Weekend Lacrosse: AOF stays perfect, ‘Wick drops another and more

In another week of lacrosse action, AOF was able to stay perfect with another rolling victory over Tabor Academy, while Brunswick suffered its second loss in the early stages of the season. Here’s how it all happened:

Avon 12-3 Tabor Academy

Avon was able to push their winning streak to 4 games and stay undefeated on the season (4-0). The defending Founders League champions have been able to breeze through in their opening games outscoring their opponents 59 to 13 and even shutout Northfield Mount Hermon at home last week.

AOF was led in attack by Brent Noseworthy (Michigan), Matt Hahn (Air Force), Ryan Lanchbury (Richmond), and Kevin Hutchison (Syracuse) all tacked on two goals for the home team.

Avon’s defense will be a big focus and a strong suit later in the season when they face Brunswick, Deerfield, Taft, and Salisbury in a span of just 2 weeks.

For now, Avon will host Bridgton Academy on Wednesday before the Beavers get into the Founders League meat of the schedule.

Haverford 8-7 Brunswick

The Bears traveled to Haverford, Pennsylvania to take on Haverford Prep (7-0) who some consider the number one team in the country.

The Bears were pushed hard in this one against Haverford and were trailing 4-3 at the half. Haverford continued to control the play and held a 7-6 lead going into the 4th Quarter, but Brunswick was able to battle back and tie the game at 7 with just over 4 minutes remaining. Then with time winding down Haverford finished over the Bears with a goal by Forry Smith (Hopkins) off a feed from Grant Ament (Penn State) to make it 8-7. This win moved Brunswick’s record to 4-2, and allowed Haverford to stay undefeated at 8-0.

Brunswick came into the game with a record of 4-1, two of these wins were against Founders league schools. After returning from their trip from Florida, Brunswick fell to powerhouse Deerfield in a nail-biting 9-8 game.

The Bears came back strong with two wins following the loss, one was a decisive victory over Loomis Chaffee by a score of 9-3, and the other was 14-8 over a very strong Taft team.

The one guarantee about this Brunswick team is that they can score; in five games they have averaged 12 goals a game. Their defense has been strong as well giving up just 32 goals in 5 games.

Westminster 6-8 Taft

On Saturday, Taft was able to take down a strong Westminster team on the road under the lights. Taft kicked off the scoring when Xander Dickson ’18 found Jake Rothman ’16 to make it 1-0. The Marlets then answered, scoring on one of their four 1st quarter man-up attempts. The first quarter ended with a score of 1-1.

In the second, the Taft offense exploded for six goals lead by Junior Matt Davies ’16 who notched a hat trick in the quarter.

Kyle Salvatore ’17 and James Stewart ’16 also got scored a goal apiece and captain Eli Cooper ’15 capped the scoring in the quarter to make it 7-3 at half. In the third and fourth Taft played shut down defense allowing only three second half goals.

In net for Taft, Hanley Frantz ’16 was outstanding finishing with 14 saves while allowing only 6 goals. This win pushed Taft’s record to 3-3 on the season, and they will host Millbrook on Wednesday. This was Westminster’s first loss of the season, putting their record at 3-1.

They will look to bounce back on Wednesday at home in a huge game against Salisbury.

Deerfield 12-5 Choate

The Boars dropped their second straight game after starting the season wins three wins. After outscoring their opponents 33 to 10 in their first three games, Choate has struggled to play consistently, in their past two game they have been outscored 22 to 9.

Deerfield was able to bounce back after dropping two tough games in a row to Westminster and Lawrenceville, both by a lone goal. Choate will have a tough week in front of them while trying to get back to their winning ways, as they will travel to the Gunnery on Wednesday and host Avon on Saturday.

Trinity Pawling 22-4 Canterbury

The Pride were able to make a statement at home against Canterbury. After opening the season with a 10-7 loss to Loomis Chaffee followed up by a 7-6 loss to Salisbury, the TP needed to steady the ship, and that’s exactly what they got on Saturday.

Things were looking down for the Pride coming into this weekend, but they scored early and often against Canterbury, taking a 12-1 lead into the half. The Pride offense continued to prove to be too much for the Canterbury defense and potted another 10 goals in the second half.

Trinity Pawling will try to stay on track on Wednesday as they face Deerfield at Loomis Chaffee.

Northfield Mount Hermon 4-11 Hotchkiss

The Bearcats (1-4) were able to notch their first win of the season after a tough start, losing their first four games. After averaging just 5 goals in their first four games, the Hotchkiss offense exploded for 11 goals against a NMH team that has struggled against Founders League teams as of late.

The difference in this one for Hotchkiss opposed to their first four games was their defense. After giving up 57 goals against in those four games (average of 14 per game), they played strong, physical defense which help limit Northfield’s scoring chances. The Bearcats will travel to Berkshire on Wednesday in attempt to win their second straight game.

Berkshire 6-13 Loomis Chaffee

Coming into the game having already matched their win total from last year, Loomis looked to improve upon their 4-1 record.

Loomis’s much-improved offense from last year has allowed them to be successful so far this campaign. All of last season, Loomis scored 10 or more goals just twice, and this year they have completed that task in 4 of their 6 games.

Although their defense is not to be forgotten, they have averaging 6 goals against a game, miles better compared to last year’s average of 11 goals against a game. With the win, the Pelicans pushed their record to 5-1, we will see if they can continue their strong start on Wednesday as they travel to Kent.