On Friday evening (3/29), the Hyde Boys Varsity Lacrosse team faced their first opponents of the year in a friendly match on the Bath campus against Mount Ararat High School. For both teams, it was their first opportunity to put their practice to the test against an outside opponent. Although it was more of a scrimmage-like game, it was a lot of fun and also a chance to help get both teams ready to begin competing within their respective conferences. The final score was a bit lopsided in favor of Hyde at 14 to 6 but in actuality it was a very close match. Many of the Hyde goals were the result of quick transition play in which minor mistakes resulted in points on the board. Both head coaches seemed content at the end of the contest as it provided each of them an opportunity to see what they need to fine-tune before their seasons really begin to heat up. Mount Ararat’s coach was thankful to have a chance to put his defense to the test against some highly skilled attackmen. For Hyde, the game was a critical indicator that we need to have more patience on offense and that we need to apply greater pressure on defense.
Although it was a friendly season opener, there is certainly still some praise to given for some excellent play. On the attack, Jimmy Talbott ’15 netted a very impressive 9 goals and helped put another one in with an assist against the Eagles. Jimmy has joined the Hyde program after playing for Cheverus down the road in Portland and we count ourselves lucky to have him. Another crucial addition from Brewster Academy to the Phoenix team is Mike Harris ’15. Mike has been the dominant voice on the field so far this year, which has translated into some strong selfless play as he tallied up 5 assists and 3 goals on Friday. We are expecting big things from both Mike and Jim this year as they should certainly help keep Hyde in the hunt for a championship. In addition, Evander Lenardson ’14 skillfully scored 2 goals as well. Evander was the quarterback of the football team in the fall, so we are excited to have that kind of vision and leadership on the field this year. At midfield, Nabil Eshraghian ’13 and Wilson MacMillan ’14 both had strong games. Nabil and Wilson did an excellent job of carrying the ball and pushing our transition offense for the day. Other exciting midfielders were Ryan Moran ’14, who had a great assist, Ethan Morrow ’13, and Joe Stanchina ’14. In the backfield on defense, our efforts were led by Jack Howarth ’14, who served as anchor for our defense as they came together as unit to figure out how to effectively contain some of Mount Ararat’s offensive threats, especially from their midfield. Omar Harris ’14 was also key to keeping Hyde ahead on the scoreboard by pressuring the Eagles when they possessed the ball. The star of the game, however, was first-time goalie Andrew Davis ’15 who had 15 saves on the day. Although understandably hesitant at first, Andrew stepped into his role willing to work and learn every day, which translated into a very successful first showing in the net.
On Wednesday, Hyde faces its first league opponent in Kent’s Hill here at home on the Hyde turf. We are excited to take what we learned from our contest against Mount Ararat and continue to move forward and be a real contender this spring. Friday certainly set a great tone for the season. Go Phoenix!