By Jeremy Balan
In many ways, Urban School had a season of firsts last year, advancing to its first postseason in the Bay Counties League West and winning its first playoff game in school history.
In their first game of the BCL West season this year, the Blues took another step forward, beating Lick-Wilmerding for the first time in the program’s three-year history with a 7-2 win on Friday at Boxer Stadium.
“This is a huge step for us,” said Urban head coach Warren Pringle. “They beat us pretty handily last year and this was a great turnaround for us. We compete against them in other sports, but this was a huge win for the lacrosse program.”
The Blues (6-2, 1-0) got a game-high four goals from their senior leading scorer Gabe Ruimy, but what may bode well for their future was the play of a pair of freshmen.
Freshmen midfielder Max McCready had two goals and an assist, and fellow ninth-grader Sigi Osker added an assist and displayed impressive ball-handling throughout, drawing constant Lick double-teams, opening up opportunities for McCready and Ruimy.
“They’re the future,” Pringle said of McCready and Osker. “[Osker] is the creator in our offense. In practice, he’s a guy who can put away a lot of goals and make a lot of great plays, but when we get into games, other teams key into it pretty quickly. But he opens up the field for the other guys.”
Lick (0-8-1, 0-1) actually scored first, on a goal from Dimitri Barton with 10:00 remaining in the second quarter, breaking an opening stretch that saw a combined 21 turnovers between the two teams.
Urban responded with two goals from Ruimy and one from McCready to take a 3-1 lead into the half, but the turnovers hampered both teams throughout. Lick would finish with 38 turnovers and Urban had 36.
“It was definitely a little bit sloppy, but that has been the theme for some of our games,” Pringle said. “We were able to balance that out with some nice plays and some nice goals. One of the things we’ve banked on this year has been guys being able to get goals that are unexpected or just on great individual efforts.”
While Urban was able to overcome the turnovers to create scoring opportunities, Lick struggled to get the ball in the net against a solid Urban defense, bolstered by seven saves from senior goalkeeper David Leon.
“They didn’t have the heart today,” said Lick head coach Brady Boyd. “The big difference was us not busting our butts on ground balls and I think if we played hard, skill-wise, we’re better.”
The Tigers remain winless, but only one game into BCL West play, Boyd still sees signs of life.
“I’m optimistic that once we get that spark to get the team together, we’re going to be a force to be reckoned with,” Boyd said. “Until the kids realize how good they really are, they’re going to flounder in games like this.”
LW: 10:00 – Dimitri Barton
U: 7:18 – Gabe Ruimy
U: 5:50 – Max McCready
U: 4:43 – Ruimy, assist McCready
U: 9:18 – Ruimy
U: 8:32 – McCready
LW: 2:19 – Ryan Quinn
U: 4:48 – Jeremy Harvey-Brown, assist Sigi Osker
U: 2:00 – Ruimy