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High School Lacrosse:
Shawnee Hands Eastern Their First Loss

Thursday, April 27, 2006

By Clark Washington
SJSports Special Correspondent

It was a match-up that both teams had something to prove. The boys' lacrosse team from Shawnee knew that if they were going to win at Eastern High School and take on the undefeated Vikings, they would have to play smart. Eastern has demonstrated their ability in playing solid defense and counter that with a potent offense is the reason they have won eight games in a row. The Renegades would overcome a two goal halftime deficit by scoring eight unanswered goals during the second half to completely dominate this Olympic Conference competition. Mike Gersie and Mike Burns would lead the Renegades in scoring and Shawnee would post the 11-6 decision over Eastern.

Shawnee hadn't played a game since the previous week and had plenty of time to prepare for their game against the Vikings. Eastern, on the other hand, was playing their third game of the week which included a game yesterday against Lenape. Nevertheless, Eastern would strike first on a goal by Scott Higgins and then later a nice goal by Mike Seldberg. Mike Burns would score his first of four goals on the day to end the scoring after one quarter. Burns would later tie this game at three apiece but before the half would end, Jake West and Higgins would score giving Eastern a 5-3 advantage.

That must have been some halftime speech by head coach Tim Gushue for Shawnee. Wasting little time, Burns and Gersie each scored quickly and the Renegades were right back in this game tie at 5-5. But they were not done as Burns would record three of his five goals during the third quarter to break this game wide open. Higgins for Eastern finally ended Shawnee's scoring success with a goal in the fourth quarter. Shawnee was very impressive with their ability to maintain possession for majority of the second half that allowed the Renegades to increase their record to 6-2 and handing Eastern (8-1) their first loss of the season.

Photos by Art Redd

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