Hyde School: 4 – Hebron Academy: 10
The boys varsity team traveled to Hebron Academy on Saturday to play the Lumberjacks for the third time in the 2016 season, this time with the MAISAD Championship on the line. In a rematch of last year’s title game, which Hyde won in an upset, the Lumberjacks locked down and made it a tough afternoon for the visiting Phoenix.
Though the Phoenix traded goals with them early in the first quarter, Hebron pulled away early, building a 4-1 lead after the opening twelve minutes of play and a 5-2 advantage by the halftime intermission. While the Phoenix offense played well in the loss, the story of the day was their inability to get offensive possessions. Multiple failed clear attempts coupled with stellar play by the Hebron faceoff men led to the Lumberjacks dominating the time of possession in the game.
With multiple Phoenix players going down with injuries throughout the game, the offense was left thin and turned once again to captain and offensive catalyst Shemar Jack ‘16 (4g) who netted all of Hyde’s points on unassisted shots. While they weren’t able to get on the board, Wallace Ogens ‘17, Tim Nickerson ‘17, and James Kirby ‘17 all played well while nursing injuries at different points in the game.
Though they came out on the short end of the stick, the defense worked as hard as they have all year in front of goalie McGehee Porter ‘17 (17 saves). Led by captain Jesse Higgins ‘16, Nick Mortazavi ‘16, Brett Gerry ‘16, and a fantastic game from Scott O’Brien ‘17 (team-high 5gb), the defense kept their heads high and fought to the final whistle in the loss. Also contributing on both ends of the field were middies Brandon Nelson ‘16, Thompson Upham-Davis ‘16, and Tyler Friedlander ‘18.
While the boys were unable to come away with the victory, they can be proud of the way they handled themselves in a game in which they never quit. The hustle and grit showed by everyone on the field will carry over well into their next game, a Monday matchup with Berwick Academy in the first round of the McCoy Cup, a tournament of the top small schools in New England. The Phoenix enter the game as the 3 seed in the eastern side of the bracket, traveling down to Berwick to play the 2nd seeded Bulldogs. Berwick will be a tough opponent as the Phoenix look to prolong their season for another game.