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Seattle Prep vs Lakeside - Game Recap

The Lakeside Lions continue to show their offensive prowess as they move to 2-0 in the Metro conference after their 14-5 victory over the Seattle Prep Panthers on Monday at Lakeside High School. Story by Michael Thornbloom.

Another great performance by offensive coordinator Ben Resnick’s offense who put up their second straight 10 plus goal conference game. The Lions started off hot with 4 goals in the first quarter and didn’t take their foot off the gas in the second. Before the half was ended they had 10 goals to Seattle Prep’s 2, and the Panthers were never able to catch a break. The struggle was real for this team accumulating five 1-minute penalties in the second quarter as they watched their rivals run all over them.

The Panthers defense stepped up some in the second half but the Lion’s lead was so large that their offense was never able to bring anything together as the game dwindled down to a 14-5 loss. This was Seattle Prep’s first real challenge of the year after facing Kennedy Catholic and former 1A/2A team, Seattle Academy at the beginning of this season. The Lions out shot them with 25 shots-on-goals to the Panther’s 11 shots-on-goal, while simultaneously shutting down any offensive play with the help of breakout sophomore goalie Elliott Frink who saved 6-of-11 shots for a 0.545 save percentage.

“The offense trusts each other, this is one of the few teams I’ve had where I have four guys that like to go to the cage instead of one or two, so you really can’t defend against that.” said Lakeside Head Coach Chris Hartley. This game was a testament to this statement with three of his players accounting for 12-of-14 of their goals. Senior midfielder Will Cero (5g), junior midfielder Jake Johnson (4g, 2a) and junior attackman Charlie Hipps (3g, 1a) are becoming a dangerous trio for any defense to deal with.

Goals are great but Hartley’s pride currently lives in Lakeside’s face-off player, senior midfielder Bryce Kelly, who played a big part in their offensive success during this game. “I just said to the boys it’s hard to score when you never have the ball in your stick and Bryce always made sure we always had the ball in our stick.” said Hartley. With two big conference wins the confidence is rising in this new Lion’s team. Hartley is a strong advocate in a team mentality and preaches it to his boys every day with the motto “we do this together” and to always do your best so when mistakes happen, it’ll never be from a lack of effort.

Lakeside moves to (2-0) as they’re quickly looking like championship contenders but one challenge still remains, the O’Dea Fighting Irish. The Lions have their next game at Blanchet High School this coming Friday and a non-league game against Nathan Hale before they gear up for O’Dea (1-0). Seattle Prep, now at (2-1) will have their grudge match against O’Dea on Thursday and they’ll need to scrap this game and get back in the locker room to get their heads back to what they do best, winning.

Story by Michael Thornbloom

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