Five of the last six boys’ lacrosse meetings between Sussex Tech and Dover High have been decided by just one or two goals.
So Ravens coach Don Golacinski couldn’t help but feel pretty good after Sussex Tech cruised to a 19-6 victory over the Senators in a Henlopen Conference Northern Division matchup on Wednesday night.
The Ravens opened up an impressive 14-2 halftime advantage as they improved to 2-2 in the North, 5-3 overall.
“In 13 years as a head coach, I’ve never had a team play that well,” said Golacinski. “We can do anything we want to. If we played like this against some of the other teams, it might have been a little bit different.”
On Saturday, Sussex Tech suffered a particularly tough, 11-10 overtime loss to Sanford. The Ravens squandered a two-goal, fourth-quarter lead in the setback.
But Sussex Tech didn’t leave anything to chance on Wednesday. Junior Jason Whaley netted five of his six goals in the first half, Ian Carlisle scored four of his five goals with Matt Tull adding three goals before intermission.
The Ravens have added nonconference games against high-level programs like Tower Hill and Wilmington Friends to their schedule this spring. Golacinski said the goal is to raise Sussex Tech’s level of play.
“We’ve always been just a really good average team,” he said. “We just feel like maybe this is the turning point.”
Devaughn Williams scored three goals for Dover (2-3 North, 5-4) with goalie Kyle Potter making 12 saves.
Polytech 15, Sussex Central 1: Zach Trabaudo netted four goals and Jeremy Armann (1 assist) had three in the Panthers’ Henlopen North win.
Also scoring for for Polytech, which led 8-1 at halftime, were Robert Mason (2 goals), Jared Wagenhofer (2 goals), Zach Maheu (2 goals), Tom Gilmore (1 goals, 1 assist) and Dakota Sapp (1 goal, 1 assist). Nathan Fairbanks made four saves.
Chase Wells scored for the Golden Knights. Polytech outshot the Knights, 37-21.
Milford 16, Lake Forest 4: Mathew Viramontes (1 assist) and Ring Lardner tallied five goals each as the Buccaneers (8-0) posted the Henlopen South win.
Zachary Heesh (3 goals), Mark Henderson (2 goals, 2 assist) and Dallas Rhodes (1 goal, 1 assist) also scored for Milford, which scored eight goals in the fourth quarter.
Clay Stevenson made 15 saves for the Bucs.
Caesar Rodney 20, Smyrna 7: The Riders are now 9-0 overall after the Henlopen North victory.
Sussex Tech 12, Indian River 2: Cole Collins had two hits and three RBI as the Ravens won their eighth game in a row.
Winning pitcher Trent Hearn (2 runs, 1 RBI, 2 stolen bases) and Justin Hill also had two hits for Sussex Tech, which led 10-0 after three innings,
Zane Richard drove in both IR runs in the fourth while Ryan Engh had a hit and scored a run.
Caravel 16, Cape Henlopen 7: The Buccaneers broke the game open with eight runs in the fourth.
Cape’s David Kwan (3 RBI), Drew Mulcahy, Kai Vitella and Quinn Donohoe had two hits apiece as the Vikings finished with 10 in the contest.
Cape Henlopen 5, Lake Forest 3: Jordyn Virden’s two-run homerun in the third inning ended up deciding the Vikings’ Henlopen Conference win.
Brooke Glanden and Kerrigan Simpson had RBI for the Spartans.
St. Peter & Paul 22, Delmarva Christian 12: McKenzie Waide (4 RBI) and Haley Niethammer (3 RBI) both homered for the Royals in their loss.
St. Joseph’s 7, Delaware 6: The Hawks scored four runs in the top of the seventh and then held off the Blue Hens in the bottom of the inning in the seven-inning victory.
Saint Joseph’s (14-19) peppered the Blue Hens (15-15) with 16 hits during the game and used eight pitchers to seal the win.
Greg Olenski, Zach Lopes, Norm Donkin and Brock Niggebrugge led the Blue Hens with two hits each in the game and Niggebrugge scored a game-high three runs.
Delaware sweeps UMES: Mariah Kondravy homered in both games while four Blue Hen pitchers combined on 10 scoreless innings as Delaware cruised to a 11-0, 17-0 doubleheader sweep of UMES, 11-0 and 17-0.
Kondravy, whose 44 RBI this season are also one away from the Blue Hen single season mark, went 4-for-4 with four RBI in the nightcap.
College track & field
Wesley’s Schlosset third at Penn: Wesley College’s Patrick Schlosser scored a school-record 6,211 points to finish third in the decathlon at the historic Penn Relays held on Wednesday at Franklin Field.
Schlosser, who competed in his second decathlon over a six-day period, now ranks ninth in NCAA Division III in the event.
Schlosser won both the discus (134-0) and 1,500 Run (4:44.13) on day two on Wednesday, recording 1,337 combined points in the events. Schlosser also clocked a personal-record 17.74 in the 110 hurdles and cleared 11’ 1.75” in the pole vault, which matches a personal-record.
He also threw the javelin 140’ 10.0” on Wednesday.
On the first day of the decathlon Tuesday, Schlosser won the 100 and 400 Dash in times of 11.02 and 49.48, respectively, while also taking the event crown in the shot put with a personal-record toss of 38’ 11.50”. Schlosser also traveled a personal-record 19’ 3.50” in the long jump and cleared 5’ 6.0” in the high jump for 3,383 points on day one.
Cornell’s Austin Jamerson won the decathlon with 7,015 points and Schlosser was 155 points behind Vinny Biunno of Franklin Pierce for second place. Schlosser edged Cornell’s David Karabinos by seven points while Sean Collins of Penn took fifth with 5,286 points.