LOWER GWYNEDD — Three weeks ago, the Plymouth Whitemarsh High boys lacrosse team lost to Wissahickon by 13 goals.
So expectations were not through the roof when the Colonials visited the Trojans Friday night in a contest played in a near-constant downpour.
But PW surprised its hosts and maybe itself by hanging around and were actually within two goals in the game's final 6:40.
The Trojans would prevail, 9-5, as Brooks Melvin notched four goals and an assist. But the Colonials were able to walk away wet, but happy.
"I'm not disappointed at all,' said Colonials head coach Phil Chang. "That's a skilled team over there. And I think this shows our guys just how much we've improved.'
Not looking to get into a track meet with the speed-happy Trojans, PW slowed the pace both offensively and defensively, using a settled offense and a zone defense.
And the ploy worked, keeping the Colonials in the game until the closing minutes.
"Phil does a great job preparing his team,' said Trojans head coach Tom Walsh. "They slowed things down, but I think we were tougher on groundballs.
"And when our offense got in a flow, we were able to get goals we needed.'
Melvin put the Trojans on the board less than a minute into the game. But instead of sagging as they did in the first game between the two teams, Austin Betterly tied for the visitors at the 6:52 mark.
Melvin got Wissahickon back on top in the final minute of the first period. But again, the Colonials knotted the score, courtesy of Pat McGrath early in the second.
The Trojans finished the half strongly, scoring three times in the span of 2:04, to carry a three-goal edge into the break.
But like the rain, PW just wouldn't go away.
The Colonials pulled within 6-4 by the end of the third as Ed Gruchacz (a man-up) and Alex DeCarlo sandwiched goals around a Trojans tally by Zach Scannapieco, and stayed within two when DeCarlo countered Luke Gomez's early fourth-quarter goal with a man-up goal at 9:40.
But it would be the Trojans that got the game's final two scores to put it away.
With the victory the Trojans remained in second place behind Upper Dublin in the Suburban One League American Conference standings.
"We're comfortable to remain there,' Walsh said, "and we're looking forward to the playoffs.'
PW likely won't see the postseason, but Chang is hoping to see further improvement as the year winds down.
"I think we're going in the right direction,' he said.
LAX FACTS: PW outshot Wissahickon, 26-21, a fact helped along by eight Trojans penalties. ... Trojans goaltender Jack Myers finished with eight saves, while PW's Riley White made six stops.