Chesapeake fights back, trims Philadelphia, 20-16 Radebaugh, Gary Gait lift team to club Final Four

June 17, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Sean Radebaugh's four goals and three assists and Gary Gait's three goals and four assists helped lead the Chesapeake-Toyota Lacrosse Club to a come-from-behind, 20-16 victory over the Philadelphia Lacrosse Club in yesterday's U.S. Club Lacrosse Association South Division Championship at Loyola College.

Team Toyota (18-1) advances to next weekend's Final Four at Cabrini College near Philadelphia, where it will face off against the winner of yesterday's matchup between the Yankee Division Champion Brine Outlaws and the Metro Division runner-up North Hampstead Lacrosse Club.

Chesapeake jumped to a 4-1 lead in the first quarter and led 9-5 late in the second quarter after Tom Marecheck picked off a clearing pass from Philadelphia goalie Jed Salter and finished it from point-blank range.

Philadelphia, which lost two regular-season games to Team Toyota, looked as if it might break the streak when it scored six straight goals in the third to take a 13-10 lead.

Toyota cut the lead to 14-13 when Gary Gait fed brother Paul with 43 seconds left in the third.

"I think that was the first time we were down by three goals in the second half all season and it was kind of panicky, but we have some older veterans on our team and they got everyone together and we played harder and things started to click," said Radebaugh, an attackman out of Salisbury State.

"We pulled away in the fourth quarter like we did the first two times we played them."

"We lost our composure a little in the third quarter and we weren't valuing every possession," said Team Toyota coach Dan Llewellyn. "Quint Kessenich [19 saves] came up huge in the fourth quarter, our defense slid beautifully across the crease and put bodies on theirs. It was a whole team effort."

Pub Date: 6/17/96

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