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High School Lacrosse:
Winslow Township Defeats Washington Township in Overtime

Monday, April 24, 2006

By Clark Washington
SJSports Special Correspondent

No lead was safe and both teams had players with the ability of creating ways of scoring. That's the way this boys' lacrosse game could be described between Winslow Township traveling to Washington Township participating in an inter Olympic Conference game. The Minutemen would maintain a slight edge over visiting Winslow Township during the first half, but the momentum slightly again would switch over to the side of the Eagles. This game eventually would have to be decided in overtime where Winslow Township would pick up the 12-11 victory. Keenan Andersen netted seven goals and had five assists in this game for the Eagles.

Right at the beginning of this game, the Eagles were out to prove that they would be able to keep up with the Minutemen's high powered offense. A 2-1 lead by Winslow Township would quickly disappear when Tom Verchio scored back to back goals giving the Minutemen a 3-2 lead after the first quarter was completed. Washington Township would build their largest lead of the first half during the early moments of the second quarter 4-2, but Matt Kruszewski and Andersen tied this game up with just over nine minutes remaining in the half. Andersen would score two more goals during the quarter which both were game tying goals. The Minutemen would lead at the break when Kevin Smith’s goal give his team the 7-6 lead.

During the opening moments of the second half, both teams would make their adjustment and it would show on the scoreboard. A total of just four shots found its way into the net and this time the results would be in favor of Winslow Township as they lead 9-8 heading into the fourth quarter. Both defenses kept up with the theme of playing a tight defense especially against Andersen who was doubled and sometimes working through triple coverage. With that much attention on one player, the Eagles were able to come up with the winning goal in overtime and defeat the Minutemen.

Photos by Art Redd

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