Record misleading for Greensburg Central Catholic boys lacrosse
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Numbers can be deceiving.
At first glance, the Greensburg Central Catholic boys lacrosse team has had a down season, but that's a matter of perspective.
Over the last five seasons, GCC has been among the class of WPIAL Division II with a record of 61-30 in that span.
Although a loss Saturday to Division I Shady Side Academy (8-3) left GCC at just 5-5 with four games to play, the Centurions are still strong playoff contenders.
As of Tuesday, GCC was 2-1 in WPIAL Division II, Section 1 play, trailing only Indiana (3-0) for the section lead.
While the overall record is not as glamorous as years past, it's a bit misleading.
“I always like to start the season off with tough competition,” coach Mike Evans said. “We like to gear up, play a tough Division I team early in the year just as a barometer of how our team will look.”
Removing games against Division I and independent opponents, the Centurions' 4-2 record looks much better, with losses against Quaker Valley (11-0) — the top-ranked team in the WPIAL, according to laxpower.com — and Indiana.
The offense has managed just 5.6 goals per game this season, and the defense has allowed, 7.9. But against Division II opponents, the goal total increases to 6.5 per game, compared to 6.7 goals allowed, a more workable ratio.
Despite the fluctuating numbers, the defense — led by seniors Nick Benjamin and Albert Blevins — has kept his team in games this season, Evans said. Meanwhile the offense is still learning to possess and clear the ball more effectively.
“It's a combination of passing and catching more consistently and moving at a faster pace,” Evans said. “We need to move at a higher tempo and with pressure on us.”
This year's squad looks a lot different from the past few years. Numbers are down across the roster, with just four seniors and an especially young offense led by juniors Barrett Naugle (20 goals, 10 assists) and Willis Croker (12 goals, 10 assists) and sophomore Brad Caric (six goals, four assists).
But just like in plenty of other areas with this team, numbers aren't always an accurate depiction of performance.
“When you're a senior you bring some experience, some maturity and some game sense,” Evans said. “Our seniors have done a very nice job.”
Gary Horvath is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Rossi: Crosby, Malkin didn’t sign on for this
- Penguins’ Malkin: ‘We’re not a championship team’
- First Amendment experts decry Plum authorities’ warning to students
- Penguins eliminated with Game 5 overtime loss to Rangers
- Fleury valiant in defeat
- Cole shuts down Diamondbacks as Pirates open road trip with victory
- Former Olympian Bruce Jenner comes out as transgender: ‘I am a woman’
- All Pennsylvanians to pay more, GOP gleans from report on Wolf’s tax plan
- Rangers’ defensive plan against Penguins was unwavering
- Death toll from Nepal earthquake reaches at least 876
- Pitt introduces Barnes as athletic director