Hyde School: 7 – Tilton School: 14
The varsity boys headed down to the turf on May 11th to play the 12th game of the 2016 season against a strong team in the Tilton School Rams. The game was played under sunny skies and warm weather.
From the first whistle this looked like it was going to be a competitive game between the two squads. Tilton showed a penchant for the the kind of unpredictable, fast-cutting offense that often gives the Phoenix defense trouble. Maximizing on Hyde mistakes, the Rams jumped out to an early 5-2 lead after the first quarter. Despite the deficit and consistent mental errors, the Hyde team fought back to win the second frame and close the half trailing 7-5. Hyde entered halftime looking to clean up their sloppy play, but was unable to do so as Tilton scored 5 unanswered goals in the third quarter to take control en route to the the 14-7 final score.
Offensively, captain Shemar Jack ‘16 (3g, 2a) showed once more his ability to carry the team, proving to be the only consistent threat to the Rams defense all day. However, when Tilton figured this out, they were able to limit his effectiveness and shut down the Hyde offense. James Kirby ‘17 (1g) contributed also, with impressive end-to-end goals coming from long-stick middie Scott O’Brien ‘17 (2g) and defenseman Jesse Higgins ‘16 (1g, game-high 7gb).
On the defensive half, Higgins and O’Brien were helped by great games from Randy LaVea ‘16 (3gb) and Brett Gerry ‘16. In the net, McGehee Porter ‘17 (15 saves) was still able to post above a 50 save percentage in his least successful start of the year, a feat in and of itself.
The Phoenix travels tomorrow to Nokomis High School to play a neutral-site game against the Maine Central Institute Huskies.