The Junior Jay Varsity defeated Elkhorn South 15-8 on Thursday night at Elkhorn Middle School. The game was a battle of the undefeated teams. Prep carried a 7-0 overall record out to Elkhorn. Elkhorn South was riding their own 3-0 league record coming off a defeat of the City-wide team of Lincoln Lacrosse.
Prep scorers were led by Mark Mausbach (five goals), RJ Moffatt (four goals and 1 assist), Paul Gordon (four assists), Bob Lawton (2 goals and 1 assist), Jack Mausbach (1 goal and 2 assists), Grant Shepherd (1 goal and 1 assist), Mac Nelson (1 goal). The Junior Jay Defense was led by Mac Nelson (14 (yes 14) ground balls), Matthew Buckley (6 ground balls) Cameron Kozol (5 ground balls), Leo Dunlap (four ground balls), Tom Barrett (3 ground balls). Jack Abt was huge in net with 12 saves.
“Mac Nelson really helps us set the tone for the game with his incredible play at the face offs and ground balls. His solid play allowed us get possessions and keep up the pressure on Elkhorn South” remarked Coach Stoll.
Coach Haney mentioned “We sometimes seem to be our own worst enemy. Keeping our emotions high, but in control is a learning process. Sports can teach us how we respond to adversity and being challenged. We gave a few man-up opportunities to Elkhorn for no reason except for our big mouths. We will clean that up going forward as the team learns control. I do have to give a special call out to RJ Moffatt. He was pushed and slashed all night long and did an excellent job of keeping his composure. RJ kept his emotions under control and allowed us some extra man-up opportunities. I see his growth over the years and tonight he showed the team how to play fast and in control.”
The game ball was given to Mac Nelson for his face-offs and other grunt work to help Prep in all facets of the game tonight. We have not passed out any game balls this season, but Mac Nelson had a special night. David Spitzenberger has been working with the face-off guys and it really showed up tonight in Mac’s play. David’s injury has come at a tough time, but he has thrown his effort into teaching the younger face-off guys what he knows and work with them at practice.
The win improves Creighton Prep to 7-0 for the season and 5-0 in conference play. Next up for the Junior Jays is another tough test as the 4-0 WDM/Valley Tigers come into Leahy Stadium for a game on Sunday April 29th at 3:00pm.