Huskies befuddle Mather, push record to 3-3

? Cunningham notches four goals, Corwin three.

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By BRAD SPENCER

The OPRF boys' lacrosse team dominated Mather on Saturday so much so that Mather ended up scoring a goal in its own net.

The Huskies crushed Mather 17-1 to even out their record at 3-3 on the season. Terry Cunningham led the onslaught with four goals, while Nate Corwin and Brad Raad added three goals apiece. Mike Steffen chipped in two goals, and Mike Gedvilas and Mike Connor scored a goal apiece. Mather contributed to the loss by knocking in a goal on a poor pass to the goalkeeper in the second half.

While he was pleased with his team's scoring production against Mather on Saturday, OPRF head coach Dan Ganschow was hoping the Huskies would be further along developmentally by now.

"We dropped a few games earlier in the season we probably shouldn't have, and that hurt us," said Ganschow, referring to a 10-9 loss to Hinsdale Central in the season opener. The Huskies have also lost to Barrington and New Trier this season. "The guys have to go out there and play hard and have confidence and use the tools we've taught them in practice. What happens is sometimes they panic when we go up against tough teams. But we can produce big numbers on offense when we're focused and executing."

Corwin is currently leading the Huskies in scoring and assists with 16 points. Cunningham has 14 points.

Ganschow said he's been impressed with the play of Mike Keleher, who won 16 of 20 face offs on Saturday.

"I wasn't sure what Mike's role was going to be when the season began, but he has filled the shoes of Jason Momenthy, who graduated last year. Keleher is an excellent face-off guy, much like Momenthy was," Ganschow said. "He has been producing for us."

Eric Brown has been busy keeping OPRF in games this season. The goalkeeper saved all six shots on goal against Manther, and has racked up 48 saves in four games.

"Eric is taking a lot of shots for us, and we don't exactly want that to be the case. Our defense needs to step up," said Ganschow.

After taking on Lyons Township Tuesday (after deadline), the Huskies host Naperville North on Saturday (1 p.m.).

Ganschow said he's optimistic his team will continue to put up big numbers.

"We're going to start clicking eventually and the consistency will be there," he said. "We just have to stay focused."

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