Risk, Dockser lead Churchill past Sherwood in boys' lacrosse

By Christian Swezey
Special to The Washington Post
Thursday, April 8, 2010; 2:30 PM

According to the game program, Churchill seniors Matt Risk and Jake Dockser play attack and defense, respectively. But the pair played just about everywhere in a 9-7 victory over visiting Sherwood on Wednesday night in Potomac.

Risk finished with three goals and one assist while playing attack, midfield and as a wing on faceoffs. Dockser added three assists while playing close defense and as a wing on faceoffs.

The pair's work on faceoffs proved almost as crucial as their offensive outputs. They helped the Bulldogs (2-0) win 14 of 19 faceoffs.

"They aren't a defenseman and an attackman," Churchill Coach Jeff Fritz said of the pair. "They're lacrosse players. They eat, dream, think and play lacrosse year-round. They bring that savviness to make plays. That's why I want them on the wings. . . . This is the biggest win we've had around here in a while."

The Warriors (0-2) entered a little shorthanded. Senior attackmen Kevin Laskin (50-plus points each of the last two years) and Scott Fricke (31 points last year) did not play after missing a practice while returning home from spring break. Laskin and Fricke will play on Friday night against Magruder (2-0).

In an 11-7 loss to Good Counsel in the season opener, Fricke had two goals and Laskin had two assists.

Meantime, junior midfielder Michael Begley, an Under Armour underclassmen All-American last year, left the game for good early in the third quarter with a cut above his eye. Begley had 54 points last year.

And senior Josh Hertz, a top defenseman, is likely out for the year with a knee injury.

Churchill went on a 3-0 run and led 6-2 following a goal by Risk which Dockser assisted. The Warriors closed to two goals twice but got no closer.

"We played together all summer long," Risk said of he and Dockser. "On that goal, I have no idea how he made the pass. I had guys all around me but he put it where I could get it and shoot."

Junior Brian Hack scored three goals and classmate Chris Wykoff added a goal and two assists for Sherwood.

"Churchill had better effort in all the important categories," Sherwood Coach Chip Steel said. "Faceoffs, groundballs, they beat us in the middle of the field. I'm very impressed with their effort. They showed a lot of heart, even when things started to swing our way in the third quarter they regrouped."

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