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Livingston Lancers Boys Lacrosse Team Has Offensive Explosion in the Second Half as They Defeat Morris Knolls 15-3

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Austin Lui of Livingston looks to make a pass.
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Livingston's Abe Choe looks to advance the ball up field as he is challenged by a Morris Knolls defender.
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LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Livingston Lancers scored 11 goals in the second half and gave up none to Morris Knolls as they rallied from being down two midway through the second quarter to earn a 15-3 win on Wednesday afternoon in Livingston.

Coming out of the gate it did not appear as if the Lancers were ready for the opposition as they were out hustled to many ground balls and were being out cut by Morris Knolls in the first quarter. After surrendering the first goal about five minutes into the game, Anthony Daloia got the Lancers on the board when he pushed in his own rebound from in front of the Morris Knolls net. However, his team gave up one more goal in the first quarter and they trailed 2-1.

"We came out very slow and were lethargic. You can't do that. I give (Morris Knolls) credit. They came out hard and ready to play," Livingston Head Coach Patrick Krann said. "I told my guys the needed to wake up...and play four quarters of lacrosse."

The Livingston team seemed to respond in the second quarter. After giving up an early goal, they scored the next three to take a 4-3 lead into halftime. Mike Daloia scored after he intercepted a pass deep in the Morris Knolls' end. Anthony Daloia scored his second of the game off a nice centering pass from teammate John Mandi and Andrew Lesser scored with just under two seconds to play in the first half when he made a nice spin move from the left side of the net and fired the ball high on goal.

The late first half surge gained momentum for the Lancers that they rode for the rest of Wednesday's contest. They continued to bombard shots on net and maintained possession for seemingly the entire second half. Mike Daloia got things started in the third quarter for his club when scored on a centering pass about five minutes in. Tyler Dasivo and Abe Choe also added goals for the Lancers who carried a 7-3 lead into the final quarter.

"We picked it up at the end of the game when we needed to. Our ground ball picked up and we try to pride ourselves on that this year," Coach Krann said. "When we play our game and are intelligent with the ball...we're tough to beat."

The final fifteen minutes saw complete domination from the Lancers. Lesser scored five times and Mike Daloia added two as the offense did pretty much what they wanted late in the game. Defensively, the Lancers were solid, as well, and goaltender Josh Stone made three saves in the second half.

With the win the Lancers continued their winning streak as they have now won six games in a row. They will look to make it seven when they face off against Roxbury High School in Succasunna on Friday afternoon.

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