LIVINGSTON, NJ - Despite firing 27 shots on goal and maintaining possession throughout a large majority of Wednesday afternoon's game in Livingston, the Lancers could not figure out the Hanover Park defense and lost a tight game by a score of 5-3.
One could tell by the first quarter that this was going to be an evenly matched and tightly played lacrosse game. Both defenses stepped up in the first 12 minutes as only one goal was scored; it was by Hanover Park as the Lancers found themselves trailing 1-0 after the first.
Austin Lui and Andrew Lesser both had opportunities to tie the game, but each player's shot from directly in front of the Hanover Park net was stopped. The Lancers gave up another goal early in the second period and they trailed in the low scoring affair, 2-0. Anthony Daloia then brought his team to within one when he received a centering pass from the right side from teammate Abe Choe. The Lancers trailed 2-1 at halftime.
The only goal of the third period came from Hanover Park as the Lancers trailed by two heading into the final period. Lesser and Mike Daloia continued to fire shots on net but the shots were either stopped or sailed wide.
The final period saw continual defensive pressure from both teams. The Lancers finally broke through to once again pull to within a goal when they took advantage of a Hanover Park turnover that led to a break away. The ball was brought up field and passed to Choe who drove toward the center of the field. He found Lesser on the weak side who buried the shot.
However, just as it appeared the Lancers had grabbed momentum and had a chance to tie the game, defensive breakdowns allowed Hanover Park to score the next two goals to grab a 5-2 edge with just over thirty seconds to play. Lesser scored the final goal of the game with 18 seconds left, but the effort was too little and too late for the Lancers.
Goaltender Josh Stone finished with seven saves for the Lancers. They will look to rebound from the loss when they play Edison High School on Saturday morning in Livingston.