Hyde School: 17 – Fryeburg Academy: 5
Boys Varsity Lacrosse headed down to the turf this afternoon for their 7th contest of the 2016 season, a matchup with the visiting Fryeburg Academy Raiders, played in sunny and slightly windy conditions.
Coming into the game with less than 24 hours of rest and only 5 subs (a number that would dwindle to 3 by the game’s end), it would have been easy for the Phoenix boys to mail in a lackluster performance. It was clear from the first whistle however that this game would not follow that easy road. Instead, the Phoenix turned in their best offensive performance of the season coupled with their standard defensive excellence to cruise to their sixth win of the season. Many players were asked to play out of position in order to give midfielders a rest, something the players took on without second glances.
The boys came out of the gates hot, with a goal coming from captain Shemar Jack ‘16 in the opening minutes en route to his game and season high 6 goals and 5 assists. The 11-point offensive outburst was his best mark of the season and highlights his capabilities with the ball in his stick, equally comfortable dishing out feeds as taking the ball to the net himself. Also scoring early and often were Greg Kidger ‘17 (4g), captain Aidan Bristow ‘16 (2g, 1a, game-high 7gb), Wallace Ogens ‘17 (2g, 1a), Thompson Upham-Davis ‘16 (2g), and Tyler Friedlander (1g). The Phoenix played with confidence and poise, dominating the time of possession and taking control of the game in almost every facet. The offense is starting to come together and mesh heading into the heart of the season’s schedule.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Phoenix made a few uncharacteristic mistakes that led to Raider goals, but turned in another solid performance led by McGehee Porter ‘17 (10 saves), captain Jesse Higgins ‘16 (6gb), and Randy LaVea ‘16. Other noteworthy play came from Jake Durkin ‘16 at the faceoff-x, Brett Gerry ‘16, and Connor Foye ‘18.
The Phoenix look ahead now to a Saturday showdown with the visiting Hyde-Woodstock Wolfpack in what is sure to be a closely-contested game. With the boys playing some of their best lacrosse of the season, it will be a good test for both sides with President’s Cup implications.