Dover hands IR lax first conference loss

Date Published: 
April 28, 2017

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior goalie Hayden McWilliams picks up a loose ball after one of his 19 saves on Saturday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior goalie Hayden McWilliams picks up a loose ball after one of his 19 saves on Saturday.Coming off a 23-3 division win over Lake Forest, the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team suffered their first conference loss of the season, falling to Dover 19-12 on Saturday, April 22.

After the Indians jumped out to a 2-0 lead with back-to-back goals from senior midfielder George “G-Mart” Martin in that game, their first game back from spring break, the Senators would rack up eight straight scores to go up 8-2 early in the second quarter.

Senior attackman Gianni Gottschalk would finally stop the bleeding after that run, finding junior attackman Wyatt Kovatch for a diving score across the crease to cut the Dover lead to 8-3, before Martin capped a first-half hat trick less than a minute later to make it 8-4.

The Indians would head into halftime down 10-5, going on to drop to 6-2 overall on the season as the Senators improved to 5-2 with the win.

Martin finished with five goals and an assist on the day, junior attackman Cole Josetti racked up four goals and an assist, Kovatch tallied three goals, and Gottschalk finished with five assists.

Senior goalkeeper Hayden McWilliams had 19 saves on the day.

Despite the loss, the Indians were still undefeated in the Henlopen South division at 2-0 headed into their Wednesday, April 26, matchup at Delmar (3-4, 1-1), played after Coastal Point press time.

Up next, they’ll head to Sussex Central (0-6, 0-3) to take on the Golden Knights on Friday, April 28, at 5:30 p.m.

Game stats:

Goals: G. Martin (5), C. Josetti (4), W. Kovatch (3)
Assists: G. Gottschalk (5), C. Josetti (1), G. Martin (1)
Saves: H. McWilliams (19)

Henlopen South standings:

Indian River (7-2, 3-0)
Milford (5-1, 2-1)
Delmar (3-5, 1-2)
Lake Forest (1-5, 0-3)

*Updated after IR's 16-14 win over Delmar on Wednesday, April 26