Hyde School: 7 – North Yarmouth Academy: 1
Boys Varsity lacrosse headed down to the turf yesterday to play the North Yarmouth Academy Panthers for their 3rd contest of the 2016 season. Despite earlier forecasts, the rain held off and the game was played in overcast, but mild, conditions.
Coming into the game with confidence after starting the season 2-0, the Phoenix struggled to get onto the board early, relying on a tight-knit defense to carry a 0-0 tie into the end of the first quarter. Playing with a small bench and no long-stick subs, the defense continued its stellar 2016 campaign thanks to stalwart McGehee Porter ‘17 (16 saves, .872 save percentage on the season), captain Jesse Higgins ‘16 (team-high 9gb), Brett Gerry ‘16, and Connor Foye ‘18. Parker Ward ‘17 made his first start of the season, playing smart defense in his debut. The Phoenix defense is averaging an impressive 2.0 goals against average through the first 3 games, and looks to continue their efforts.
Offensively, the scoring was started once again by captain Shemar Jack ‘16 (2g, 1a), with Greg Kidger ‘17 (2g, 2a), and James Kirby ‘17 (2g) each chipping in goals before the end of the half. Despite low numbers and struggles maintaining possession at times in the first half, the Phoenix boys carried a 3-1 advantage into the halftime intermission.
Coming out of the locker room the team looked to put the game away, with Tim Nickerson ‘17 (1g) firing home a picked-off pass to make up for an earlier miscue. The team settled down in the second half, proving themselves once again a group with the ability to finish a game strong. They buried three more goals and refused to allow any good looks on the defensive half of the ball en route to the 7-1 final score. Noteworthy play came from Jake Durkin ‘16 at the faceoff-x, Brandon Nelson ‘16, and Conor Rowe ‘18.
This was our strongest test so far in the 2016 season, and the boys proved that even without the depth we usually carry, they can take control of a game. Our next test will be tomorrow at home (3pm) against Hebron Academy, in what will be a rematch of last season’s MAISAD Championship game. The Phoenix will look to come out firing and place themselves once again among the MAISAD elite.