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May 7, 2010

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National HS Boys' Notebook: 'Conceding the Goal'

by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online

Benjamin High became the third different school from Palm Beach Gardens to win Florida's Interscholastic Athletic club lacrosse title.

Jeff Seidel covers high school lacrosse for Lacrosse Magazine Online. Check back each week for his regional breakdown of what's what around nation. Submit notes or story ideas to jseid1234@aol.com.

MIDWEST

The Lemont (Ill.) freshman-sophomore boys' lacrosse team suffered a tough 4-3 loss to Homewood-Flossmoor Monday night. But this defeat didn’t sting as much as others, because everyone learned something from it.

During the game, Lemont's John Fiori picked up a loose ball and fired a shot that hit the crossbar and then bounced down off the bottom pipe into the net and then quckly back out. The official didn’t see it and let the game go on. But Homewood coach Dominic Palumbo stepped on the field and stopped the game to talk to the officials.

He told them that the ball should be ruled a goal, and that he was “conceding the goal.”

Palumbo said this was something he’d learned while playing lacrosse as a kid, a value his coach constantly preached.

Oh, and who was his coach back then?

It was Tom Haggerty – the Lemont coach now.

“Tom wasn’t upset about losing the game,” said Steve Larek, director of the Lemont lacrosse program. “He was very excited, first to be facing one of his former players…but mostly that his former player had gotten the message and was now teaching the same principles of ‘honor the game’ that he taught a few years ago."

Both are club teams that represent the schools and play in the Iillinois High School Lacrosse Association now, but this was a day when the players on both teams learned something that’s more important than winning or losing.

SOUTH

Is the city of Palm Beach Gardens becoming a high school lacrosse powerhouse?

For the third straight season, a team from that city won the Interscholastic Athletic club lacrosse title in Florida. This year, it was Benjamin High School that took the title.

Palm Beach Gardens started the streak by winning the championship in 2008, and Dwyer took it last year. Dwyer and Benjamin are literally across the street from each other, while Palm Beach Gardens is just a few miles down the road.

Joe Gephart started the Palm Beach Gardens recreation lacrosse program in 2004, began the high school program in 2005 and won that state title in 2008. He said that interest in lacrosse is getting hotter in the area all the time.

“We now have Saturday morning pick-up games in the summer, and these kids get out of bed at nine in the morning to play three hours of pick-up lacrosse,” Gephart said. “It’s becoming a year-round thing.”

WEST

Foothill-Pleasanton pulled out a 14-13 overtime victory over De La Salle in a CIF-North Coast Section East Bay Athletic League match-up Tuesday in California, according to WestSideLax.com.

Scott Benson got the game-winning goal with 2:45 left in overtime for the victory. Scott Wheaton got the assist, as the Falcons improved to 12-4 overall (8-3 in EBAL action). Foothill scored the last four goals to rally from a three-goal deficit.

Benson carried the offense with four goals and one assist. Gabe Garcia helped with three goals and one assist. Wheaton also had four points, with one goal and three assists.

The victory created even more of a logjam at the top of the league, as five teams now are tied for first place – Foothill, De La Salle, San Ramon Valley, Amador Valley and Danville Monte Vista.

Christian Dutcher led De La Salle (11-6, 8-3) with three goals.

MID-ATLANTIC

The Tatnall School (Del.) lacrosse team got off to a bad start this spring. But the Hornets are certainly doing much better now.

After dropping four straight games to start the season, Tatnall rebounded to take four of its next five contests. Its fourth win was a 12-4 rout of the Charter School of Wilmington last week, according to the Wilmington News Journal.

In that game, Taylor Swarter and Jackson Keeler both scored three goals, and Austin Beer gave the Hornets two goals and three assists.

Nolan Morris helped with one goal and three assists, and Ryan Messick handed out two assists.

The big question now is if the Hornets can keep up this streak of good lacrosse in the final part of the season.

NORTHEAST

There’s no question that Fairfield Ludlowe (Conn.) is a streaky team. The Falcons began the year by winning five straight and had lost four in a row before edging St. Joseph, 7-5, earlier this week.

Henry Boyd made five of his 11 saves in the fourth quarter as the Falcons hung on for the win, according to CTPost.com.

St. Joseph cut a 6-2 lead down to one with three straight goals, but Connor Charles got a key insurance goal to make the lead two again.

Charles finished with two goals and one assist. Nate Ryan and John Kreitler also scored twice. Pat Corcoran led the Cadets with one goal and two assists.  


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