Hyde – 7
Kents Hill – 6
3 weeks after a tough 9-3 loss in their first contest, the Phoenix finally got to face the Huskies of Kents Hill on their home turf. Frustrated by the difficult loss and aided by several weeks of positive growth, Hyde engaged Kents Hill on Saturday with an eagerness and intensity that was palpable from the sidelines. The game turned out to be an eventful thriller with several lead changes and multiple momentum swings. Leading the Phoenix charge by halting the Huskies’ attack was Captain Alec Randall (’12), who piled up 17 saves in a tremendous show of athleticism and resolve. He stuffed numerous shots from the edge of his crease and he pushed the ball on clears despite being blanketed by an attackman on his attempts.
One of the best ways to calculate hustle and heart in lacrosse in measured in the ground ball battle. The Phoenix proved their mettle by winning 29 to the Huskies’ 20 and Scott Bartlett (’12) lead the effort in scooping up an unparalleled 10 of his own. With the effort came a sense of team as Hyde gelled in their transition game, stringing together passes that dissected the Kents Hill defense. Hyde capitalized as Tobias Weymar (’12) found the net twice and garnered two assists while the face-off/crease attack dual threat, Chester Hill (’12), earned a hat-trick as he beat the keeper 3 times on the day. Inspiration for the team was never lacking as the emotional leaders for the Phoenix, Zach Tolman (’12) and Scott Georgaklis (’12), pushed the to their best effort of the season. Down by a goal in the fourth quarter (6-5), Hyde never quit fighting and they rallied for two late goals to take home the victory
The emergence of the senior leadership is apparent, but the future of Hyde lacrosse is electrifyingly bright. Junior defenseman Ryan Cassidy stepped up after a rocky start to the season and he developed into a reliable starter and Junior Connor Champagne pushed the team with a quiet but steadfast attitude on and off the field. The Sophomores, however, are the core of the team. Wilson MacMillan lead the group with tremendous hustle and spirit. Wes Miller and Zach Heatley are evolving rapidly as lacrosse players and they stand to be dangerous players in the very near future as they combined speed and quickness with improving vision and stick skills. Hybrid attackman/midfielder Brian Edwards has one of the best sticks on the team and as his understanding of the game grows, he stands to put up big numbers in upcoming years. He, along with fellow Sophomore attackman Evan Robish each put away a goal against Kents Hill. Congratulations to the Hyde Phoenix on a well-earned victory and a great show of character.