Boys lacrosse: Schaumburg powers past Jacobs
Make no mistake. The success that the Schaumburg Saxons' boys lacrosse team has this year will by keyed by senior Jon Sorg.
Sorg, last year's leading scorer for Schaumburg, scored 6 goals Wednesday night in a 16-4 nonconference win over Jacobs at Schaumburg's Gary Scholz Field. It was the season opener for both teams.
"Last year I was just a scorer," said Sorg. "This past season I learned how to move around defenders with spin moves and to show more finesse. This game is all about skill and toughness. I think for our first game we played well as a team. Our transition game was really good."
The Saxons (1-0) broke out to a 4-0 lead in the game's first 6 minutes, 30 seconds. Goals by Mark Dewees, Sorg, Sean Solon (3 goals, 3 assists), and Christopher Kula led the way.
Jacobs (0-1), playing in its first year in the IHSA after 12 years of club play, scored on Nate Romaso's goal with 2:12 left in the first quarter.
From that point Schaumburg went on an 8-0 run covering one and a half quarters to lead 12-1 with 6:37 left in the third quarter.
Sorg showed quick moves but still kept his wicked shot intact. Sorg scored 4 of his goals in the run.
"Sorg is going to be a big part of this team," said Saxons coach Joe Carey. "He's going to draw a lot of attention from defenders which will help the others open up our offense. We had too many unforced errors which is something we have to work on, but again, it's game one."
Andrew Bucholz scored 2 goals and Chris Kula, who played a strong game in faceoffs, tallied 1 goal as did Nick Woodworth and Cam Conroy.
Schaumburg's new defense kept Jacobs off balance forcing wide-angle shots.
"Our new defense played well," said returning goalie Lucas Dudek, who saved 12 shots. "Our defensive coach (Kyle Wagner) put a new wrinkle in for us this year. We have new positioning around the goal and good communication. Coming off of last season I feel more confident in my ability."
"We had some mistakes in our first game implementing the new defense," said Carey. "Lucas did a nice job cleaning up in front of the goal. It's the first game and we know we still have a lot to do."
All was not lost for the Golden Eagles.
Jake Skrzypinski scored 2 goals in the second half and Sebastian Bachara scored the other. Goalie Cameron Mollsen stopped 9 shots.
"This game was a good measuring stick on where we have to get to," said Jacobs coach John Bigler. "As the game went on our players became more comfortable. We're a young team and we're going to go through some growing pains. We want to play good competition like Schaumburg. They have a solid program."