Hyde Varsity Lacrosse vs Hebron Academy
On Friday May 2, 2014 our boys headed up north for their second meeting against the Hebron Lumberjacks for the season. Although the drive up held wondrous weather in the low 60’s, sun shining, upon arrival clouds rolled in and so set in some drizzling rain.
Hurting on numbers for the bench and with little time for a warm-up coming off the bus we strapped up the pads, buckled the helmets and set off for the first draw of the game. Relying on only one of our two face-off guys Sam Zanta (’15) took all 20 draws of the game. A rough number to take on with little subbing coming from the bench Sam did his best winning just below 50% of the face-offs. Big efforts came from our middies that day whom suffered the fatigue due to low numbers. Wilson MacMillan (’14) gave the team their first rally as he notched our first goal off a great outside bouncer. Yet quick transitions and countless ball movement from the Lumberjacks had them leading by 4 putting the score 4-1 in the first. Working our own clearing game and trying to find our connection with our offense, the next goal came from sneaky sophomore attackmen Adian Bristow (’16). Placing the score 2-6 at half.
Clouds clearing, rain stopping, and a much deserved 10 minute rest for a half time break the boys found their second wind and jogged onto the field for the third quarter. Much like the second quarter goalie Noah Horning (’15) stood on his head making stellar saves trying to keep us in the battle. Alongside him his three poles held a tough defense fighting back Hebron as best they could. Zack Messina (’15) grabbed 5 key ground balls to help push the pressure towards the opposite end. On one such push Hyde got their third goal of the game from our season leading scorer Mike Harris (’15) before entering the fourth quarter. The Lumberjacks ran away from our grasp putting away several goals in the third and fourth; but as the game was winding down penalty flags began to fly due to lazy and weary play. On one such occasion we held a man-up opportunity where an unorthodox goal came off a chip shot form newly acquired addition to the team Jared Jensen (’14); also making it his first goal of the season.
Unfortunately the lack of numbers on the bench crippled us in the long run and we fell to Hebron 12-4. The Phoenix had little time for rest and mourning for the next day they would drive a little more norther to Kent’s Hill.