Wind and rain were the names of the game when the Lincoln High School lacrosse team defeated visiting Ypsilanti High School 13-3 Monday night.
The Railsplitters were led by senior attackers Zachery Arnold and Jagdeesh Anne, who each had four goals in the rout. It was a fitting way to close out Lincoln’s Senior Night.
Arnold scored his first goal of the game, the second for the Railsplitters, early in the first quarter. The Railsplitters did not falter after that. They were able to get the ball in the net three more times before the end of the first quarter, giving Lincoln a daunting 5-0 lead.
Lincoln goalie Cory Sanders held a shutout through the first half, giving his team the confidence to build an almost insurmountable eight goal lead.
“We put the pressure on right away,” said Lincoln coach Jeff Daniels. “Defensively, they didn’t have guys that could challenge us.”
The weather seemed to be affecting Ypsilanti more than Lincoln throughout the game.
“There were bad conditions,” Daniels said. “They didn’t seem to affect us as much, though.”
Anne extended the Lincoln lead to nine with his hat trick goal at the beginning of the third quarter.
Ypsilanti was able to break the shutout later that quarter when Sanders accidentally put the ball into his own net after a shot by midfielder Jared Tait of the Phoenix. Attacker Kevin Wu added a goal later in the third quarter to bring the Phoenix to within seven.
The deficit was just too much for the younger, undersized Phoenix to surmount. The third and final goal for Ypsilanti was scored early in the fourth quarter by attacker John Reynolds.
“Our offense carries the team too often,” Ypsilanti coach Ian Clearwood said. “Our defense can only do so much.”
The fourth quarter saw Arnold come off the bench after a brief injury scare, determined to collect his hat trick. After running through two defenders, he was able to get the ball past Ypsilanti goalie Alex Burdick.
Arnold and Anne scored their fourth goals minutes later, closing out the game on a high note for the Lincoln seniors.
The two teams will meet again for the MHSAA pre-regional game at Lincoln Friday at 4 p.m.