Lacrosse: AOF wins bragging rights; LC stuns Deerfield and more

With a slew of great lacrosse action midweek, rivalries were renewed and former giants were taken down. Elsewhere, another Founders League clash between Kent and Hotchkiss went down to the wire while Loomis, TP, and KO met tough outer-league squads.

Featured Image Credit: Avon Old Farms School

Here’s how they fared:

Avon Old Farms 8-6 Westminster

AOF WESTY

Credit: GKess Films. hopped across the town border to Simsbury to battle the Martlets. Both teams were coming off strong league victories, and combined with the existing rivalry, this contest forebode a grueling matchup.

Undefeated in New England play, AOF travelled to Westminster to renew their crosstown rivalry with a formidable league opponent in the Martlets.

Avon took control of the game in the third quarter as they picked up four goals to take a 7-4 advantage into the final quarter. Seniors Luke Finneran and A/M Brent Noseworthy (Michigan) — who dominated faceoffs against Brian Smyth (Duke) — scored two goals a piece in the third to put a stranglehold on Westy, who had kept it close all game.

Westy’s comeback fell short as they outscored AOF 2-1 in the final frame. Scott Seymour ’15 and Smyth ’16 each had two goals for Westminster.

Avon continues with their Founders League play Saturday at Kent while Westminster travels to Millbrook.

Loomis Chaffee 11-7 Deerfield

The Pelicans rolled into northern Massachusetts Wednesday afternoon with one goal in mind: beat Deerfield.

They had not Screen Shot 2014-05-31 at 12.55.29 PMaccomplished this task in almost ten years.

Going into the half, they found themselves in a familiar spot against a familiar foe: down 5-4. This, to the dismay of Deerfield, failed to discourage them as they scored six unanswered goals to take a commanding 10-5 lead with three minutes to play.

While Deerfield showed some life near the end, the Pelicans sealed the game with one final goal. Peter DeSimone ’15 led LC with four goals and two assists.

Fresh off this historical win, Loomis again has yet another long road trip to Exeter on Saturday. Deerfield, meanwhile, hopes to snap a rare two-game skid at Andover.

Choate 2-3 Taft

It was a low-scoring affair as the Wild Boars charged into Rhino territory looking to take them down. After a disheartening last-second loss to the Winged Beavers, this seemed like the perfect Founders rebound game for them. They were foiled, however, by great Taft defense and 12 saves from goaltender Hanley Frantz ’16.

That’s not a knock on Choate either, as only allowing three goals will win most high school games.

The Wild Boars have a week off before trying to bounce back against the Brunswick Bruins. Taft, meanwhile, remains undefeated in Founder’s League play and looks to stretch their win streak to three on Saturday against NMH.

Kent 7-8 Hotchkiss

The Bearcats were in dire need of a huge win after only winning two of their first seven games. They did just that as William Pasik ’15 scored with two seconds left to seal the victory.

Not only was it a possible huge turning point in their season, but it improved their Founder’s League record to 1-1 as they lost to Loomis in their first league game. They take their newfound confidence into Salisbury on Saturday.

The loss dropped the Lions to 0-2 in league play. They face a difficult opponent when the Winged Beavers come to visit Saturday. Can Kent spoil Avon’s undefeated record and turn around their season?

Trinity Pawling 15-1 Northfield Mount Hermon

The Pride became the latest Founders League team too cruise by NMH. Against Hotchkiss, Avon, and TP, they have been outscored 61-9.

Justin Scott ’16 scored a hat trick in the first half for TP which contributed to their 7-0 halftime edge. It was a much needed victory for the Pawling, NY team in the Founders League as they only had one win before this contest.

They hope to craft their first win streak of the year when they host Berkshire on Saturday.