OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City High School boys lacrosse team used an early lead Monday to pull away.
The Red Raiders jumped out to a five-goal lead in the first quarter and beat Oakcrest 12-3 in a Cape-Atlantic League game at Carey Stadium on a windy evening.
However, it wasn’t a perfect performance, Ocean City coach Joe La Torre said.
“I give all the credit in the world to Oakcrest,” LaTorre said. “They outworked us that entire game. The score may not reflect that, but I was truly disappointed in the effort that we gave a vast majority of the game.”
Ocean City (6-2) is ranked ninth in The Press Elite 11. Oakcrest dropped to 5-2.
Marty Cattie led Ocean City with four goals and three assists. Anthony Inserra had three goals and four assists, and Chris Raniszewski added three goals. Charlie Dahl made five saves.
“On offense, we came out in the first quarter with a (5-0) lead and kept going,” said Cattie, a 17-year-old junior from Ocean City.
The game came down to fundamentals and communication, Oakcrest coach Brett Hoffecker said.
Multiple times, Oakcrest had good possessions going, but something as simple as dropping a pass or not being able to hold onto a ball ended the Falcons’ scoring chances.
“We never got comfortable with the ball to start off, and then it was just the cuts, (and) the motion offense didn’t click,” Hoffecker said. “I give them (Oakcrest) credit. We gave 100 percent. We wanted it, but it was just unfortunate that we weren’t in the right spots at the right time.”
Ocean City jumped out to a 1-0 lead 2 minutes, 55 seconds into the game when Joe Lloyd Scored on an assist from Cattie.
Christian Kuhn got Ocean City’s next goal a minute later, and Cattie scored the next two goals to make it 4-0. Cattie’s first goal came off of a bad bounce following a nice save by Oakcrest goalie John Liberty.
“We’re lucky to have depth for the first time in this program’s history,” LaTorre said. “We really never had more than three midfielders that could play offense. When someone got injured, the next guy in was not keeping the level up. This year, we have depth in all offensive positions.”
Raniszewski capped the scoring in the quarter with 29 seconds left.
Oakcrest fought back in the second quarter, getting goals from Kevin Albright and A.J. Alleyne. But Ocean City was able to respond after each goal to hold onto a five-goal advantage heading into halftime.
In the second half, Ocean City was able to use longer possessions while containing the Falcons on theirs.
“Really, we just worked the ball around (and) looked for the extra pass,” Cattie said. “The defense just locked it down. We had to lock down two of their good players and it worked.”
Oakcrest 0 2 1 0—3
Ocean City 5 2 2 3—12
Goals—Albright (2), Alleyne OA. Cattie (4), Inserra (3), Raniszewski (3), Kuhn, Lloyd OC.
Goalies—Liberty (9) OA. Dani (3) OC.
Records—Oakcrest 5-2, Ocean City 6-2.