Forest Park handles Northwestern, 6-2

March 26, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

Forest Park lacrosse coach Obie Barnes was wary of yesterday's opponent, Northwestern, considering several of his players had friends on the Wildcats' squad.

But his Foresters' 6-2 City-Wide League victory at Northwestern resembled anything but a friendly rivalry.

The books show there were only 11 penalties, but there easily might have been more considering the constant sounds of helmets, lacrosse sticks and shoulder pads colliding.

"They knew a lot about us and we knew they could run with us, so this was the type of game we expected," said Barnes, whose Foresters handled Carver, 19-3, in their season opener.

Forest Park's players dedicated the game to former Foresters' football player Tonnka Bryant, a 1993 graduate who was killed in an alleged robbery Monday night, said Barnes, who added Bryant's funeral is scheduled for this morning.

The Wildcats (1-1) were coming off a 7-3 win over City, last year's 4A-2A league tri-champ with Poly and Forest Park (2-0).

Forest Park's second-team All-City midfielder James Heath (seven goals, five assists) was all over the field, delivering crunching hits and snagging 10 of his 15 ground balls in the first half.

Heath keyed the Foresters' 9-4 advantage in faceoffs, winning six of them -- including all five in the second half. Heath also scored once and assisted teammate Dave Medlin.

Medlin -- who assisted on Heath's goal for a 5-2 fourth-period lead -- was equally merciless.

As Dave Medlin Sr. watched from the sidelines, Dave Jr. and his teammates rifled 28 shots at Dave's younger brother, freshman keeper Daryl Medlin (13 saves).

Forest Park's Jamaine Dickerson (15 saves) handled the bulk of Northwestern's 21 shots.

"Most of Dickerson's saves were within 10 yards of him," said Barnes. "At times, our defense broke down."

Northwestern's Sadique Allison, who scored 10 goals and had 10 assists last year, capitalized on a defensive breakdown four minutes into the game, feeding Derrick LeSane for a 1-0 lead before Heath sparked the Foresters.

Standing deep in his own territory, Heath arched a pass over the Wildcats' midfield to Sean Markley (seven goals, two assists) on the right of Daryl Medlin.

Two steps later, Markley's cross-field pass to Dathan Jones caught Daryl Medlin out of position for a point-blank shot and the tying goal.

Jones, who had 11 goals and 17 assists last year, put his team ahead permanently on an unassisted goal.

Jones' second tally came 1:30 before a second quarter in which Dave Medlin and Markley tallied on separate man-up situations for a 4-1 halftime lead.

The Wildcats, who scored four times in the fourth period against City and its second-team All-City midfielder Seth Murphy, scored just once more when Allison made it 4-2 with 7:38 left in the game.

After Medlin fed Heath with 7:12 left, Keith Fatherly's fifth goal of the year with 1:14 remaining was the last of the game for Forest Park.

"You've got to give it to their midfield," said Daryl Medlin. "Ours didn't play that well -- we just gave them too much."

The Foresters scored on just two of six extra-man opportunities, the Wildcats failed on all five of theirs -- thanks to the hard checks of midfielder Eddie Wood and returning defensemen Ramadan Yasin, Lionel Yewitt and Corey Hill.

"There's no doubt we lost control of the game, but our goalie and our defense kept us in it," said Heath. "Northwestern's goalie and their defense did a good job on us, too."

Indeed, as Forest Park failed on all three man-up situations in the third period.

"As much as we were on defense, we didn't give up much," said Northwestern coach John Baumann.

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