Lake lacrosse downs Smyrna, readies for Tech in playoffs

FELTON – The Lake Forest boys’ lacrosse team knew it was headed to the postseason.

What the Spartans didn’t know last Wednesday when they hosted nonconference Smyrna in their regular season finale was whether or not it would be their final home game of the spring.

So they laid it all out there against the visiting Eagles. And the end result was a 22-10 victory.

“The whole week we were fired up to play this team going into the playoffs,” said senior Dawaunta Parker, who finished with six goals in the win. “We wanted this one a lot.

After dispatching Smyrna, Lake Forest has turned its attention to Tuesday's state tournament game against Sussex Tech. (The Journal/Jeff Mitchell)

After dispatching Smyrna, Lake Forest has turned its attention to Tuesday’s state tournament game against Sussex Tech. (The Journal/Jeff Mitchell)

“It’s my first time scoring six,” added Parker, who began playing the sport last season.

Lake, which finished the regular season 11-4, did get another home game. It will come in the playoffs as the No. 8 seed against No. 9 Sussex Tech, Tuesday, 7 p.m. If the Spartans win, they will play either No. 1 Salesianum or No. 16 Dover on Saturday.

Another reason the Spartans wanted to take care of business versus Smyrna had to do with Sussex Tech as well. One game prior to the bout with the Eagles, Lake dropped an overtime contest 18-17 to the Ravens.

“Everyone was really upset about an overtime loss, which you should be,” head coach Brandon Savage said. “They were just ready to get back out on the field and get back after it. What better night to do that than on senior night?”

Versus the Eagles, it was the seniors who led the way. Parker helped the team build an 11-5 lead by halftime and senior Austen Aguilar took over in the second half when he scored several of his game-high seven goals.

Another senior, Ben Moore, scored five times in the match.

“They’ve (the seniors) put Lake Forest lacrosse on the map,” Savage said. “Last year, 8-6, yeah… But this year they knew they had the opportunity to make the playoffs. And I couldn’t ask them to do any more than they have.”

Well, maybe a little more. Now that the Spartans are in the tournament, it would be nice to win the program’s first postseason game.

Parker, for one, is anxious for the opportunity.

“We’ll practice hard, work hard and just come out and punch whoever we play in the mouth,” he said. “I’m ready.”

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