The Gateway varsity lacrosse team let a pair of multi-goal leads slip away in a nonsection game at Aquinas Academy on Saturday.
Aquinas came away with a 12-9 victory, and the Gators slipped to 2-9 in their first season in the WPIAL.
“We were winning 4-0, then 5-3, and then gave up four easy goals,” Gateway head coach John Washington said.
“We stayed on their heels and time just ran out on us. Because it was a Saturday game and the time changed to later in the afternoon (from an original 10 a.m. start), we played without some of our key defensive players who had other obligations. It was a strong overall effort, and several players were able to get good quality playing time. So we will build on that experience.”
Senior Shawn Chaudhry led the Gateway offense against Aquinas with three goals, while juniors Sam Passalinqua and Greg Paladin added two goals apiece.
Also scoring in the game for the Gators were junior Gaurav Pandey and senior Jordan Mardirossian.
Gateway found it tough sledding in a 16-3 loss at Division II, Section 1 foe Indiana three days earlier.
“We were expecting Indiana to be good,” Washington said.
“They scored early, and we weren't able to recover. We played much better in the second half after the shock wore off, but it was too little, too late. It's tough to compete against teams like Indiana that have a fifth- and sixth-grade team, a seventh- and eighth-grade team and a JV and varsity team. They've had nine years to develop players, and we're just getting started, but we fully expect to get to that level.
Junior Jack Washington tallied two of the three goals for the Gators, while Passalinqua netted the other.
In six games from April 17 to 27, Chaudry led the team in goals scored with nine. Passalinqua and Paladin added six goals in a four-game stretch from April 20 to 27.
Paladin scored four times in Gateway's 10-7 loss to Shaler on April 22.
“Regardless of the scores, we are getting better and better each game as far as playing sound lacrosse,” coach Washington said.
“We are making fewer mistakes, possessing the ball better on offense and playing tough, physical defense, but we're still not scoring enough to win games.
“The guys are finding out that they have to have a short memory when it comes to setbacks, because there isn't much time between games, so mental preparation needs to be about today, not about what happened yesterday or last week.”
Gateway was scheduled to host Greensburg Central Catholic in a section contest Wednesday. The game was to be played past the deadline for this week's edition.
The Gators take on Moon in a nonsection game at Antimarino Stadium on Friday. The JV game is set for 6 p.m. with the varsity game to follow at 7:30.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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