Warren De La Salle offense too much for Father Gabriel Richard lacrosse
Trailing 10-3 early in the third quarter, the Father Gabriel Richard High School boys lacrosse team was in dire need of a spark.
One came when Carl Pressprich intercepted a pass, galloped 40 yards upfield and flung in a goal at the 9-minute, 40-second mark. Teammate Matt Kolevar scored seven seconds later and his brother Adam Kolevar followed suit at 6:31 to cut Warren De La Salle's lead to four.
The second-seeded Pilots, however, huffed out the spark and took off for an eventual 17-10 win a Division 2, Region 7 boys lacrosse semifinal Tuesday at Father Gabriel Richard.
"I thought for a little while we were going to get back into the game. It just didn't happen," said Gabriel Richard coach Jim Carl. "We lost by 10, but we must've given them six or seven man-up goals.
"As you get further into the playoffs you just can't give them those advantages. The good teams are going to put them away and they certainly did."
Nevertheless, the Irish (12-8) opened the scoring when Adam Kolevar scored at 9:48 in the first quarter.
But De La Salle sunk into a patient, methodical offense and orchestrated three unanswered goals to lead 3-1 after one.
After Richard trimmed it to 3-2 on an unassisted goal from Colin McMahon, the Gabriel Richard defense was put back on its heels. The Pilots strung together six straight goals -- led by two apiece from Artemio Sison and Chris Mandell -- to widen the gap to 9-2. Sison finished with a game-high four goals.
"Most of the game was on our defensive side of the ball," said Adam Kolevar. "We couldn't win the faceoffs. They had a really good faceoff guy. I just think we got beat all around the field." The Irish snuck in a goal in the final two minutes of the half, coming from Dustin Audritsh on a McMahon assist, to make for a 9-3 halftime count.
"Once we did get on our side, we were putting them in the goal. We just need to work on that," added Adam Kolevar, who had a team-high two goals.
Emulating that fact, Gabriel Richard compiled its aforementioned three-goal eruption to inch closer at 10-6 midway through the third.
"We've always been kind of a streaky team. Once you get rolling ... that's sort of lacrosse at its very core," said Carl. "It's a fast game. I thought the momentum was changing..."
But the Pilots saw to that, outscoring the Irish 3-1 the rest of the frame to lead 13-7. De La Salle built upon its run in the fourth with four more goals while allowing zero.
"They're a well-coached, disciplined team and they schooled us a little bit," admitted Carl. However, "I'm proud of our kids. This ties as far as we've ever been. We're moving in the right direction and I'm just proud to have been a part of it."
And players like sophomore Adam Kolevar are eager to help lead the way in the coming season.
"Lacrosse has never been a very big sport at our school," he said. "Its come a long way. We're trying to do as much as we can this summer -- get a lot better going to camps and stuff. So it's progressing.
"Hopefullly in a few years it will be a big time sport around here."