Lacrosse: Foran defeats Jonathan Law for city bragging rights
The Foran Lions attacked the Jonathan Law Lawmen from the opening draw and never relented, defeating their city rival, 13-0, on Saturday.
Sophomore Jonathan DePascale led the attack with six goals, while junior Drew Perani added three goals and Will Vitali and Alex Eager added two apiece for Foran.
Said Lion coach Brian Adkins:
“I thought we did a great job doing what we had to do tonight. For us to get a shutout… These guys are good. Law is much, much improved from last year so for us to come out and play like we did today I’m very happy with our kids.”
Foran controlled the tempo and possession from the outset, as Eager ripped a shot from the left of crease to make it 1-0 and Perani scored a low submarine shot from the right side of the crease to make it 2-0.
DePascale then joined the party when Eager won the faceoff and sent a pass to Perani, who found DePascale open left of the net for the game’s third goal.
David McLenithan won the next draw and sent it to Perani, who faked high and shot low for his second tally making it 4-0.
Minutes later, Eager found DePascale cutting to the net for the low goal to continue the scoring flurry.
Perani scored his third of the game when Eager found him open on the right of the net to give the Lions a 6-0 lead in the first quarter.
The Lions continued their attack when McLenithan found Vitelli at the left of the crease, where he ripped a shot for the seventh score of the game.
“That’s their job as attack men,” Adkins said. “Jonathan (DePascale) did a great job finishing.
“Law runs a zone so our game plan was to get it in Drew (Perani)’s stick, let him drive, let him make decisions, and find guys. He was able to finish a couple times, he was able to find Jonathan and able to find some other guys.”
After seven goals in the first quarter, the Lions scored six more in the second period.
Vitelli got things started with a score off the rebound of Paul Mirmina’s shot to make it 8-0.
Perani then found DePascale for a submarine shot to make it 9-0 in favor of the Lions.
Law continued to struggle with Foran’s unrelenting attack, and didn’t help themselves by committing penalties in an effort to stop the Lions.
“They clearly have the older group of kids,” Law coach Mike Forget said. “The meat of our group of kids is ninth grade and tenth graders, so they have the majority of the juniors and seniors, in a couple years we’ll look to turn the tide.
“By not establishing an offense and playing the majority on defense tired our guys out.”
There was no stopping Foran, as DePascale tacked on another on a low-scoop goal in front of the crease to make it 10-0.
DePascale then got his second and third in a row, and sixth of the game, on two submarine shots from seven and 10 yards out respectively, to give Foran a comfortable 12-0 lead.
Eager put the icing on the cake when he scored a bounce shot goal from about 15 yards away to make it 13-0, before the half.
In the second half, Foran eased off the throttle, allowing Law to take shots at net , where goalkeeper Zach White stood his ground against the Lawmen and posted a shutout. Dylan Lucas had seven saves for Law.
Will Vitelli scored three goals for Foran High when the Lions opened the program’s first varsity game with a 14-8 victory over West Haven on April 3.
Zach White scored three goals and had an assist. Josh Teller made 13 saves in net.
Drew Perani, David McLenithan and Jonathan DePascale scored two goals each.
Paul Mirmina, who had four assists, and Alex Eager, two assists, finished off the scoring.
Perani had two assists and DePascale one.
Foran lost 10-6, to West Haven on April 11.
Vitelli scored two goals, while DePascale, McLenithan, Mirmina and Ben Lavallee had one each.
DePascale had two assists, and Perani and Eager had one each. White had 15 saves.
Jason Mullenix and Dylan Hallett scored three goals each when Jonathan Law began its first varsity season as a program with an 11-3 victory over Amistad Academy of New Haven on April 3.
Dylan Lucas had three saves in net for the Lawmen.
Brady Dennigan, Eric Knudsen, Tyler Cavallaro, David Patrick and Jason Savisky had one goal each.
Dennigan had two assists, while Hallett, and Knudsen had one each.