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Solon Lacrosse Blows Out Green 26-5 in First Playoff Contest

Comets begins title quest with convincing win over the Bulldogs

Solon senior lacrosse player Chris Humphrey clearly knows how to make a grand entrance.

Returning from a right ankle injury at the end of April, Humphrey had seven goals and one assist as the Comets reduced their opening-round playoff contest to a mere exhibition, smashing Green, 26-5, at home on Saturday.

Solon (10-4) scored more than 20 goals for the first time this season and produced its most lopsided margin of victory on the year as the Comets began play in the Ohio High School Lacrosse Association’s Division I Tournament.

Solon awaits the winner of Massillon-Jackson vs. North Canton-Hoover for a Wednesday home tilt at 7:30 p.m. Solon defeated Jackson, 16-9, on April 29, but lost to Hoover, 13-12, on April 15.

Humphrey had many other Comets accompany him in the multiple goals column as senior attacker Matt DiCarro had six, while senior Mike Perrino and junior Sean Smith had three each. Also sophomores Sam Littman and Drew Barksdale each had a pair.

Senior Cody Marcantonio had a goal and two assists, while junior Tres Barksdale also had a pair of assists. Goalie Keith LePorte had 12 saves.

Senior captain Josh Zabel had a goal and an assist for the Bulldogs (12-7).

Humphrey hurt his right ankle making a hit and it got twisted under the falling player during their 16-9 victory over Jackson.

“Before I left, my game was not totally great, and I was doing a little hot-head stuff,” Humphrey said. “After watching practice and the games, I kind of calmed myself down and kept my composure and great things happened.”

DiCarro was certainly happy to see Humphrey back in the lineup as it freed him to maneuver even more around the net for scores. With Humphrey back, Solon can further refine its chemistry.

“We all are really good on offense together because most of us have been playing together since sophomore year,” DiCarro said. “We know when each other cuts. It’s just easy to find each other.”

The Comets had to keep their composure and concentration intact against the clearly overmatched Bulldogs as they bolted out to a 19-3 halftime lead forcing a switch to a continuous clock for the second half.

Coach Hans Rydquist said the team has been looking to insert different offensive tactics in preparation for other potential matchups and to help maintain the players’ focus.

“We went into this knowing it could get out of hand that way with us going up. I told the kids we still needed to run everything at game speed up until halftime. Then we kind of put the brakes on a little bit at halftime,” he said.

Although all the happy yelps from the sidelines would tend to suggest a carefree attitude with such a huge winning edge, Rydquist said there’s serious intent underneath all the smiles.

“The score doesn’t matter. We’re playing to get better. We’re playing to benefit ourselves and move on in the playoffs,” Rydquist said.

Valley Guy May 22, 2011 at 02:41 PM
26 goals? Seriously?! Maybe there is history between Solon and Green that our coach would claim called for some payback, but letting your team run up the score on an opponent is just plain wrong. I am a coach and would never let a player go for 7 goals in a blowout. This opens a player (didnt Chris just return from injury?) to further risk. How about holding the ball, killing the clock, or pulling off a player or two? Perhaps the Solon AD needs to have a talk with coach about sportsmanship. Some day the tables will turned and Solon will be down...will Green return the "favor"?
Cubs57 May 23, 2011 at 02:03 PM
In case you didn't see the other scores, Hudson scored 20 goals, Kent Roosevelt 20 goals, Medina 18 goals, St. Ignatius 19 goals...why single out Solon? This is the playoffs and you have to keep your team focused and hungry until the final second of the game. That's what's required in order to compete for 4 full quarters . If you would have watched our game, you would have noticed that our coach rotated younger players (in all positions, including goalie) throughout the second half of the game in order to give them valuable playing time during the playoffs. FYI, Chris scored most of those goals in the 1st half of the game. You want your team peaking going into the playoffs and that is what Solon is doing! GO COMETS!!!
Valley guy May 25, 2011 at 01:28 AM
My guess is that few of those games had 20 plus goal differentials. The point is that running up the score on an opponent that is clearly outclassed shows a lack of respect for sportsmanship and fair play. There just seems to be a blind spot on this especially in lax. This year I've see a coach exhort his team to "go for one more " prior to a face off with less than 30 seconds left and the score 13 to 1 in his team's favor. In another game with the score at 14:1 the coach sent his starters back on and they quickly racked up 6 more goals. There are plenty of ways to get your team ready for a playoff run that don't involve giving your players a green light to score at will on a weak or inexperienced opponent. I am also a Solon fan, so Go Comets - Respect the Game!

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