Hyde – 4
Hebron – 5
Today, the Boy’s Varsity Lacrosse team bussed over to Hebron Academy for the first round of MAISAD playoff action. Hyde came in the game as the underdog, hoping to catch the Lumberjacks and earn a spot in the finals. Hebron struck first, sneaking one past Horning for a 1-0 lead. The Phoenix soon tied things up as Jimmy Talbott put one away. Despite strong defensive efforts from Zach Mann, Jack Howarth, and Ethan Morrow, as well as superb goaltending from Noah Horning, Hebron found the goal again. The Lumberjack’s zone defense stymied the Hyde offense who could not generate the outside shots to break it. Despite this, Talbott found the goal again, and the half ended whit Hyde down 3-2.
Although Joe Stanchina had a solid day at the face-off X and Wes Miller scooped up his fair share of ground balls as the LSM, Hebron increased their lead by another goal. The Phoenix showed their grit; however, as they fought back and Brian Edwards beat the goalie with some high heat. Hebron worked to stall the game away, but Hyde once again smothered them defensively and Talbott sparked the Phoenix spirit with a game tying goal with time slowly ticking away in the fourth. Hebron showed their own spark, however, scoring a fifth goal with mere minutes left. After the face-off, Hyde could not maintain possession of the ball and the Lumberjacks looked to be in control. Hyde, on the other hand, refused to go without a fight. With under a minute left, the Phoenix doubled the ball carrier and dislodged the ball. With the final seconds slipping off of the scoreboard, Hyde scrambled furiously to clear the ball from their defensive zone and tie the game. Unable to do so, the horn sounded with Hebron still on top, 5-4. It was a great game with a lot of heart and hustle from both squads. The Phoenix walks away from the season a different team than the one that walked into the gym on a cold March Sunday for preseason. With a unified vision forged through hard work, successes, and failures, the boys took some big steps forward this year and we are looking forward to continuing that next year.