LAKE ZURICH — Cary-Grove lacrosse coach Dylan Weber was voted Most Valuable Player in 2007 as a senior at Lake Zurich.
But on Monday, Weber found himself coaching against the team he played for when he fell in love with the game, trying to find a hole in his former team's defense as his Trojans were trying to find some late goals to defeat the top team in the state in the "B" division.
No such goals came as the Trojans (6-2) fell to the Bears, 6-3.
"Coming in, I knew it was going to be really low scoring," Weber said. "I knew that their defense is their strong point and I knew that we would have to score at least six goals for us to win because I knew we could hold them under 10."
The game totaled just nine goals, which is relatively low scoring for the sport.
Only twice time before Monday has C-G allowed fewer than seven goals and they had scored at least five in every game before Monday. It was evident from the start, though, that the defense would be stressed.
The Trojans limited the Bears to two goals in a traditional offensive set as four goals were scored by means of a breakaway or in a man-down situation.
The first quarter ended with the Bears up, 2-0, but when the second started, Holden Taylor rushed the net and scored his first goal for the Trojans and they headed into halftime down 2-1.
Taylor was at it again in the third as he scored his second goal to bring his team within one again.
It got interesting in the fourth quarter as Taylor scored his third goal to tie the score at 3-3. He got the ball on the far edge of the field and rushed the net and was able to score despite three defenders shoving and hacking at him.
"It was good we had some good shots but really disappointing to come up short," Taylor said. "Both defenses were going really hard and we knew that their defense was really good coming in and we stepped up and made sure ours was good too."
With the game tied late, the Trojans had a couple opportunities to take their first lead but couldn't convert and ended up allowing three quick goals at the end of the fourth to ice the game.
"We are the fifth-ranked team (in the state) now and it's a good game because the kids know what kind of skill they have against a team like this," Weber said. "It's a tough one to swallow but it's definitely not a bad game."