CREVE COEUR • Andy Kay doesn’t get bogged down in tactics or nuances. The MICDS boys lacrosse coach is a believer in fundamentals.
And speed. Lots and lots of speed.
“We spend 90 percent of our practices on stick skill development,” Kay said. “A lot of teams get bogged down in Xs and Os. That’s the difference between us and other programs.”
Those differences were on full display Friday afternoon, as MICDS powered its way past rival Ladue 10-4 at the Ladue West campus (formerly Westminster Christian Academy).
Mac Cornwell, William Morehead and Jack Howell each scored twice as the Rams gave up the first goal and then scored eight unanswered to take control of the match. Cornwell ran his season total to 39, far and away tops on the team.
“We play a fast-paced, up-and-down style,” Kay said. “Our goal is to shoot 40 to 50 times a game. I think we did that today.”
MICDS (10-1) was the state runner-up to Rockhurst last season. The Rams returned a healthy chunk of last year’s roster and have spent this spring taking their revenge on whoever has crossed their path. They’ve already beaten Rockhurst and St. Louis University High, another title contender, by one-goal margins. Everyone else has been at their mercy. In their last six matches, all wins, the Rams have averaged just under 15 goals. Their only loss came against St. Stephens & St. Agnes at Georgetown University.
Ladue (4-6) was no match for the MICDS attack. After Chase Cornwell gave Ladue the early lead, MICDS flexed its offensive muscle. It forced Ladue to chase it as it whipped the ball around the field. With the ball moving every which way, gaps developed in the defense. Foster Bundy and Morehead exploited those gaps with great runs that put them in front of the net that drew MICDS even and then put it ahead to stay.
Ladue was held scoreless until late in the third quarter when Timmy McCormick finally broke through.
“You know what you’re getting into when you play MICDS,” Ladue coach Dave Lisi said. “You know they’re going to be really well-coached kids.”
Chandler Millstone is Ladue’s top playmaker. Though he didn’t score until late in the match, Millstone, a Colgate recruit, was the offensive catalyst. He pushed the offensive pace and made Ladue dangerous.
“He’s definitely gifted,” Lisi said.
Millstone is also Ladue’s faceoff man. He went head-to-head with MICDS’s Christian Catsavis. Catsavis won his fair share, which had Kay grinning ear-to-ear.
“He did an unbelievable job today,” Kay said. “He gave us so many possessions.”
MICDS will take its show on the road Friday when it takes part in the Mile High Classic in Denver. The Rams will play Kent Denver, one of the nation’s premier prep programs, between a pair of high-profile college games.