Before Wednesday’s game, Cary-Grove boys lacrosse coach Brendan Gorman decided to add numerous JV players on his varsity roster, hoping to give each player an opportunity to play in a playoff match.
His hopes turned into a reality as the Trojans scored 10 goals in the second half and allowed every player to participate as the Trojans defeated the Lane Tech Indians 18-4 at Galway Field in the second round of the IHSLA playoffs.
“I told the leaders of our team that we need to come out strong early in the second half, so we can reward these guys for their efforts,” Gorman said.
The Indians arrived about a half an hour before the first whistle and had just fifteen minutes to warm up. This was something that Gorman wanted to take advantage of.
“I told these guys they had a long bus ride up here and they would have a short warmup,” Gorman said. “I told them we needed to come at them early in the first quarter to be effective.”
Cary-Grove didn’t waste any time as Charlie McDade (4 goals) circled around the defense and flipped a shot past Indians goalkeeper Piotr Lesniak.
The Trojans took a 2-0 lead soon afterward on Ian Houston’s first of three goals. Houston added two assists.
Lane Tech midfielder Anthony Spingola got the Indians back to a one-goal game, but that was as close as the Indians would get. The Trojans outscored the Indians, 5-1, in the first quarter and led 8-3 at halftime.
Trojans forward Alec Johnson scored twice in the first half and finished with three goals and two assists.
“We work together to get fast breaks, pass it off and slow it down,” Houston said of the team’s game plan. “We try not to rush many things because it just forces bad plays, so we needed to keep control of the ball.”
Lane Tech scored first in the second half, early in the third, but it was the Indians last goal. Cary-Grove scored nine unanswered goals third and fourth quarter combined, including a hat trick from Jake Ladewig (3 goals, 3 assists).
Other goal scorers from Cary-Grove included Cyle Czerwinski and Holden Carkner. Goalie Dylan Cost made five saves for the Trojans.
Cary-Grove will play No. 10 Bartlett in the third round on Friday.
“We started the season very good, we had our bumps in between, but I’m very confident,” Ladewig said. “We are on a bit of a winning streak and I think we can go all the way.”