Cattie leads OC to win over EHT
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — The emcee is the life of the party who keeps things going and gets people in a good mood. The Ocean City boys lacrosse team was in a great mood on Wednesday afternoon because of its MC — as in Marty Cattie.
The sophomore attacker was on point against the host Eagles, racking up five goals, including three in the second half as the Red Raiders pulled away en route to a 15-4 win that helped them even their record at 4-4. Since an 8-4 loss to Emmaus (Pa.) on Saturday, Ocean City has scored 32 goals in wins over Cedar Creek and EHT, with Cattie accounting for eight of those tallies.
"We just had to move around, work together and get open. We were just working the ball around, not taking bad shots and putting the ball where it needed to be. I don't even think I took an outside shot, so that was nice," Cattie said. "We have this thing called the 24-hour rule, so after 24 hours you forget (a loss) and just move on."
"He's a great player and a great athlete. He's young, so he's still learning," said teammate Harry Pfeifle. "He played great for us today. I don't know what we would have done without him. He's a great player, and he's really developing well. We're lucky to have him."
The Eagles, who lost a heartbreaker, 14-13, to Mainland Regional on Monday, were in the game at halftime, trailing just 6-3. But Ocean City scored three times in the third quarter, then kept the momentum going early in the fourth and built an 11-3 lead.
"They are a solid team. We came out with a lot of intensity early, but as the game wore on, we had some guys who, not broke down under the pressure, but playing defense for that long kind of wears the defense down. That's what happened today. We were trying to rotate guys in to try to keep them fresh, but we just didn't have it in the second half today. They came out and had another gear, and we couldn't match that gear in the second half," said Eagles coach John Ohlsen. "We had a good game plan, but when we came out in the second half, they took it away from us and we couldn't get it back. We told them we have a game tomorrow, so start preparing for that. Hydrate and be ready to run. It's going to be another fun game (against Upper Dublin). We have another tough game tomorrow, so we just have to come out and show what we have."
Brandon Hubbard scored to tie the game, 3-3, but then Cattied scored twice to ignite what turned out to be an 8-0 run by the Red Raiders. Logan Bloomstead followed up a nice save by goalie Mark Kolmer by scoring on the other end to push the lead to 6-3 late in the second quarter. Ocean City's defense then shut the Eagles out in the third quarter to allow the offense to build upon the lead.
"We have seniors back there and Mark in goal, and he's unstoppable," Cattie said.
"We just said we had to put our pedal to the metal and keep scoring, shut them down and get them out of the game right now, and that's what we did," Pfeifle said. "We learned a lot (from the loss to Emmaus). We learned to rally as a team, work together and fight back. Playing EHT is always a fun time. They always give us their best. We put up a fight, they put up a fight and it's always a great game. We worked hard and they worked hard."
Goalie Jake Matlock kept the Eagles in the game by making 12 saves in the first half, but Ohlsen said he was disappointed his team wasn't able to avoid turnovers that gave Ocean City extra possessions in the second half.
"I expected to do a little better today. It's the small things that add up during the course of the game that we have to take care of," he said. "We have the talent, it just didn't play out for us today."
Ocean City has a couple more tough nonconference games, against Holy Cross and Notre Dame, including a couple of Cape-Atlantic League matchups before a highly anticipated showdown with Mainland Regional under the lights at Carey Stadium on Tuesday, April 25.
"We have a couple of games we have to focus on first, but yeah, we're pretty pumped about Mainland," Pfeifle said. "We're excited to get out there and take them on. On the new turf, it's going to be great. That environment just sets it up for a better game."
Bloomstead finished with four goals for Ocean City, which put six different players into the goal-scoring column. Midfielder John Foss finished with a pair of goals for EHT.
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