Austin Fahey to push Saint James’ lead to 2-0.

“It’s been an up-and-down season for us,” Lachut said. “Our biggest thing today was no ‘what-ifs’ because we’ve had too many this season. The team took that to heart and left it all on the field.”

Justin Plank increased the Saints’ lead to 3-0 with a goal with 9:01 remaining in the third quarter.

Max Brady added two goals in the fourth quarter — the first at the 7:27 mark and the second with 1:54 remaining off an assist from Kyle Neale — giving the Saints a 5-0 advantage.

Mercersburg’s Ben Dupont scored with 1:15 left to help the Blue Storm avoid the shutout.

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