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Saints roll in lax tourney opener

May 08, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

ST. JAMES — One could say that senior attacker Ben Louderback came through with a double hat trick.

Louderback scored six goals to help the Saint James Saints squash the Georgetown Day School Grasshoppers 13-6 on Tuesday in a Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament boys lacrosse quarterfinal game.

Fourth-seeded Saint James improved its record to 8-8 and will now play in the MAC Tournament semifinals at top-seeded Potomac School on Thursday at 5:30.

“I want to give credit to the rest of the team,” Louderback said. “I didn’t have to work hard for any of my goals. They were able to move the ball down the field and they were able to get the ball to me. We managed to get into pretty good field position and I was able to find the open spots.”

Louderback was pleased that the Saints were able to take control of the game early against the Grasshoppers.

“We were able to jump out on top of them early,” Louderback added. “Then, we were able to put them away. It was something that we haven’t been able to do a lot this year. It felt good to be able to do it today.”

Saint James coach Steve Lachut was impressed with Louderback’s performance.

“Ben Louderback played very well for us,” Lachut said. “He is just a leader. He is a great athlete and he scored six goals.”

Junior attacker Leighton Younger came through with the hat trick by getting three goals for Saint James. Justin Pank and Kyle Neale got one goal and one assist each for the Saints. Connor Abeles and Taha Afridi added one goal each, while Max Brady had one assist for Saint James.

Lynn Reed got two goals to lead Georgetown Day School.

The Saints built a 4-2 lead by the end of the first quarter and increased their advantage to 9-3 by halftime.

“We are starting to peak at the right time, which is big,” Lachut said. “I think that was important for us to get a big lead early. It allows us to play the way that we like to play. We like to push the tempo. I always tell the kids that we want to make fast passes and we want to run quick. We want to keep the other team on the run. We are playing our best lacrosse right now at the end of the season.”

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