Caesar Rodney boys earn fifth lacrosse win in a row

Sean Wooleyhand

CAMDEN – Following a rocky start to the season, the Caesar Rodney High boys’ lacrosse program has started to hit its stride as of late.

Behind a game-high four goals from junior midfielder Sean Wooleyhand, the Riders defeated Henlopen North foe Smyrna High, 14-3, Wednesday night to grab its fifth consecutive victory.

“My teammates were finding me in good spots and I was just sticking the ball,” said Wooleyhand. “It’s not really all on me, I’m not really scoring a lot of unassisted goals. I can’t do it without my teammates.”

Eight different players scored goals for the Riders (6-3).

Zach Davis, James Love and James Cava each scored two goals, while Tyler Morris, Kendall Smith, Evan McCleary and Ryan Carey contributed one each.

“It really feels good to have a lot of guys contributing,” said Wooleyhand. “It’s good to see guys are growing, developing their game and getting more comfortable. It’s showing, we’re really producing now.”

“Sean’s the leader of the offense, he makes everything work and we’re fortunate to have guys around him who are able to help him out because we can’t just be a one-trick pony,” said CR coach Brooks Johnson.

Senior goalkeeper Jacob Stant registered eight saves and posted his fifth game with three or fewer goals allowed.

“It’s always nice when I have a good game played in front of me by my defense, so I don’t have to see as many shots,” said Stant. “Overall I just think they did really well tonight.”

“We had a great game plan going in, we executed it well and Jake does a great job for us day-in and day-out in front of the cage,” said Johnson.

Alexander Calderon, Jason Zeitler and Jason Kaiser were responsible for the three goals for the Eagles (8-2).

Wooleyhand used a first quarter hat trick to put CR ahead 4-1 through the first 12 minutes of the contest.

Three second quarter goals from Smith, Love and Davis handed the Riders a 7-1 halftime advantage.

Love extended the lead just 38 seconds into the second half as the Riders outscored the Eagles, 7-2 in the second half to close out the team’s fifth double-digit win of the season.

The Riders faced a bit of early-season adversity, dropping three of its first four games of the season to out-of-state opponents.

“I think we just had to figure out who we are,” said Johnson. “Facing adversity early in the year was good for us. We stuck to what we do, we got better at it and it’s starting to pay dividends.”

After weathering the storm, the Riders have outscored opponents 73-18 over the last five games and has a perfect 4-0 record against Northern Division opponents.

“The beginning of the season was tough,” said Stant. “We couldn’t pass and throw very well, but as the season has gone on, and we’ve gotten more and more practices and games under our belt, we can move the ball really well and it shows in how much more offense we have.”

Reach staff writer Ben Heck at bheck@newszap.com

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