The past two seasons the Caesar Rodney boys’ lacrosse squad has reached the championship game, falling short both times to Salesianum. Saturday’s 15-5 loss to Salesianum shows the Riders still have work to do if they hope to dethrone the champs this season.
The game began at a frantic pace, with both teams playing aggressive and physical. The Riders were able to match Salesianum’s energy to start the game trailing 3-2 halfway through the first. However, Salesianum, using a man-advantage scored three unanswered goals in the opening quarter to take a 6-2 lead heading into the second.
Salesianum struck for five more goals in the second while holding the Riders to just one taking a commanding lead they would not relinquish.
Sallies was led by Jason Kelly who tallied four goals in the victory, Samuel Fink scored three for Sallies, while Andrew Witherell and Bailey Martin each found the back of the net twice in the victory.
For the Riders, it’s their second loss in a row to a top team after suffering a 9-7 loss to Tower Hill on Tuesday, bringing the Riders’ record to 7-3 on the year.
Hunter Schaeffer, David Schmidt, Sean MacLeish, Austin Hayward, and Nick Gruwell all scored for the Riders in the loss Saturday.
Salesianum peppered the Rider net, keeping freshmen goalkeeper Tyler Gross on his toes sending 38 shots his way, 16 of which Gross saved.
The Riders have now lost two of their last three after a 6-0 start. Now, they find themselves in sixth place within the Henlopen Conference trailing Delmar (5-2), Polytech (6-2), Milford (6-2), Indian River (6-2), and first-place Cape Henlopen (6-2).
With just five games remaining, the Riders have little time to improve their standings and just two conference games remaining to make up ground. The Riders took on Dover on Tuesday after our press time. CR is back in action Thursday at Tatnall (3-4) before taking on Brandywine (4-3) to finish out their week on Saturday morning.