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Varsity vs Bernards HS on 5/5/2012
Posted Sunday, May 06, 2012 by Mike Dimino



5/5/20123 p.m.





Somerville (13) at Bernards (5) - Boys Lacrosse

May 05, 2012 7:58 p.m.

By Chris Hachey

Efficient is the best word to describe Somerville's performance on the turf yesterday at Bernards High School.

Ranked No. 17 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, Somerville scored 13 goals on 21 shots in a 13-5 triumph over Bernards to claim the Skyland Conference title.

"Bernards had a lot of possessions today, which hurt us," Somervile head coach Gilman Eaton said. "We knew that when we got the ball on the offensive end of the field, we had to make sure that the right guys had the ball. They had some sniper vision today."

On paper, some statistics from the contest were very strange. Bernards won 17 out of 21 faceoffs and outshot Somerville, 30-21, yet only netted five goals. The defensive unit of Chris Contino, Pat Grega and Mike Dimino for Somerville forced many wild shots and took back many possessions. On the offensive side, Logan LeBlond, Joe Murphy, Matt Raposo and Mike Waterfield took care of business and made the most of their opportunities.

LeBlond poured in five goals and added two assists, while Murphy scored three times and chipped in two assists. Raposo scored twice and contributed two assists and Waterfield also put in two goals and added four assists. Jared Delouisa scored the other goal and Matt Proodian chipped in an assist.

"We work on shooting a lot at practice," LeBlond said. "We have a whole bunch of different drills that focus on spot shooting and taking the right shots."

In addition to practicing shooting from the right spots, LeBlond talked about how he scouts the opponent and comes into the game with a plan on how to attack the defense.

"My decision on what shot to use is based on what the goalie is doing and where he is moving his stick," LeBlond said. "I also use prior knowledge of the goalie. I knew his tendencies of where he liked to go so that I could put it where he wasn't."

Bernards was led by Griffin Connor, who had two goals. Robert Schaufler, Brian Cunningham and Kersey Reed had the other goals.

The ebb and flow of the game was very irregular but Somerville found its stride in the second half, outscoring Bernards 7-2 in the final two quarters.

"Sometimes I just don't know how our offense does it," said Eaton. "We played well today."


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