Bucks County Herald

Boys' lacrosse:

Ott helps CB East get past CB West


Next year, Michael Ott will be the Big 10’s problem.

Until then, the Central Bucks East senior and Rutgers commit will try to continue his dominance in the high school faceoff circle, where he routinely gives Suburban One League (SOL), District One and state head coaches headaches.

“It helps a lot when a faceoff guy like Mike wins all of the faceoffs,” Patriots senior defender John Galow said.

Ott didn’t win all of the faceoffs in Monday afternoon’s SOL National showdown against archrival Central Bucks West, but he came awfully close, securing 14 of 15 of his tries as host CB East prevailed, 7-4, giving it yet another SOL conference title, Ott and his classmates’ fourth in four years.

“It was a big team win,” said Ott, quickly deflecting the praise showered on him by his appreciative teammates. “We locked up the SOL conference championship.”

CB East dominated possession in the first quarter against CB West. The Bucks managed only one shot as the Patriots proceeded to build a 2-0 lead after 12 minutes on tallies by Ott and junior Ryan Stout. CB West knotted the score at 2 in the second quarter; junior Christian Kunkel and senior Joey Rockovich did the honors. CB East went into the break up 3-2 on Stout’s second goal of the first half.

Senior Michael Samson evened things at 3 more than halfway through the third quarter. However, with 16 seconds remaining in the third, Patriots senior Collin Stein’s tally, off of a Galow feed, tilted the game in CB East’s favor.

“It was good,” said Stein, who will play his college ball at Catholic. “It started our momentum. I think it was one of the things that propelled us. The offense started to click after that and it was just a great defensive performance, as well.”

Stein’s goal ignited a 4-0 run. Senior Ryan Carroll, Stout and Ott scored in succession early in the fourth quarter as the Patriots improved to 14-2 overall and 8-0 in the SOL National; the Bucks, who received a goal from junior Jake Ojert late in the fourth, fell to 12-3 and 6-2.

“In the fourth quarter,” said Ott, who added a team-high 10 groundballs, “we hit a spark and we just exploded and held on at the end.”

“Everyone played really well as a unit,” said Galow, who amassed five groundballs and three caused turnovers.

Galow and company held their ground against a CB West attack led by Rockovich, who has been rewriting the Buck record books. With his three points in Monday’s setback, Rockovich grew his career total to 211, surpassing Scott Wilbur’s (Class of 2009) previous record of 209. Rockovich also owns the most goals in CB West history with 140.

“It’s big,” Rockovich said. “I’ve worked really hard since my freshman year to accomplish this, but I got to give credit to my teammates. They’re always there for me. I’ve put in a lot of work and it’s paid off. I’m happy.”

CB West was fifth in the latest district Class AAA power rankings; CB East was second.

“We just came off of a big win (6-5 over La Salle) on Saturday,” Ott said. “We know we can play with anyone.”

CB East proved it last year by stunning La Salle in the state quarterfinals.

“If we play our game and stick to the fundamentals,” Ott concluded, “we’ll come out on top.”




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