Lackey 5, Northern 2

Long before Lackey senior forwards Matt Bourdeau and Wes Dyson were teammates, they had always known each other as opponents.

Since the age of 5, Bourdeau and Dyson had played for youth soccer teams in the Southern Maryland area. But on Tuesday night in the Chargers' 5-2 home victory against Southern Maryland Athletic Conference foe Northern, Dyson and Bourdeau epitomized the Chargers' offensive chemistry and combined for all five of their goals.

In the second minute of the game, Dyson chipped a pass to Bourdeau, who popped a shot over the Northern goalkeeper for Lackey's first score. By the 15th minute, Dyson and Bourdeau had powered Lackey to a 4-0 lead over the Patriots, who had given up just four goals in their previous six games.

"We've been waiting to click offensively, and tonight we did that and it just all came together," said Dyson, who finished with two goals and an assist. "It's all a matter of us coming together as a team."

The Chargers have had a balanced offensive attack, with four players each registering five or more goals this season.

Bourdeau finished the game in the 70th minute with his third goal, which senior striker A.J. DeLaGarza assisted by launching a wickedly curving corner kick just in between two Northern defenders.

DeLaGarza played primarily a supporting role last night as a defender, midfielder and forward.

"Since I've been here a lot of people have been calling me and asking me about A.J., and I always say that A.J. is one hell of a player and I don't take anything away from him, but there are a lot of good players on this team," said Gary Lesko, Lackey's first-year coach. "There was just something missing with us all season long, and you couldn't quite put your finger on it. Now I hope we can repeat this and play to our potential."

Bourdeau, who had torn a ligament in his left knee as a freshman, began the season for Lackey as the returning starting center midfielder before Lesko decided to move him up top.

Lesko's decision has benefited the Chargers. Bourdeau, one of the taller targets on the forward line, now leads the team with seven goals, four of which were game-winners. What's more impressive is that he has accomplished this in the Chargers' past five games.

Bourdeau's impressive streak has come at a critical time for the team as it battles for the SMAC crown. The Chargers lead the conference with a 6-2 record in SMAC play. They are 9-2 overall.

Northern is right behind at 8-2-1, 5-2-1. Westlake follows at 7-3, 5-2, and La Plata is 5-5-1, 5-2-1.

"We were proud of last season and the way we played at the end of the year," Bourdeau said. "This is our year to shine, this is our year to finish it up."

Lackey senior forward Matthew Bourdeau controls the ball in front of Northern's Nathan Sawyer.