Phoenix Boys Varsity Lacrosse Takes on Gould

Hyde School: 9 – Gould: 6

Boys Varsity Lacrosse traveled to Gould Academy on Gould’s family weekend to face off for the second time in 2016. The Phoenix played a 4pm start under sunny skies on Gould’s smaller-than-average turf field.

With a shortened warm-up and (as previously mentioned) a field smaller than what the Phoenix were accustomed to, the boys stumbled a bit out of the gate, falling behind early. Playing in front of their parents and looking for their first win after a streak of vast improvement, the Gould team came out firing and took advantage of the Phoenix starting on their heels. By the end of the first quarter the game was locked in a 2-2 tie, with Gould continuing their efforts on the way to a 4-3 halftime advantage.

The Phoenix were undone early by minor mistakes, turning the ball over frequently and finding their way to the penalty box several times in the opening frames. After much needed halftime adjustments however, they returned to the brand of Hyde lacrosse that has led to so much success in the first half of the season’s schedule. The Phoenix would score three goals in the third quarter to take the lead, which they never relinquished in the second half. The offense was paced by Kyler Hella ‘17 (3g), scoring a hat trick in his first start of the season on attack. He was helped by captains Shemar Jack ‘16 (2g, 1a) and Aidan Bristow ‘16 (2g, 1a), Thompson Upham-Davis ‘16 (2g), Wallace Ogens ‘17 (1g, 1a), and Greg Kidger ‘17 (1g). Though it was their second-lowest scoring output of the season, the Phoenix were able to make the necessary adjustments to put the ball in the net on a day when they didn’t have their best.

Defensively, the play was paced by captain Jesse Higgins ‘16 (7gb), Nick Mortazavi ‘16 (5gb), and long-stick middies Scott O’Brien ‘17 (6gb) and Randy LaVea ‘16 (4gb). Between the pipes, McGehee Porter ‘17 played up to his usual standard, chipping in with 10 saves. Other notable play came from Jake Durkin ‘16 and Tyler Friedlander ‘18 on the midfield.

In the end, it was a great test of willpower for the Phoenix as they pushed their winning streak to five games and pulled their season record up to 8-1. They look next to an away game this Friday at rival Hebron Academy, hoping to avenge their only loss of the season. It’s sure to be a closely contested battle and a great game.

Coach Ellinwood