BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ—The Gov. Livingston Boys Lacrosse team fell short to the Scotch Plains Raiders on Thursday, 16-4 , on their home turf.
A quick momentum was captured by the Raiders as they won the first draw, allowing for a strong offense right off the bat. Their early efforts, however, were stifled by GL goalie Manoli Kanellos ’16, who consistently held off Raider scoring attempts.
The first of Scotch Plains’ scores came from Robert Gordon, who chipped in the first of his four goals on the day. A valiant effort by the Highlander defense worked to turn the tide of the early Raider momentum, but three more goals would put Scotch Plains ahead 4-0 with one minute left in the first.
GL junior Turner Haddad assisted in a watershed of events, as he took the ball down the field after the draw and connected with the back of the net. Haddad’s goal was the first of GL’s points on the day, making the score 4-1 with 40 seconds left in the first. A clutch save by Kanellos added to the turning of events, preventing another Raider score just before the end of the quarter.
Although the Highlanders held a clear intensity going into the second, Scotch Plains was able to keep a gap between the teams. The fifth Raider score would create a larger deficit for the Highlanders only a minute into the second quarter.
Gov. Livingston quickly answered Scotch Plains’ goal as senior captain Anthony Wong cut through the Scotch Plains defense to put another point on the board for the Highlanders. Six seconds later, however, the Raiders seemingly put the game to rest as they responded with a goal of their own.
Four more points were added to the board for Scotch Plains by halftime, leaving the Raiders up 9-2 at half.
Even more Highlander intensity and drive showed the desire for a comeback, but the GL squad fell short in its attempts. Five more Raider scores led to a 14-2 lead with 17 seconds left in the third.
The last quarter allowed for two scores on part of both teams, as junior Will Nicholson and senior Nick Creevy each added to the Gov. Livingston energy. Though a persistent effort, the Highlanders came out defeated, 16-4.
Goalie Manoli Kanellos, who recorded 15 saves on the day, discussed the improvements that can be made to further enhance the team’s play.
“Offensively and defensively, we just need to limit our mental errors,” Kanellos said, “There are many instances on both sides of the field where we make the wrong choice or decision, and as a result, it ends up as a goal or turnover, which holds us back.”
Kanellos was quick to credit the Scotch Plains team and their efforts as well as compliment GL’s improvement as a team overall.
“Scotch-Plains is a very talented team, and they put our team into many tough situations throughout the game. We can only give credit where credit is due,” Kanellos said, “As for us, the motto for this team has been ‘one day at a time’ and I do believe that we have improved tremendously throughout the season. The goal is to just keep improving."
Editor's Note: Lauren Boyd is a junior at Gov. Livingston High School who particiaptes in the TAP into Student Intern Program. To learn more about the program contact firstname.lastname@example.org.