Decatur Boys Continue Early Season Domination

Decatur’s Matt LeCompte works the ball in against the Bennett defense during the Seahawks’ 19-5 win on Monday. LeCompte went on run with two goals and an assist during a three-minute stretch in the second quarter.

Photo by Shawn Soper Decatur’s Matt LeCompte works the ball in against the Bennett defense during the Seahawks’ 19-5 win on Monday. LeCompte went on run with two goals and an assist during a three-minute stretch in the second quarter. Photo by Shawn Soper

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s boys’ varsity lacrosse team continued its early season domination this week, routing Bennett, 19-5, on Monday to improve to 5-0.

The Seahawks scored early and often against the Clippers and the outcome was never in doubt. Already ahead, 1-0, just a minute into the first quarter, Jake Lathroum made it 2-0 on a nice shot at the crease at the 9:50 mark in the first. Jackson Mumford then found Shane Moore open on the crease with a perfect assist and Moore converted to make it 3-0 with 7:49 remaining in the first.

The early game onslaught continued with a great extra man goal by the Seahawks. Decatur passed around with precision before Moore hit Corey Gwin open on the crease to make it 4-0 with 7:04 remaining in the first. Bennett stopped the bleeding with an extra man goal of its own with 3:18 left in the first, but the Seahawks weren’t finished yet.

Matt Lecompte scored on an isolation play to make it 5-1 with just under two minutes remaining in the first. With the clock running down, Gwin then fired a laser from the perimeter with 14 seconds left to stake the Seahawks to a 6-1 lead at the end of one quarter.

Decatur picked up where it left off in the second on a goal off the faceoff just seven seconds into the period. It was a pattern that repeated itself early in the second. Decatur won the ensuing faceoff and went right down the field to score on a nice assist from Moore to Lathroum just eight seconds later to make it 8-1. After a Bennett penalty, Mumford hit Lathroum on the crease with a perfect pass and Lathroum converted to make it 9-0 with 8:40 remaining in the second.

The rest of the period was largely the Matt LeCompte show as the big midfielder took over for a long stretch. LeCompte scored a fast break goal at the 6:42 mark to make it 10-1. LeCompte then fired a bullet from the top of the box with 5:31 remaining to make it 11-1.

In the last goal in the sequence, LeCompte fired a beautiful assist to Moore, who converted to extend the lead to 12-1. Decatur’s final goal of the half came on a long-stick clear to Moore, who found Gwin open on the crease to extend the lead to 13-1. Bennett added a late goal with just 39 seconds left in the second quarter to cut the lead to 13-2 at the intermission.

In the second half, Decatur continued to apply pressure on the Bennett defense, but called off the dogs somewhat. The Seahawks added six more goals in the second half after their 13-goal first half outbreak to close out the 19-5 win. With the win, the Seahawks improved to 5-0 on the season and continued to dominate its opponents early.

Last Wednesday, Decatur beat North Caroline, 20-1, at home. Gwin led the way with six goals and three assists, while Moore had three goals and five assists. LeCompte also had a big day, scoring four goals and adding three assists. Will Hastings turned in his usual solid performance in the net, recording seven saves. On Friday, Decatur beat Kent County, 18-4. The Seahawks have now outscored their opponents by a gaudy 97-13 through five games. They are averaging just over 19 goals a game, while giving up just under three a game.

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