IR lax still in South race after division loss at Delmar
After a 5-1 start and handling most non-conference opponents convincingly, the Indian River High School lacrosse team saw their Henlopen South title hopes fade last Wednesday, April 16, after falling to division rival Delmar, 9-1.
The loss marks the Indians’ second overall loss of the season, both of which came against division opponents. Despite the 0-2 division record, however, hope for the South title has not yet extinguished.
After Woodbridge High School canceled their 2014 season, only Milford, Delmar and IR are competing in the South this year — so the Indians will still face both Milford and Delmar for a second time before the season is over.
Senior midfielder Ben Gonski accounted for the only IR goal against the Wildcats, just one game removed from the team’s 17-goal performance at Sussex Central.
“It’s just one game. We play these guys again, for the conference,” said Gonski after the disappointing loss. “They’re a tough team. They played fundamentally sound — fundamentals is what hurt us today.”
Gonski also noted time of possession and solid play between the pipes from Delmar sophomore keeper Anthony Ash, who had 20 saves in the matchup, as reasons for the loss.
“We didn’t have any shots in the second quarter,” he went on to explain. “Took all of our shots in the first quarter and we made one. [Ash] is a shorter goalie, but he’s quick on top and he saved two or three of my high shots that probably would have hit the back of the net on any other goalie — he has a quick stick.”
Headed into spring break at 5-2, both Gonski and fellow senior midfielder Merrick Kovatch emphasized the importance of continuing to practice during their week off from school as they prepared to face both division opponents again.
“We’re going to try to get as many practices over spring break, with people going away and everything,” Kovatch said. “Work with some people on what we need to, and, hopefully, just get better as a team as we move forward in the season.”
The Indians won’t face Delmar again until the final game of the season but will face Milford, whom they lost to 6-5 earlier this spring, for the second time, on Wednesday, April 30.
Before that, however, they’ll square up against two non-conference opponents, when Red Lion comes to town on Friday, April 25, and Worcester Prep visits on Monday, April 28. The matchup against Red Lion starts at noon, while Monday’s game against Worcester Prep is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Both games will be played at Indian River High School.
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