You might not be able to tell by the score, 14-2 in favor of New Egypt, but the Pirates boy’s lacrosse team showed improvement today in their loss.
Cinnaminson is now 2-9 on the season, but head coach Craig Angelini likes what he has seen of late from the Pirates.
“I’m not disappointed with the effort today. I think if some of the quality takes we had early in the game went in, it would’ve been a different ballgame. The difference is they could score at will in transition on us and we could not find the back of the net.”
“This was not the same game we played against Holy Cross and the score was very similar (15-2 loss). Sometimes when you win, you really lose and sometimes when you lose, you really win. I’m still proud of my guys’ effort. The score just did not cooperate with us today.”
The Pirates picked up their first win of the year on senior night 4-3 over Williamstown. Then, on Tuesday, the Pirates traveled to take on Winslow. The result there was a 17-5 win for Cinnaminson, the second win of the year.
Three players scored four goals in the win and two others scored twice. Two of the three who scored four goals were freshman in Cole Wojkowski and Zack Artur.
In Wednesday’s loss to New Egypt, the Pirates played an excellent first half of lacrosse. The Pirates allowed seven goals, but scored two, one of them on a two-man advantage.
“I think our game plan of putting Liam (Wharton) up on the draw against Kyle (Prouty) was a good move and worked well in our favor,” Angelini said. “We denied him the fast breaks. Liam did a phenomenal job guarding him and keeping him out of the game early.”
The seventh goal of the first half occurred as the horn sounded at the end of the second quarter that wound up taking the air out of the Pirates sails.
“We had some good takes. We had good looks. We had good shots,” Angelini said. “Their goalie made some phenomenal saves. We hit a couple pipes. We missed corners by a couple inches and they stuck them in the net.”
Cinnaminson had just made it a 6-2 game on the two-man advantage and this goal put a damper on halftime.
The Pirates goals were scored by Ryan Devone and Ryan Bleistine.
New Egypt went on to score seven goals in the third quarter to extend their lead to 14-2. The two teams played to a scoreless fourth quarter.
“Every turnover resulted in a transition goal against us,” Angelini said. “They scored at will in the transition game today. We’d have a nice offensive possession and then we’d get a good quality take or two and the ball would come into our end and they’d get us in transition.”
“We rallied again in the fourth quarter and we finished strong.”
The Pirates get back at it Friday, April 29 with a 3:45pm contest at Delran. The Bears took down Cinnaminson 15-0 earlier this season at home.
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