There were no postgame chats for Oakdale High School or Frederick after Tuesday night’s boys lacrosse game.
Everyone just wanted to get home.
Playing on Frederick’s field — wet and muddy from two days of rain — the Bears cruised to a 14-5 victory to put them one game over a .500 record.
“We were just moving the ball around and finishing,” said Matthew Klauka, who led Oakdale with seven goals. “The ball hid sometimes, but it came back, we got it and worked it around.”
Frederick’s field noticeably hadn’t been cut for a few days — onlookers in the stands could lose sight the ball in the grass during ground balls — and it slowed down the pace of play dramatically, which played into Oakdale’s favor.
Already using a possession-heavy offense, passing miscues generally resulted in a minor lapse in the Bears’ rhythm as the ball would slow down quickly before going out of bounds. On an artificial turf field, there probably would have been more turnovers, but the two teams combined for just 10 in the first half.
Oakdale’s Jon Paige won all 12 first-half faceoffs and didn’t lose until his 14th attempt. Frederick’s possessions in the first half were few and far between, and the Cadets took just five shots in the first half to Oakdale’s 27.
Klauka scored four of his goals in the second half. Ryley Harper, Zach Pard and Klauka combined to score Oakdale’s first nine goals, and all but one goal in the game, which came from Connor Good.
Pard was credited with four goals in the first half, including three in a row in the second quarter. Three goals were scored on underhand shots, much like the hockey shot he used during the winter. His fourth goal came on an own-goal when Frederick’s goalie, out of the crease and pressured by Pard, threw the ball away into the net.
Eight Bears had assists, led by Harper’s two.
“Offensive possession is something we’ve really worked on lately, just holding the ball and running a patient offense,” Oakdale coach Mike Skena said. “If you look, early in the season we threw the ball away a lot trying to force passes. Today we did a good job of holding on to the ball and taking the good looks on goal.”
Frederick started generating offense in the second half, trailing 10-0, when Oakdale started shuffling its lineup. The Bears still had John Hoffman in goal. Hoffman stopped two uncontested point-blank shots in the third quarter and finished with six saves. His backup, Michael Adams, played in the fourth quarter and made four saves.
The Cadets scored four goals in the fourth quarter.
“John’s the man,” Paige said. “He makes all the important saves for us. All the losses we’ve had by one goal, he’s kept us in the game, and the defense too. But he keeps us in the close games and helps us finish.”
Next up is the season finale for the Bears against Middletown (10-2). The game will be played at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Oakdale.
“That’s going to be a good one,” Klauka said. “Middletown should be worried when we come after them.”
Oakdale 14, Frederick 5
Oakdale 4 6 3 1 — 14
Frederick 0 0 1 4 — 5
Oakdale (7-6): Goals — Matthew Klauka 7, Zach Pard 4, Ryley Harper 2, Connor Good. Assists — Ryley Harper 2, Rex Bennett, Connor Good, Matthew Klauka, Jon Paige, Nick Clingan, Brandon Howes, Stephen McCracken.
Frederick (6-7): Goals — Justin Spencer, Matt Hynes, Alex Levine, Alex Schaeberle, Danny McDermott. Assists — Tommy Stokes.