LIMA — History was made when Lima Senior played Toledo Central Catholic in its first lacrosse varsity home opener in school history Tuesday night.
Unfortunately for the Spartans, that will be the only memorable thing Lima Senior will take from this game after being shutout 12-0 by the Irish.
Lima Senior, which played Perryburg’s junior varsity last week, fell to 0-2 against a much more experienced Irish squad that improves to 1-2 on the season.
It took four minutes for the Irish to notch their first goal when Danny Sullivan fired one into the back of the net for the first of his five goals on the night. From there the Irish would collect two more in the first and then three more in the second period. In the second half the domination continued as the Irish would tack on seven more goals to complete the rout.
Spartan head coach Nate Garlock said he knew it was going to be tough against TCC.
“Every game is a learning experience for us and we are learning something new every day,” Garlock said. “Last week we had a much better game and we took a step up in competition this week and it showed and the guys are going to learn a lot and there is a lot we are going to be able to look at.”
With crisper passing and a more aggressive approach, the Irish had little trouble setting up their goals and capitalizing on Spartan miscues. Lima Senior goalie Boppi White, who made some solid saves, was constantly pelted by Irish shots.
On the offensive end, the Spartans had few opportunities to score as the majority of the game was played with the Spartans on their heels playing defense.
The Spartans had three legitimate scoring opportunities but the Spartans could not crack the Irish defense.
Garlock said he saw some positives in this game but the team still has to shore up on the basics.
“We are on a lot of stuff and it is hard to simulate game action and when other people are coming at you you can’t panic,” Garlock said. “We weren’t moving the ball around very well. We weren’t getting our slashes and we weren’t hitting open guys. You make mistakes like that against anybody is hard to even to score.”
Garlock admits the team is frustrated when they play poorly but at the same time it acts as motivation for the Spartans to improve.
Even after the game, Irish players were giving some of the Spartan players some advice in a show of good sportsmanship.
“These kids have been playing for two months and they want to come out here and win and beat everybody,” Garlock said. “I like that mentality and will they bounce back. Some time you have to refocus them and we do. They are resilient. We will talk about it and we will be ready to go Thursday night.”
Reach Jose Nogueras at 567-242-0468.