Fresh off a season-opening win over Sussex Academy, the Indian River boys lacrosse squad was hoping to keep the momentum going with a trip up to Lake Forest’s James H. Blades Stadium for a Henlopen Conference tilt with the Spartans.
After a back-and-forth through much of the first half, the Spartans’ halftime adjustments proved too much for the Indians in an 11-6 setback.
Carter Kenton led the way for Lake Forest with a game-high seven goals. Kade Collins added a hat trick for the Spartans. Their combined efforts were certainly impressive, especially to IR coach Dave Spencer.
“Those guys have been together a long time,” Spencer said. “They are going to cause a lot of trouble for a lot of defenses this year. The hard part is when you get guys that play together like they have been playing together, it is tough for any defense really.”
The Indians trailed 2-1 after the first quarter with Wyatt Kovatch getting IR on the board at the 6:37 mark. Jack Martin scored the first of his two goals on the night at the 3:29 mark of the second quarter before Reed Klemkowski — also with two goals on the night — sent the Indians into the break all tied up at 3-3 with the Spartans.
The Indians were never able to lead on the night as Kenton took over in the second half.
“We have to grind things out more on offense,” Spencer admitted. “We have more work to do in that area … situational goals, fast breaks. I, in the first half, we were doing great with our offense.”
IR’s Dylan White scored the final goal with 3:31 left in the game to cut their deficit to 10-6. The Indians couldn’t get any closer.
Indians’ goalie Samuel Miltner was credited with 13 saves while facing 30 shots by the Spartans.
Indian River is back in action Friday, April 6, with a home date versus Dover at 5:30 p.m.
RATTLE THE CAGE: The Spartans were coming off a season-opening loss to Milford, 17-11, in which Kenton notched his 300th career point. The Spartan senior left the game versus IR late with an apparent wrist injury.