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Dallas Jesuit 9 St. Marks 5

03/21/2013, 10:30am CDT
By Editor

Rangers keep rolling.

Starting Line-up 2013

Senior attackman Zach Coker led all scorers with four goals in the Dallas Jesuit Rangers 9-5 victory against the St. Marks Lions Wednesday evening in a highly anticipated, Texas High School Lacrosse League matchup between two programs that sit atop the North District hierarchy.

Also contributing for the Rangers, senior midfielder Carson Buell registered two goals, while juniors Lee Belland and Jason Myers each added one to their credit as well.  Rounding out the scoring was sophomore midfielder Gavin McClure who added a tally of his own.

The Jesuit vs. St. Marks rivalry is storied as the bulk of these players have been competing against each other since middle school.  Wednesday night, we witnessed another chapter as Jesuit reaffirmed their #1 State Ranking.  While Jesuit has been impervious to this point in Texas play, the Lions definitely kept it close.

For St. Marks, senior midfielder Danny Koudelka, who tallied two goals and one assist, led the offensive production, while fellow senior Andrew Graffy also scored two goals of his own.  The final St. Marks goal was registered by none other than sophomore midfielder Jack O’Neill.  Kudos!

Without a plan, there is no attack.

Zach Coker scored on the end of this tremendous individual effort.

Face-off wins were tough to come by for St. Marks.

The game was led from start to finish by Jesuit as the scoring started early.  The Rangers were hot out of the gates with an explosive 1st quarter leading 4-2 at the end of the 1st, 6-3 at the half, and 8-3 entering the final quarter.

Wednesday night’s contest started with intrigue as sophomore keeper Connor Mullen got the start for Lions.  Mullen sits right near the top as far as keepers go in the class of 2015.  There is no doubt that he can compete at a high level.  Unfortunately for him, the Rangers pretty much shot the lights out in the 1st quarter converting on many of their on-goal opportunities.  Mullen hung in there as Jesuit amassed possession time and shooting opportunities.  To his credit, he made several tough body saves in tight to limit the damage to six, first half tallies.

For Jesuit, the game was a function of possession.  Sam Rosengarden was absolutely dominant at the X and may be one of the Rangers' most important assets.  That is saying a lot for a team with as many positives as Jesuit.  St. Marks attempted every adjustment possible (double poling the wing, letting Bear face, conceding the face and trying to make it a ground ball battle),but Rosengarden was up to the task.  Tough to keep stats on face-offs in addition to tweeting, noting, and photoing, but Rosengarden may have only lost 3 possessions.  Make it, take it lacrosse is tough, especially with how well the Rangers possess.  Rosengarden was definitely on his game.

For St. Marks to win, they were going to need an offensive outpouring by several seniors, and some other contributors to help along the way.  Danny Koudelka and Andrew Graffy supplied the firepower early on.  Koudelka got the Lions in it and finished early, which was greatly appreciated by Lions fans at Norma and Lamar Hunt Family Stadium.  The score was actually tightened up to 4-3 in the 2nd.  That is when the Rangers offense really got started.  Zach Coker had a dominant outing registering the subsequent two goals, distancing the Rangers and supplying a 6-3 lead entering going into the half.  Coker is an imposing force due to size and stature and really gave Goldstein everything he could handle.

In the 2nd half, St. Marks made the switch back to senior Chris Roach, who immediately made an impact making several saves early in the quarter.  Jesuit dominated St. Marks coming out of the half in terms of possession and shots on cage outscoring the Lion’s 2-0 in the 3rd, but, to Roach’s credit, he kept the Lions in it.  Other than Morris, there are few goalies who coordinate their defense as well as Roach.  You can hear him in the stands, truly the litmus test of a great communicator.  The Lions were only outscored 3-2 in the 2nd half, impressive considering the depth of the Rangers roster.

Sophomore Connor Mullen got the start for St. Marks.

Rosengarden dominating. Let's try the Bear adjustment.

DK got the Lions going. *Special Note: We reported Evan Chang Tung is a captain yesterday. He is not. He is, however, a Boss!

Chris Roach was great in the 2nd half.

4 goals = Man of the Match = Zach Coker.

In summation, it was a great contest and showed that St. Marks can certainly compete with Jesuit.  As the Lions squad continues to round into form, they will sharpen up on offense as the defense continues to be their foundation.  This rematch later on in the playoffs could definitely be exciting.  Now, all attention turns to Highlander Stadium as the Scots take on ESD tonight in another North District clash.  Of course, we’ll have you covered with more of the StickStar Report 2013.  Follow us on INSTAGRAM @StickStarLax.  Our social media game is strong.  Dial it in!  On Twitter, you can find us @StickStarLax, @StickStarATX, and @StickStarSwag.  Finally, StickStar gear is making its way to the shelves of your local Tyler’s shop, so please check it out.  We’ll let you know when it drops!

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