Phoenix Boys Varsity Lax: Week in Review

Hyde: 4
Kent’s Hill: 14

The Phoenix started off their season with a Maisad league game against the Huskies of Kent’s Hill.  Despite putting forth a good effort, the boys from Hyde never found their rhythm.  Ryan Moran (’15) led the team in hustle as he scooped up groundballs and played solid defense as an LSM.  Although Joe Stanchina (’14) won many of the draws at the face-off X, the Phoenix lost the ground ball war.  Noah Horning (’15) stepped into goal in the fourth quarter and made some outstanding saves against the hot Kent’s Hill offense.  Hyde’s first game was sloppy, but a good learning experience as they look to rebound against Landmark.

Game Ball: Ryan Moran

 

Hyde 15
Landmark 7

Boy’s Varsity Lacrosse landed their first win against Landmark in a dominant fashion.  After struggling in their first game, the Phoenix offense settled in and moved the ball effectively.  Aidan Sperry (’15) netted four goals and an assist as he beat his defenders and ripped shots past the Landmark keeper.  He also earned four tough groundballs in the midfield.  Captain, Mike Harris (’15) also shook loose from his defender often on his way to five goals.  Captain, Evan Robish (’14), also put his name in the book, beating the goalie twice on the day.

In the midfield, Sam Zanta (’15) had a solid day facing-off, and he scooped up four groundballs. Ryan Moran (’15) continued to impress as he hustled all over the field, playing solid team defense and jumping on four valuable groundballs.  Always hustling, Captain Wilson MacMillan (’14) earned two goals, an assist, and three groundballs through scrappy play.  Teo Meyerhoff (’14) was a clearing machine and he fought hard for groundballs between the lines.

The defense found their legs after a tough opening game, playing as a unit and communicating well.  Sam Valentine (PG), Zac Messina (’15), Eric Stone (’14), and Jack Howarth (’14) played high-pressure defense, knocking down passed, staying in position, and forcing outside shots which keeper Deker Adelman (’15) stopped cold, time and again.

Game Ball: Mike Harris

 

Hyde 10
Waynflete 6

A day after earning their first win of the season, the Phoenix continued to roll as they beat Waynflete for the first time in several years.  Offensively, Hyde spun the ball effectively around the perimeter, patiently working for good matchups.  Captain, Mike Harris (’15) proved to be a nightmare for the defense, sneaking five goals into the back of the net.  Aidan Bristow (’16) stepped up on attack and beat the Waynflete keeper twice.  Also adding one to the Phoenix tally was Max Kaplan (’15).

Hyde won the battle in the midfield, led by a fierce effort from Wilson MacMillan (’14) who won five groundballs.  Aidan Sperry (’15) imposed his will on the defense as he fired another two into the net.

Defensively, squad continued to gel, grasping the zone and working together.   Sam Valentine (PG) picked up three groundballs, and Deker Adelman (’15) owned the net with quick hands and solid technique, finding 6 saves.

Game Ball: Deker Adelman

 

Hyde 12
Mt. Ararat 5

The boys in gold wrapped up their opening stretch of four games in five days with a win over Topsham’s, Mt. Ararat.  The Eagles proved to be athletic and aggressive, but the Phoenix took it to them early.  Captains Mike Harris (’15) and Evan Robish (’14) led the attack in scoring as they put away three and two, respectively.  For his second consecutive game, Max Kaplan (’15) beat the keeper, putting in two.  While Aidan Bristow (’16) failed to find the net, his constant crease presence created openings for the offense, and his four groundballs helped maintain valuable possessions.

In the midfield, Captain Wilson MacMillan (’14) showed a level of head’s up play and unselfishness that earned the team a third of its goals through his four assists.  Gunner, Aidan Sperry (’15) also provided an assist to compliment his three goals.  The midfield stepped up tremendously in the groundball battle as Wes Miller (’14)  and Sam Zanta (’15) ran away with five and six respectively.  Leading the squad in this battle, however, was LSM Ryan Moran (’15) who scooped up seven of his own.

Eric Stone (’14) applied lots of pressure on the ball, dislodging it and scooping up five groundballs.  Zac Messina (’15) and Jack Howarth (’15) owned the defensive zone, protecting the keepers and each earning a groundball.  Deker Adelman (’15) continued to ice the few shots that the stingy defense allowed, for a total of 6 saves.

Game Ball: Wilson MacMillan