Phoenix Boys Varsity Lax Tops Kents HIll 10-8

Hyde School: 10 – Kents Hill: 8

Boys Varsity Lacrosse travelled to the Kents Hill School to play their 11th game of the 2016 schedule. The game was played on Kents Hill’s turf in overcast, but warm, conditions.

Despite early struggles to maintain possession, the Phoenix built an early lead for the second straight day, ending the first frame at 2-0. But by taking advantage of the uncharacteristic sloppy play from Hyde, the Huskies proved they were up for the challenge by rattling off 4 goals in most of the second quarter to the Phoenix’s 1, ready to go into halftime with a 1 goal advantage. However, with ten seconds left on the clock, Greg Kidger ‘17 (1g, 1a, 7gb) scooped a ground ball on the defensive end and ran the length of the field to score with a single second remaining for one of the more exciting plays of the game.

Coming out of halftime the game showed more of the same, with Hyde committing mental errors on offense and Kents Hill capitalizing by running a tricky offense. Their quick-cutting and unpredictability proved to be a challenge for the Phoenix defense, but in the end was not too much to handle. Goalie McGehee Porter ‘17 (15 saves) continued his fantastic 2016 campaign by coming up with timely stops at pivotal moments of the game, as well as taking it upon himself to run the ball up the field when the clear stalled for the second day in a row. The defense was led by captain Jesse Higgins ‘16, and Brett Gerry ‘16 with key contributions coming from Connor Foye ‘18, and jack-of-all-trades Thompson Upham-Davis ‘16 playing his first game of the season at defense.

The teams found themselves locked in an 8-8 tie with three minutes remaining in the game. Over the final stretch of the game, the Phoenix were able to control the ball, netting two late goals from James Kirby ‘17 (3g) and captain Aidan Bristow ‘16 (1g, 1a). Offensively, the Phoenix were paced by captain Shemar Jack ‘16 (3g, 2a), with contributions coming from Wallace Ogens ‘17 (1g) and Brandon Nelson ‘16 (1g).

With the close win, the Phoenix move to 9-2 on the year with 4 games remaining in the regular-season schedule. They look forward next to their game at home against the Tilton Rams on Wednesday the 11th, the start of a stretch with three games in four days. Tilton is a dangerous team with a competitive history, and it will be tough matchup for the Phoenix.

Coach Ellinwood