ST. CHARLES – St. Charles North boys lacrosse didn’t have success during its spring break to St. Louis, nor did the North Stars have any earlier this week with a loss to Neuqua Valley on Tuesday and then a double overtime loss to Glenbard West on Thursday.
A Saturday afternoon game against Geneva at the comfy environs of the East Side Sports Complex was apparently exactly what the North Stars needed as they rolled past the Vikings, 12-7.
“After what we did today, I think we know now we can win,” North Stars senior Zach Behrens said. “We can get a lot of goals in and hopefully we can now carry the momentum from this game for the rest of the season."
Behrens (Carthage College) paced the North Stars with four goals.
“It’s really important to get the team rolling by coming out strong, and that’s what we did,” he said. “Once we got a few goals we knew we could continue to do it the rest of the game, and even when you stop scoring for a while, you’ve got momentum and a lead.”
North (2-5 overall, 2-2 in Illinois) extended its lead to 10-5 after three periods and never really let the Vikings rally.
“We made some little mistakes here and there which hurt us in the end,” Vikings coach Derek Bahler said. “We were fighting hard the whole time and the effort was there, but we made too many costly turnovers and had too many failed clears.”
Seniors Brandon Heimbuch and Sam James led the Vikings with a pair of goals apiece while Grayson Frazier added six ground balls.
“We’ve got 23 new guys to the varsity this year so we’re still trying to rebuild for success,” Bahler said. “We’re hoping to take this season as it goes and get better and finish strong. “
Senior Jud Huxtable added three goals for the North Stars while junior Dean McBride scored twice.
“We had two or three guys creating shots and when you have that many stud offensive players it makes a difference,” Huxtable said. “If we can keep the scoring going, it’s going to be good for us.”
Geneva dropped to 1-4.