In a dominating performance, the easily handled the 16-3 Friday night in an offensive explosion that featured six goals from junior Nick Altmann.
Less than three minutes into the start of Friday night’s game, Altmann worked his way to the goal and put one in the net to give his team a one-goal lead. Altmann recorded three goals and one assist just in the first half.
“It felt good,” said Altmann on his performance. “We were pumped up and we moved fast and just moved the ball quick.”
In the game's opening minutes, it looked as though Northeast was going to hang with the Cougars. They responded to Altmann’s goal three minutes later after Cougar midfielder Austin Brown took a crosschecking penalty, giving the Eagles a man advantage.
Northeast quickly capitalized as Austin Meirick scored the equalizer less than ten seconds after the penalty. The Eagles struck again five minutes later and had a one goal lead and the end of the first quarter.
However, Chesapeake came out strong in the second. By winning faceoffs and converting on Eagle missed opportunities, they were able to jump out to a 6-2 lead halfway through the second quarter and they never looked back.
“I keep talking to my boys about the little things and the little things sort of caught up to us in the second quarter,” said Northeast coach Kevin Rutledge. “We dropped a couple of passes and those turned into goals. One thing about Chesapeake is that if you make mistakes they are going to capitalize on it.”
Chesapeake outshot Northeast 31-18 and dominated the ground ball game 49-22. The Cougars also worked well as a team on offense recording nine assists on their 16 total goals.
“This is a great win,” said Chesapeake coach Rodney Beres. “This team has been putting up some goals all season long. We got down 2-1 in the first quarter and we were able to come back. I think our offense shared the ball well today. There was a lot of assists and a lot of people involved in the offense. Whenever we can get that done that’s good lacrosse.”
The Cougars also played well defensively, after giving up two quick goals, Chesapeake’s defense was lights-out the rest of the night. Chesapeake only surrendered one more Eagle goal, which came on a man-up opportunity for Northeast in the third quarter.
“Our defense has been strong,” said Beres. “It was a good team effort tonight and a lot of hustle. Guys were stepping up to help out and we made some adjustments on the team.”
Friday’s win came on the Cougars' senior night, and senior defender Jason Crane said between the festivities and the crosstown rival matchup, the win felt extra good.
“It means a lot to the guys in this program,” said Crane. “I mean we are out here six days a week and the whole team, not just the seniors, put in a lot of work. It’s obviously a rival. It’s a great game; a great win and good for the program.”
Check back on Monday for a complete photo gallery of Friday's game and senior night activities.