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The Foran High boys lacrosse team overcame an early two-goal deficit and held off Jonathan Law by an 8-5 margin at the Vito DeVito Sports Complex on Thursday.

“Coach (Mike) Forget has done a great job at Law and they jumped out of the box on us,” Foran head coach Brian Adkins said. “I called timeout (down 2-0 only 2:06 in) to settle us down.”

Foran tied the game at 2-2 after one period and took a 4-3 lead into the half on Sal Rosa’s quick-strike goal off an assist from Jonathan DePascale with only 10.4 seconds remaining in the second period.

“I liked our energy coming out,” Forget said of his Lawmen taking the lead on goals by David Patrick (at 10:26) and Brady Dennigan (at 9:54).  “Unfortunately, we were a man down too much, and hats off to Foran they took advantage.”

Trailing 2-0, the Lions drew one goal back at 6:17 when David McLenithan beat Law goalkeeper Mike Lukaric.

Lukaric, with his team a man down, made one save, but after a reset McLenithan found the back of the net a second time at the 3:35 mark of the second period.

Foran made it 5-3 off a long possession when DePascale fired a pass to Rosa open on the doorstep at 8:31 of the third.

Jake Lambert was on the receiving end of a fine passing sequence at 2:53 to make it a three-goal game.
Rob McGinnis first found DePascale, who then located Lambert cutting towards the net for the goal.

Foran’s goalkeeper Josh Teller stonewalled the Lawmen at times, and Lukaric was just as tough to beat.

“They have a very good defense,” Adkins said of his city rival. “And they have kids that can finish.”

With 18 seconds remaining in the third period, Tyler Stein scored for the Lawmen off a give-and-go pass from Austin Fratello to make it 6-4.

A quick rush off the draw found Lukaric stopping McLenithan from in front just before the horn sounded to end the period.

The Lions’ Steve Lynch had a great run from the top to score unassisted only 25 seconds into the fourth period.

Law showed off its passing skills at the 8:43 mark to get back in it at 7-5. Patrick got the goal off fine passes from Dennigan and Tom Faller, who got the assist.

Foran took little time to answer, as Rosa somehow got a shot to drop over Lukaric’s shoulder with DePascale gaining the assist.

That score came at 8:15 of the period, and Law squandered a few chances to get back within two of the lead.

“We threw the ball away a couple times, and down three every possession counts,” Forget said. “Our defense was solid. We’ll keep getting better.”