In a matchup of two undefeated league teams, Beckman stayed perfect after picking up a 22-13 victory at CdM Monday. But the Sea Kings fought back after going down by nine goals.
That would not have happened in the previous three years against the defending league champion Patriots.
Twice, CdM's Tiffany Paladin cut the deficit to three goals in the second half. The Sea Kings went on an 8-1 run and Beckman's lead was just 14-11. They even got Beckman Coach Tom Messmer to call a timeout and he was not happy about it.
Someone at the scorer's table joked that Messmer is the Phil Jackson of high school girls' lacrosse. He does not need to call timeouts with the amount of talent at Beckman, which is ranked No. 11 in the state by laxpower.com.
Messmer looked concerned for a moment.
"I had a lot of my starters out when we got up, 12-4 [early in the second half]," Messmer said. "I started putting in subs. I would've liked to play my subs more.
"In every one of these [games] we find some stuff that we need to work on. I wasn't happy with our defense. I was good with our play on 80% of the field. It was the last 20% that was a little weak."
Vislocky believes the Sea Kings (7-5, 3-1 in league) are narrowing the gap between them and the Patriots (8-1, 3-0).
CdM did not prevail, but at least it recorded double-digit goals for the first time against Beckman since April 24, 2007, when the Sea Kings beat Beckman, 15-14. They have not defeated the Patriots since then.
Beckman claimed its eighth straight league contest against CdM.
Paladin did her best to help the Sea Kings stay close. She scored her third goal on a beautiful give-and-go play with Molly Rovzar with 11:53 left to play.
The Sea Kings only trailed, 15-12, but Allie Lehner, Beckman's scoring machine, swung the momentum back to the Patriots' side.
A CdM turnover near midfield led to a quick counterattack by the Patriots. Lehner finished things with a goal, sparking a 7-0 run in which she produced three goals.