EAST GREENWICH—One game at a time.
It’s about as big of a cliché as there is in sports but for the East Greenwich boys lacrosse team it’s the only thing it can do at this point in the season.
“As long as there’s continued improvement,” EG boys lacrosse coach Brian Trapani adds as a caveat. “Are we doing things better today than we did yesterday?
“Today everyone got a good amount of playing time so the team grows in that way. We got some shots, cleared the ball after some weak clears early on…we did a good job moving the ball on offense so it’s an improvement.”
The Avengers rolled over Wheeler 16-1 Tuesday in the opener of a lacrosse doubleheader at EG High School and was not tested along the way.
Senior Billy Cruise gave the Avs all the goals they’d need within the first three minutes, first scoring off a Sam Feinberg assist 1:41 into the game and adding an unassisted score two
minutes and 12 seconds later.
Ryan Trinque added two goals in the first and Colin Waitkun and Connor Finn netted one apiece to put EG up 6-0 after the first.
By halftime the lead ballooned to 13-0 after two goals from Waitkun and one each from Wright, Jack Payette, Ben Contreras, Trinque and Feinberg.
Wheeler finally got on the board with 1:44 remaining in the third, and the Avengers rounded out the scoring in the fourth with two goals from Colin Bernier and one from Contreras.
On the surface it’s difficult to see growth in a 15-goal win but compared to a similar rout of Narragansett on Thursday, April 11 the progress is apparent.
Against the Mariners EG led 12-0 with less than 30 seconds remaining in the game when Waitkun took a shot on net – not to be unsportsmanlike but more of a natural reaction.
Tuesday Waitkun had a similar opportunity with his team ahead 13-0 in the closing seconds of the first half with a wide open shot on net but instead pulled it out and waited for the half to end.
“Sportsmanship is our No. 1 priority,” Waitkun said. “We’re out here to have fun. If you take that extra shot and score it’s just like, ‘oh, let’s step on their necks a little more and destroy their morale,’ and it’s not right.”
Sportsmanship was part of the decision but so was knowing the situation and being aware that there is not much of a difference between a 13 and 14-goal lead.
It may not mean much in a blowout but late in a close game being aware of the circumstances could make the difference between winning and losing.
“Our goal is to be smart on the field and know the situation,” Trapani said. “Be aware of what’s going on around you, make the right decision and they’re doing a good job of that.”
The Avengers should be in for more of a test today at 3:30 p.m. when they travel to take on Providence Country Day and will wrap up the week with a game at home against Mount St. Charles Saturday at 11 a.m.
“PCD’s going to be a test,” Trapani said. “We saw them in the playoffs last year so we expect PCD to be a good game for us.
“There’s no relaxing. We have to keep getting better so we leave no doubt at the end of the season that we’re ready for the playoffs.”