Meadville Tribune

Sports

April 19, 2013

H.S. LACROSSE: MCC builds in second season

April 19, 2013 7:00 a.m. MEADVILLE — Steven Heflin jogged off the turf at Meadville High School’s Bender Field with a bit of a confused look on his face.

“I guess I was called for ... something?” the MASH junior thought aloud.

The far side referee had just whistled Heflin for an infraction. And that sent him off to the penalty box, taking him out of Thursday’s lacrosse meeting between Meadville-Crawford County and the Erie Spears club teams for a minute of play.

“As soon as I got a penalty I was like, ‘I wonder what I did,’” said Heflin. “I hit this guy. He’s down on the ground. I got somebody who understands looking at me, going, ‘Not right, No. 23.’

“I’m like, “I ... I’m sorry? I don’t know what I did.’”

Heflin wasn’t the only member of the MCC team to experience this kind of confusion on Thursday.

Partly, that’s because no athlete in any sport understands (honestly or not) why they would be called for a penalty.

Mostly, though, it’s that the MCC players, in fact most everyone in Crawford County, have yet to fully grasp the sport of lacrosse.

“That’s where a lot of us are at right about now,” said junior defenseman Louis Crawford. “Half of us are still in the learning stage. ‘Uh, what did I do?’

“A lot of us are talking to the kids on the other team trying to figure out what we did, because a lot of them have been playing for awhile. So we’re like, ‘What was that call?’”

The MCC program — which currently includes players from Meadville, Cochranton, Conneaut and Cambridge Springs —  is only eight games old. It played just twice in last year’s inaugural season. And Thursday’s game against the Erie Spears — which Erie won 6-2 — was the sixth game of MCC’s 15-game schedule of 2013.

Outside of those eight games, and the practices in between, that’s about all the experience any of Meadville-Crawford County’s players have had with the sport.

It’s different with other sports. Most people come into a game like football or baseball or basketball possessing some understanding of the activity; having either played the game in a backyard setting or, at least, having watched it on TV.

Lacrosse, not so much, especially not in this part of the country. And it’s such a unique sport in how it contains elements from so many other forms of athletics — hockey, soccer, rugby, football.

“It’s a little bit of everything, that’s the only way I can describe it,” said Crawford. “It takes a lot of coordination to play it. But it’s fun. You get to hit kids.”

Being such a new endeavor, it’s going to take some time for MCC to get fully up to speed.

Coach John Heflin understands this.

“I played at a high school that started (lacrosse) in 1981,” he said. “The only schools that played in Pittsburgh were the prep schools, which was Sewickly Academy and Shady Side Academy and Kiski. That high school didn’t win a game for five years.”

With that in mind, coach Heflin couldn’t be happier with how far the MCC program has come in such a short time.

“It’s going very well,” he said. “If you watched (on Thursday), they’re executing plays. They’re keeping the ball half of the time in the other end of the field, instead of playing the whole time in the defensive end.”

MCC even has one win in the books already. This past Saturday, it defeated Grand River Academy 6-1 for the program’s first.

And yesterday’s game against Erie, even though it was a loss, was still considered a step in the right direction.

“We’ve definitely improved since the beginning,” said Steven Heflin. “We played (Erie) the first game and we lost 0-10. This time, we were holding them to 2-4 for most of the second half until they scored two at the end.”

The rematch with Erie, said John Heflin, “is a big success. The game came out as well as I could have hoped for. I was hoping for 3-9 or 2-8. A 2-6, I’ll take it any day of the week.”

Coach Heflin currently considers MCC in the JV stage of development — not quite up to most varsity standards. But with enthusiasm for the sport growing, the skills of the players on the rise, and their knowledge of the penalties ... well ... on the way; it may not be too long until lacrosse makes a name for itself in Crawford County.

“We achieved my goal for this year, which was to win a game,” he said. “My other goal was to play good, respectable lacrosse as a team. So far, so good. We could win one, two, maybe three more.”

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Mitchell Wood FCV’s season comes to an end

    The end of an era.
    So it was with French Creek Valley dropping a 5-4 decision to Albion Post 567 in the Region 8 Tournament at Northwestern High School on Wednesday. For several key players, it was the last time they would put on the blue uniform for head coach Brandon Crum.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Meadville falls to NA in Junior League state opener

    The Meadville Junior League All-Stars spent all baseball season perfecting the art of winning.

    July 23, 2014

  • Rookie CB Gilbert signs with Browns

    Justin Gilbert’s got his contract with the Browns. Now he needs a starting job.

    July 23, 2014

  • Bills Camp Bills QB, coach differ on offense’s performance

    Bills quarterback EJ Manuel and coach Doug Marrone had widely conflicting assessments on how the offense performed on the third day of training camp.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • FCV tops Cochranton to advance

    French Creek Valley kept its stay in the Pennsylvania Region 8 American Legion Tournament alive on Tuesday in impressive fashion.

    July 22, 2014

  • Kinter and Neff Error-free defense, hitting propel District 1 to state title

    When Tom Brunot, Doug Hecker and Mark McKissock agreed about a month ago to take on a Senior League softball team they felt fairly confident in their team’s ability to defend its turf with a state championship on the line.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • FCV falls to Millcreek

    It may go down as one of the oddest games in Region 8 history.

    July 22, 2014

  • Meadville captures Section 1 title over DuBois

    For anyone confused about all the fire truck sirens and honking car horns that echoed through the streets of Meadville around 5 p.m. on Sunday, here’s the explanation:

    July 22, 2014

  • District 1 showcases 'D' in victory

    A strong defense up the middle is often where championship teams are born. The District 1 Senior League softball team certainly fills the bill.

    July 22, 2014

  • Trevor Smith St. Marys tops METS to win title

    When it’s two good teams going head-to-head in the game of baseball, sometimes a simple bad bounce can mean the difference between a win and a loss.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

Sports Scoreboard
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Business Marquee
AP Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament
Poll

The latest proposed expansion plan for the Crawford County Courthouse potentially would eliminate the former Tarr Mansion on Diamond Park to make room for a county administrative building. Should the 1860 mansion be demolished?

Leave it alone because it’s historic.
Try to incorporate it into the proposed expansion.
It’s too far gone to save, but it’s memory may be preserved with an artifacts and photo display within the proposed courthouse complex.
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks