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STC boys lacrosse showdown moved to Geneva

Published: Friday, May 16, 2014 11:17 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, May 16, 2014 11:21 p.m. CDT

Neither St. Charles East nor St. Charles North applied for a change of venue for the schools' crosstown classic boys lacrosse game.

Considering field conditions and some potential dire straits, the Saints and North Stars will take it.

After inclement weather postponed Friday's game at East's Norris Stadium, the teams will play at 2 p.m. today at Geneva's Burgess Field.

"It's still going to have the same intensity of any North-East rivalry in any sport," North senior midfielder/attackman Jud Huxtable said.

"We're playing on a turf field and a nice turf field at that in Geneva, and we know it's going to be exciting."

St. Charles Lacrosse Club board members scrambled to find a reschedule date and location after Norris Stadium proved unplayable.

"How about that, though, getting snow in the middle of spring?" East senior midfielder Nate Campana said.

The window was especially tight with the IHSLA postseason set to begin next week.

"These first few years [after the St. Charles co-op split] are really defining the rivalry, so we wanted to get the game in," Huxtable said.

Originally slated as a tripleheader that also featured games between the East and North JV and the St. Charles co-op and St. Francis girls, the lacrosse weekend looks to keep a competive tone despite the shuffling.

The girls game was moved to 10:30 a.m. today at St. Francis because Burgess is not equipped with girls lacrosse lining. The boys JV programs will meet at Burgess at noon before a senior night ceremony for the three St. Charles varsity programs is held ahead of the varsity boys game.

Vikings down 'Dogs: Thursday's Batavia-Geneva game at Bulldog Stadium offered a precursor for rivalry week. The Vikings held on for a 5-4 victory, winning a face-off and running out the clock after the Bulldogs drew to within the final margin with about 30 seconds remaining.

"There's definitely a friendly rivalry going on," Vikings coach Derek Bahler said. "We had some support from Geneva in the stands along with the Batavia fans. That definitely motivated us as the game went on, although playing Batavia is motivation in and of itself."

Senior Sam James, who Bahler called "a squirrelly little attackman," sparked Geneva with two goals. Classmate Brandon Heimbuch also scored, and boasts 39 of the team's 82 goals this spring.

"We've just been stepping up as an entire team," Bahler said. "Everybody's playing for each other and we just want to extend the season as much as possible."

STC co-op girls bide time: As Friday's inclement weather persisted, the cancellations grew from the East-North JV boys game to both varsity contests. Keeping St. Francis on the schedule delights the St. Charles co-op girls even though the team will give up a home game.

"Big competition. St. Francis is a strong team," first-year co-op coach Morgan Logue said. "We're used to playing them, they're used to playing us from conference and we know some of the players on their team. The girls know each other."

The co-op is approximately an even split between girls from East and North.

"We like to keep the competition in between them fun and have games in between them, have them compete against each other," Logue said. "But overall, we are a team, and they put the differences of their schools aside."

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