Boys lacrosse: Foran Lions need one more win

Foran High’s boys lacrosse team dropped a 12-5 decision to host Masuk of Monroe in a non-conference battle on a damp Saturday morning.

With the loss, the Lions fell to 6-8 and in need of one win in its final two games to qualify for the state playoffs.

The Panthers, of the South-West Conference, improved to 10-5.

The Lions had goals from Matt Davidson, Will Mauro, Zac Cleary, Will DeBiase and Ryan DeMarco. Will Mauro had an assist.

Masuk led 7-3 at halftime. It was 6-1 Panthers late in the first half when the Lions picked up two of the next three net-finders during a flurry of scoring in the final 1:18 before the half.

After DeMarco scored, Masuk’s Stephen Murphy netted one of his game-high five tallies, with 35 seconds left before the intermission.

DeBiase answered with six seconds left.

The Lions weren’t able to carry over any of that momentum into the second half, as the Panthers built a 10-3 lead and held Foran without another goal until Davidson cashed in on a centering feed from Will Mauro with 2:08 to play in the third.

It was 10-4 Masuk heading to the fourth.

Foran goaltender Sean O’Connor made 13 saves.

Masuk netminder Chris Tilotson stopped eight shots, and Masuk’s T.J. Scalia stopped one shot in the final quarter.

Cleary, Teddy Mauro and Max Tavitian all had four ground ball scoops for the Lions.

Masuk faceoff specialist Josh Bennett won eight of 12 draws in the first half, and counterpart Teddy Mauro won half of the draws in the second half.

“I thought he battled back well. He had a much better second half,” Foran coach Brian Adkins said. “This is obviously a good team we faced today in Masuk and we had some lapses on defense. We’ve got to clear the ball a lot better.”

Masuk’s defense worked hard to break up several Foran possessions, but Atkins thinks his team needs to improve on getting open for passes.

“We have to do a better job moving off ball,” the coach said.

Adkins is hopeful that his team gets into the state playoffs and believes games such as this one stand to better prepare his squad for the postseason.

“We don’t want to play soft schools and, come playoff time, not be ready to compete with some of the better teams,” Adkins said.

Just being in postseason contention is a nice accomplishment for the Lions, who got off to a slow start but won five of six games before losing 11-7 to Berlin on Wednesday.

“Coming from where we started — we were 1-5 — we’ve come a long way,” Adkins said.

After visiting Branford on Monday, the Lions host Wilbur Cross on Wednesday to close out the regular season.

The Branford game has special meaning for Adkins who started the program and coached there for several years.