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Starboard lax outlasts Magerks 8-7 in quarterfinal, falls to Koopers in semis

By Dan Cook | Jun 09, 2014
Photo by: Dan Cook Former Cape all-state and Lynchburg All-American goalie Franc Cook makes one of his 13 saves in the Starboard Sharks' 8-7 win over a powerful Magerks squad. The win propelled Starboard into the American Lacrosse League Championship semifinals.

The Starboard lax club defeated the visiting Magerks 8-7 June 7 at Cape Henlopen's Champions Field. The victory allowed Starboard to reach the semifinals of the American Lacrosse League Championship. They fell in the semifinals to the Koopers of Baltimore 16-5 to end their 6-2 run of the 2014 season.

"Magerks put us out of the playoffs last season," said Starboard player/coach Nick Scroggs. "This was an awesome game. We really wanted this one, and the guys worked really hard."

Starboard had the lead 7-6 when a turnover allowed Magerks to score with less than a minute left, thus tying the game at 7. Former Cape Henlopen and UMBC all-star Joey Cahill cut through the Magerks' defense and scored with 32 seconds left to seal the victory for the home team.

Former Cape goalie and Lynchburg College All-American Franc Cook had 13 saves in the victory over Magerks.

Sunday found the Starboard team traveling to Baltimore to play a tough game against the Koopers team in the semifinal.

Starboard middie Kyle Gallagher led the Sharks with two goals in the contest. Former Wesley College goalie Anthony Edwards had 11 saves in the Sharks' loss.

"Koopers is a great team," said Scroggs. "The guys played their hearts out, but we came up short in the game. We had a great season, and I'm proud of the guys and how we fought in each game. It's nice having a great sponsor like the Starboard to allow us to compete in the league."

Koopers plays the New York Athletic Club for the ALL Championship next Saturday, June 14.

Former Cape All-American and UMBC standout Joey Cahill is fouled by a Magerks defender but manages to shoot and score the winning goal in the last 32 seconds of the game. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Former Salisbury defender and Cape coach James Ruback, right, plays tough close defense on a Magerks attack. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Former Cape defender Burley Hopkins, right, battles for a loose ball with a Magerks attack. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Starboard middie and face-off specialist Nick Rhoads  wins an important possession for the home team. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Starboard middie Logan Keyser controls the ball in the midfield. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Starboard defender EJ Amobi makes a poke check on a Magerks middie. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Starboard player coach Nick Scroggs directs his defensive coverage. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Starboard defenseman Dave Mushrush makes a tough clearing play. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Starboard middie Kyle Gallagher dodges around the Magerks' crease. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Sharks middie Justin Upp cranks the rock. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Sharks long pole defender Kirk Waldie looks to clear the ball. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Sharks defender Danny Sherr plays close defense around the Starboard crease. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Sharks middie Logan Keyser goes for a wrap check. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Sharks midfielder Nick Rhoads wins a face-off. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Sharks attack Spencer Steele sets up a play. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
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