Plymouth Whitemarsh rolls to 18-0 boys' lacrosse win

Plymouth Whitemarsh's Corey Kelly, 27 splits the defenders and scores in the second quarter. (Ed Hille / Staff Photographer)
Plymouth Whitemarsh's Corey Kelly, 27 splits the defenders and scores in the second quarter. (Ed Hille / Staff Photographer)
Posted: March 29, 2013

Despite Plymouth Whitemarsh's winning by 18-0 at home against Cheltenham on Wednesday, Colonials coach Phil Chang wasn't pleased.

"I thought we were sloppy, but I think we got better as the game progressed," Chang said after the Suburban One American lacrosse game played on Plymouth Whitemarsh's football field in cold and rainy weather.

With a 14-0 halftime lead, Chang used mostly reserves in the second half and changed his goalie three times, but Plymouth Whitemarsh still managed the shutout.

Working with a roster that includes nine freshmen and sophomores, Chang said it's important for the younger players to gain experience early in the season.

"We didn't play defense too much, and that's something we've been practicing a lot," Chang said. "So it's tough to gauge how we played."

Plymouth Whitemarsh scored six goals in the first quarter. Colonials junior Jake Brown scored twice in the first quarter and assisted on three goals.

By the end of the first half, the game was already out of reach. Brown had three goals, and sophomore Alex Bilodeau had four.

Colonials junior Deqwan Phillips scored three of Plymouth Whitemarsh's four goals in the second half.

"Offensively, we played pretty well, especially toward the end of the first half," Chang said.

As an attacker, Brown often found himself as the center of the Colonials' offense in the first half. He said the chemistry he has developed with Bilodeau is one of the team's greatest strengths on offense.

"We like to move the ball around, make cuts, and get it inside," Brown said. "And we're always making dodges."

Plymouth Whitemarsh, which qualified for the district playoffs last year, will host Allentown Central Catholic on Thursday in a game that Chang said will be a better measure of his team's ability.

Cheltenham 0 0 0 0 - 0

Plymouth Whitemarsh 6 8 3 1 - 18

Goals: PW-Alex Bilodeau 4, Jake Brown 3, Shane Hickey 2, Andrew Jones, Brett Kaplan, Ryan Kelly, Corey Kelly, Deqwan Phillips 3, Perry Sopinsky, John Walker.


Contact Joey Cranney at jcranney@philly.com. Follow on Twitter @joey_cranney.

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