The Junior Jay Varsity defeated West Des Moines/Valley Lacrosse 14-6 on Sunday afternoon at Creighton Prep’s Leahy Stadium. This was Prep’s second game in a row facing an undefeated team. Prep carried a 8-0 record into the match and WDM brought a 5-0 record over to Leahy stadium. “This is a day that was circled on the calendar as a big game. After a semi-final exit last year in the state playoffs, the team was excited to square up again with the Tigers” remarked Coach Haney.
Prep scorers were led by RJ Moffatt (5 goals and 2 assists), Jack Mausbach (4 goals), Paul Gordon (2 Goals and 2 assists), Mark Mausbach (2 Goals and 2 assists), Leo Dunlap (2 goals and 1assist), and Mac Nelson (assist). The Junior Jay Defense was led by Leo Dunlap (5 ground balls), Matthew Buckley (5 ground balls), Mac Nelson (4 ground balls), Josh Milota (4 ground balls). Goalie Jack Abt recorded 7 saves in the win. Coach Stoll mentioned “we were shooting 50% for the day. The team scored 14 goals on 29 shots. If we do a better job of getting the shots on cage, we will be a tough offense to stop”.
Coach Grosskurth added “we were silent assassins today. We held off on the unsportsmanlike penalties and had a good outcome. When you consider that Prom was the night before the game, the team rallied to play great lacrosse.”
There were so many great moments to see in the game. Everyone played a great part. “In watching the game film, I can see a lot of the little things that do not show up on the stat sheet and helped us win. Grant Shepherd set a great pick to free Jack Mausbach to score a goal. Mac Nelson and Mike Spitzenberger grinding out the face offs. Owen Watts and Tommy Barrett playing tough on the defensive end. Peter Wessling covering WDM’s best attackman and holding him to a single goal. Matthew Buckley’s defense and clears with the ball in the left hand. Josh Milota’s grab from over the top of a scrum to push a fast break. Tyler Varney being a speed bump to draw a penalty and allowing Prep to get a goal on that Man-up possession. Cameron Kozol and Ian Keyser as second line midfielders helping us keep offensive possessions. Alex Kontz’s smart play at the midfield line caused several WDM turn overs which allowed us to continue to play offense. But a special call out to Leo Dunlap. His ground balls on the stat sheet always seem too low to me. But his presence on the field is causing headaches for the opponent. His ability to get the ground ball and push up field is special. Leo’s seven goals and 2 assists this year place him at the 6th leading scorer on the team and his primary job is to play defense. What I am trying to say is that a total team effort on Sunday allowed us to win the game. Creighton Prep remains at the top of the league with three games left. We have to keep improving as we move towards the ultimate goal of the season” said a long winded Coach Haney.
The win improves Creighton Prep to 9-0 for the season and 7-0 in conference play. Next up for the Junior Jays is the City-Wide team of Lincoln Lacrosse. The game is in Lincoln at Speedway Village Wednesday May 9th at 6:00pm.