BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s boys’ varsity lacrosse team lost its latest battle with increasing rival Kent Island this week, falling to the Buccaneers, 13-8, in the state Class 3A-East region semifinals.
The Seahawks have battled Kent Island in several significant games over the last couple of years, but the Buccaneers earned the upper hand at least for another year this week with a 13-8 win over Decatur at home in the region semifinals. The Seahawks entered the 3A-East region tourney as the number-two seed and earned a first round bye.
Decatur cruised past third-seeded Easton, 19-5, last Friday to advance to the region semifinals and a date with top-seeded Kent Island. Against Easton, Andrew Ternahan led the Seahawks with six goals and four assists, while Corey Gwin scored four goals and dished out three assists. The Seahawks led 13-3 at the half and never looked back on their way to the 19-5 win.
The win set up another rematch with Kent Island on the road on Monday. Last year, Decatur beat Kent Island, 10-9, in the Bayside Conference championship game, but the Buccaneers beat the Seahawks, 10-7, in the regular season matchup back on March 26. The two teams were scheduled to face each other again last week in the Bayside Conference championship, but bad weather forced the cancellation of the game and the Seahawks and Buccaneers were declared co-champions of the Bayside Conference for 2013.
However, when the state playoff brackets were released last week, it became apparent the two budding rivals were on a collision course for yet another rematch. After Decatur dispensed with Easton last Friday and Kent Island cruised past Queen Anne’s, the two teams met again on Monday and Kent Island won the game, 13-8, to advance to the 3A-East title game against Patuxent.