Today, the Men’s Varsity Lacrosse Team bussed down to Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland in order to participate in the Portland High School Preseason Play Day. As a final chance to hone their stick skills and build unity as a team before the regular season begins, the Phoenix faced Deering High School, Portland High School and Fryeburg Academy in shortened games(25 minutes long).
In Hyde’s first contest of the day, the team face the Portland Public School, Deering. The defensive battle ended in a 1-0 win for the Phoenix thanks to Attackman Chester Hill (’12), who beat the Deering keeper for the lone goal of the affair. While the offense struggled to find its feet, the shorthanded defense held the fort. Due the absence of two starting defensemen, Nikita Smolentsev (’12) and Ryan Cassidy (’13) joined starter and Captain, Zach Tolman (’12) as they dominated the Deering attack. Wilson MacMillan (’14) also displayed his determination as he scooped up a team high, four groundballs and he was a major factor in the clearing effort. Among many unmentioned who contributed on defense, Tyquan Ekejiuba (’13) played strong defense from the midfield position. The Game Ball, however, goes unquestionably to the Captain Alec Randall (’12), who played an inspired and unwavering game in the goal for Hyde as he notched 7 saves and didn’t allow a score.
The second game of the day proved to be a challenge for the stout Hyde defense as they took on the high-powered offense of Portland High School. The good off-ball movement and strong passing of the Bulldogs tested the discipline of the Phoenix. Once again, the defense proved to be solid, allowing only two goals. For the second time in the day, goalie Alec Randall (’12) stepped forward as the player of the game with some great saves, quick clearing passes, and positive leadership. Chester Hill (’12) scored the only goal for the Phoenix but Ben Burlock (’12) and Evan Robish (’14) stepped in at attack midway through the game and sparked the offense which began moving the ball and finding some solid shots.
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In the final game of the day, Hyde slipped into a sense of complacency in the first part of the match. The Phoenix displayed their ability to keep fighting as they pulled themselves together. Led by 3 goals, 6 groundballs, and a great showing at the faceoff “x” from Chester Hill (’12), Hyde found their stride and quickly outpaced the Raiders. Evan Robish (’14), Ben Burlock (’13), and Jamal Frazer-Borden (’13) also found the net. Scott Georgaklis (’12) made his goalie debut for Hyde and blanked Fryeburg with 3 saves in the game.