S. Carroll finds way around Poly defense Six-goal third leads to 13-7 win Boys lacrosse

May 15, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Once the South Carroll Cavaliers discovered it was easier to go around instead of through a rugged Poly defense yesterday, their regional lacrosse game never was close again.

South Carroll used its superior stickwork and passing to burn Poly for six straight goals in the third quarter on the way to a 13-7 victory over the Engineers in an opening-round game in the state Class 4A-3A, Region I lacrosse playoffs at Poly.

The fourth seed Cavaliers, winners of nine straight games, will meet third seed Centennial Tuesday at Centennial in the 4A-3A, Region I championship game.

Centennial blitzed second seed Northwestern, 19-2, in the other opening-round game at Poly yesterday.

It was the first appearance for top seed Poly and Northwestern in the state lacrosse tournament and it turned out to be a rude introduction for the two city schools.

The Engineers (10-3) tried to make up for a lack of finesse with a physical brand of lacrosse and it worked for the first half.

South Carroll (12-1) was clinging to a 5-4 lead at halftime, prompting Cavaliers coach Gene Brown to give his team a stern lecture during a 10-minute break.

"Coach Brown gave us an inspirational speech at halftime," said senior South Carroll attackman Donny Pyles who had four goals and two assists to lead the winners. "He told us to step up our game or we wouldn't be around much longer."

Pyles scored two goals and junior attackman Adam Whittington had three goals in the 6-0 third-quarter run that pushed the Cavaliers ahead 11-4.

The South Carroll assault would have piled up more goals if it had not been for some spectacular goaltending by Poly senior Jeff Renner.

Renner made several point-blank saves in the second and third quarters and finished with 20 saves.

"Jeff kept us in the game," said Poly coach Augie Waibel, 36-year city schools veteran who is to retire from teaching this year. "Our defense played well in the second quarter, but they have an outstanding program with a lot of good athletes."

Waibel will continue to coach lacrosse and football at Poly.

Brad Blizzard and Tom Luster each had two goals for South Carroll whose only loss this season came to Centennial, 14-6.

The Cavaliers also lost to Centennial last season in the opening round of the regional playoffs.

"We're a better team now than when we lost to Centennial earlier in the season," said Pyles.

Brown knows his Cavaliers will be in for a tough game against the Eagles.

"Centennial is tough and we're going to have to play a super game to win," said Brown.

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