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Boys’ lacrosse: Georgetown Prep’s defense stops DeMatha in its tracks

With just less than two minutes left in the third quarter, Georgetown Prep defenders Matt Billings and Scott Lanham touched gloves and traded barbs as the Little Hoyas raced down the field on one of their countless attacks. The two frequently exchange words before huddles, but with Georgetown Prep putting a stranglehold on DeMatha’s potent offense, this particular occurrence held a little more significance.

Billings and Lanham, along with six other shifting defensemen, helped hold the third-ranked Stags to their lowest scoring total of the season Tuesday in an 11-3 rout.

Top-ranked Georgetown Prep allowed two goals in transition and another when a DeMatha player strolled to the crease in the first half. But with the Little Hoyas’ defense fully set they didn’t yield a goal, and they blanked the Stags in the second half.

“We tend to hold our opponents to low scores — especially this year, because our unit has been playing together for three years,” Georgetown Prep goalkeeper Will Railey said. “We have a really good chemistry and that leads to low scores from other teams.”

The 6-foot-3 Railey was at his best Tuesday, reaching high to the sky with his stick to stop shots, as well as swinging it quickly to grab balls that looked like sure goals.

“When the defense does let down or gets beat, Railey comes up and makes a big stop,” Georgetown Prep Coach Kevin Giblin said. “His skills in the net can be frustrating to a lot of teams. You think you have an opportunity, then he makes a big play. That’s what Will Railey does.”

Georgetown Prep (13-0) had a significant margin in time of possession, as it won 10 of 14 midfield faceoffs. And if the referee wasn’t dropping the ball after scored goals, the Little Hoyas were the first to ground balls.

The Little Hoyas took full advantage of the hustle plays, as Charlie Horning, Jack Olson, Terry Lindsay and Tanner Holifield each scored two goals.

DeMatha (14-2) opened the game with a 2-0 lead but the score was tied at the end of the first quarter, and the Little Hoyas held a 5-3 advantage at the intermission. Stags sophomore Mitchell Howell scored two goals.

The win moved the Little Hoyas to 3-0 against WCAC opponents with just four regular season games remaining.

“We want to keep the IAC as the top tier in the area, so it’s always nice to beat the WCAC,” Billings said.



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