Phoenix Boys JV Lax Doesn’t Quit vs. Brunswick Dragons

Team:  Boys Future Varsity Lacrosse

Date:   May 6, 2014

Score:  Hyde BATH:  4    Brunswick High School: 10

Highlights:

The Future Phoenix travelled to the home of Bowdoin College to take on the Brunswick Dragons on their home turf.  Ground Balls Win Games (GBWG). It is a short phrase with a big meaning.  A well-disciplined Dragon team came out and immediately dominated the GBWG, quickly jumping out to a four nothing lead in the first 5 minutes of the game.  Missing two solid defensemen for lack of conscience did not help the Phoenix situation. However, Andrew Hill’15 (5 ground balls, 3 strips and 2 clears on the day) stepped up and grabbed a long pole to help the defensive cause.  David WU ’15 (5 ground balls, 3 shots on net, and 3 hustle clears) worked as a midfielder and enabled the offense to take a few cracks at the net.  The Phoenix did not quit as Mike Friedman ’15 (9 ground balls, 2 strips, and 11 shots on net) added a goal as did Greg Kidger ’17 (4 GB’s and 7 shots on net).   The first period ended with the dragons scorching the phoenix feather 5 – 2.

Goalie Hang Zhao ’15 (18 saves on the day) once again played an exceptional game in net, even hitting the post on an end to end clear for the shot on his fellow goalie. Tenzin Crane ’15, (4 ground balls, 3 strips and 3 clears) and Grayson Jones ’17 (3 ground balls, 1 strip and 3 clears) again played “Tough-D” in front of him.  Kidger added his second goal midway through the second quarter…unfortunately, the dragons added 4 more to their tally to close the half up 9 – 3.  The phoenix would not go away.

The third quarter saw a scoreless tie as both teams traded saves and GB’s.  The patch work defenses held and the offense began to control the ball, adding more shots on net and maintaining possession in the offensive zone. Lawson Lin ’15 (4 ground balls, 2 strips and 2 clears) picked up a long pole to take on a man down situation while Paul Xi ’15 (2 ground balls, 2 strips and 1 clear) also played man down positions during (in a relatively penalty free game) man down situations.

The fourth saw tough D on both sides with Greg Kidger scoring his 3rd goal of the game and a Brunswick Dragon named Jensen closed out the scoring to end the game 10- 4.

Captain Hang Zhao ‘15 earned the “Dirty-Ball” for his Heart, Hustle (and coaches Heart Attack when he carries the ball end to end for a shot…TWICE!) during the game.