When Germantown Academy and La Salle traded goals early in their non-league contest Tuesday afternoon it looked like a high scoring affair would ensue for the duration of the game.
The scoring did continue, however, the scoring heavily favored La Salle as a streak of nine unanswered goals spanning the end of the first quarter into the second quarter aided the Explorers to a 15-6 win.
A key part to La Salle's scoring run was getting stops on defense and using its team speed to catch the Patriots in transition.
"Transitioning back the other way is key,' La Salle coach Steve Duncheskie said. "For a team like us that has a lot of speed that's one of the things we work on every single day.'
With the Patriots trying to match the Explorers scoring, the aggressive GA offense took a lot of outside shots, due a lot in part to solid La Salle defense.
"We have a lot of guys that aren't from a water polo background,' GA coach Mike Koziol said. "[We are] working on things like working a good position, and knowing to drive.'
As the Patriots fired away from outside, the Explorers routinely worked the ball inside to generate high quality chances close to the net. One of the biggest beneficiaries of the La Salle offense was junior Vince Everman who had a game high four goals while also assisting on three. Of Everman's four goals, junior Luke Chadwick assisted on three. Chadwick finished the game with four assists and three goals of his own.
"Luke Chadwick did a really nice job today.' Duncheskie said. "He worked hard and we're really going to need a lot of big goals from him throughout the course of the season.'
"This is only [Everman's] second year playing so he's still very raw and that's why you saw him in the game a lot because he is a weapon.'
GA's offense was quarterbacked by senior captain Zeke Zabinski who showed he wasn't afraid to shoot the ball, however, the Patriots firepower came from Stuart Butler as he scored three of the six GA goals while registering one assist that came on a man down situation.
"Normally [Zabinski] is more of a facilitator,' Koziol said. "This was the first game where he was really looking for his own shot, and I think that was more out of frustration.'
"[Butler's] our leading scorer on the year, he had 26 coming into today's game. Stuart is one [of the players] that plays water polo year round and knows when to shoot and when to get the right shots. A lot of times teams recognized that and look to collapse on him.'
While Duncheskie's team gets out of GA with a win he knows his team still has some work to get to where they want to be.
"We played solid, we did make a lot of mental mistakes, however, that we're trying to correct and this has just been a season long process,' Duncheskie said.
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