Friday of Family Weekend the boys had the matchup against Gould Academy on a sunny yet windy day. An abundance of energy and enthusiasm poured from the boys during warm ups for the excitement to play in front of a large home crowd. In previous games Gould had punched the Phoenix in the mouth and today the team was looking to change that statistic.
Keeping the opposition at bay the stout performance of our poles only allowed 9 shots on the day! Shout outs go to our close defenders Peter Santry (’16) who nabbed 4 groundballs and Jesse Higgins (’16) who also got 4 groundballs and even took a shot on cage during a fast break he initiated. Short stick defense shout outs go to Brandon Nelson (’17) and Dylan Budd (’16) who helped push the ball from our end during quick transitions off of loose ball sitiatuions and clears. Noah Horning (’15) had a marvelous day in net making 6 saves and only allowing 1 goal all game. Within the midfield, long stick midfielder Ryan Moran (’15) became critical in the wing play on faceoffs pushing and helping our team get the ball for frequent offensive possessions. Sam Zanta (’15) stonewalled Goulds’ faceoff team all day winning all but one draw giving him a 94% win percentage on the day; his best performance this season.
Offensively the Phoneix played as a single unit, a family, and dominated the field. Battering Goulds’ defense and netminder they used constant ball movement, smart footwork and a countless amount of shots; the boys were relentless. Some impressive statistics include: 6 different players having 5 or more shots, 3 guys grabbing more than 6 groundballs a piece, and 5 shooters on the day that found goals. Captain Mike Harris (’15) led the team in goals with four, Shemar Jack (’16) notched three, both Decker Adelman (’15) and Adian Sperry (’15) had two and Sam Zanta got one as well. A final guy who deserves recognition for continuous hard work and hustle in the game finished the day with 7 groundballs and 5 shots was sophomore Greg Kidger (’17).
At the end the boys secured an extraordinary win and walked off the field with the final score of 12-1. The atmosphere of Family Weekend didn’t faze the team but instead bolstered them impressively making their record 7-2. Their next matchup comes next Wednesday at home against Kents Hill.