On Saturday, Hyde traveled up the road to battle the Pomfret School for bragging rights here in the “quiet corner” of Connecticut. Pomfret jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the opening minutes but Hyde managed to get on the board with a nice feed from Jared Larsen ’13 to Joe Yanovitch ’13 who scored to cut the deficit to 3-1. For much of the remainder of the first quarter, Hyde was on the defensive end of the field and some great saves from goalie Blake Smaldone ’12 held back a Pomfret run. Unfortunately, a costly turnover cost the Wolfpack and Pomfret scored to put the score at 4-1. Hyde continued to make mistakes and a penalty put the powerful Pomfret offense in a power play opportunity. A great defensive play forced a Pomfret turnover by mid-fielder Connor McLaughlin ’13 and resulted in him going coast-to-coast to score a goal as time expired in the first quarter to put the score at 4-2. In the second quarter, Danny Gill ’12 won the face-off and fed the ball to Larsen ’13 who scored to get Hyde even closer 4-3. Once again, with the momentum shifting in Hyde’s favor costly mistakes on the defensive end allowed Pomfret to score again to go ahead 5-3. After a timeout, Hyde got re-energized and senior attackman Kevin McMorrow ’12 dodged thru 3 defenders to cut the lead to 5-4 with six minutes to play in the half. Pomfret called a timeout and quickly scored a goal to go up 6-4 which was soon followed by another 3 goals to go into halftime up 9-4.
At halftime, you could see that the heat and lack of numbers was not working in the boys favor on the day and Pomfret was ripe to capitalize. Pomfret came out on fire in the second half and wore down the defensive unit and cruised to victory 17-7. Despite the loss, goalies Smaldone ’12 and Cullum Thompson ’12 were outstanding and the Pomfret coaches could not say enough great things about their play on the day. The boys will need to bounce back and battle to compete for an SENE championship. Next up first round of the SENE tourney vs. St. Thomas Moore on Weds. @ 4:15.