NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — Junior attackman Chris Palasek (Rocky Point, NY/ Rocky Point H.S.) led the Alabama offense with 4 goals and 2 assists as the Crimson Tide cruised to a 14-4 victory over LSU in the All-State Sugar Bowl Lacrosse Classic. Freshman Chris Balla (Washington, DC/ St. John’s College H.S.) scored 4 goals in his first game while Alex Ternahan (Bethany Beach, DE/ Worcester Prep) added 3 goals and 2 assists.
Early on, Balla led the way and scored the game’s first two points. LSU would cut the lead to 1, but Palasek answered LSU’s first goal only 36 seconds later. A man-up goal by LSU would make it 3-2, but Ternahan responded 28 seconds later with an unassisted score of his own.
LSU would never lead in the game.
Goals by sophomore Jake Griffith (Atlanta, GA/ Riverwood H.S.) and Ternahan would stretch the Tide’s lead to 6-2 at halftime.
Defensively, Alabama shut down the Tigers. LSU would manage only two even-strength goals all game. Senior goalie Jake Springer (Baltimore, MD/ St. Paul’s) notched 17 saves and 4 goals allowed in the victory, thanks in large part to a defense that harassed shooters all night.
Defensemen Brandon Pugh (Jarrettsville, MD/ North Harford H.S.), Matt Leitner (Annapolis, MD/ Marriotts Ridge H.S.) and Teddy Manders (Potomac, MD/ Gonzaga College H.S.) were relentlessly aggressive with the undersized LSU offense, especially Manders, who decleated an LSU midfielder only 6 minutes into the game.
With 4:45 left in the 3rd quarter, LSU’s Josh Henderson cut the Tide’s lead to 8-4. Alabama would respond with a 6-0 surge to end the game, fueled by scores from Tom Cheek (Timonium, MD/St. Paul’s), Baxter Knight (Birmingham, AL/Spain Park H.S.), Ternahan and Palasek.
Ultimately, the difference maker was junior faceoff specialist Craig Landru (Rochester Hills, MI/ Eisenhower H.S.). Craig won 13/17 faceoffs and recorded 9 groundballs on the evening. Following the game, Landru was named MVP of the game by the All-State Sugar Bowl committee.
Alabama improves to 1-0 with the win, and has now beaten LSU in three consecutive seasons. Their next game will be home on Feb. 23rd at 6:00 PM against SELC foe Kentucky.
The box score from this game can be found here: here.
Matt Leitner squares up to an LSU attackman
Craig Landru being awarded the MVP
Andrew Feeney outruns a pair of LSU defenders