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High School Lacrosse:
Cherokee Play Their Way Past Cherry Hill East

Friday, April 15, 2005

By Clark Washington
SJSports Special Correspondent

There are different ways a coach prepares their team before each and every game of the season. When the players take the field at the start of the game, Cherokee coach T.J. Viereck had to somewhat change his philosophy a bit after a loss. The Chiefs went down in defeat to a more experienced team in Ramapo in the last game and were taking on a new boy’s lacrosse team in the Cougars from Cherry Hill East. Knowing they were the heavy favorites to win, the Chiefs worked on their passing and motion plays rather than the finesse game. With that patience and letting the game come to them, Cherokee posted early goals by Matt Dunn, Eric Olson and Kevin Sterling to win this game by a 14-1 margin.

The only way teams can be recognized as a premiere team such as Shawnee and Moorestown is simply practice. The skill level will only increase in the years to come when the execution of working the ball around the perimeter. But right now, the new players will have to work on the basics of the sport and then the physical part will come and be used at the right moments. It is so easy to be caught up in how different the girls’ game is from the boys. The full contact of the boys resembles football along with soccer. Nevertheless, it’s execution that makes this game enjoyable to watch.

Matt Dunn, Kevin Sterling, Drew McLaughlin and Eric Olson all scored during the first quarter to give the visiting Chiefs the early 4-0 lead. That's when the Cherokee began to work on their passing game which Dunn and Sterling worked to perfection. On two very nice and quick passes, the two easily catch East’s goalie leaning and deposited the ball into the back of the net. After a six goal first quarter, Cherokee would lead 10-0 at half but showed some class the rest of the way. Tim Woods would score the only for Cherry Hill East.

Photos by Art Redd

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