Lacrosse: AOF streaking, Choate edges Westy and more

Avon and Choate are leading the pack in the early-season lacrosse action as both squads stand with a 4-0 record heading into this weekend’s slate. The Winged Beavers fought off a hungry Berkshire team, while Choate walked out of Simsbury with a win in the dying minutes of the game.

Here’s how all the action panned out:

Avon 13-8 Berkshire

On a beautiful Wednesday afternoon, Avon headed north to Berkshire looking to keep their 3-0 record in tact. The Winged Beavers worked hard to produce a solid victory over the Bears of Berkshire.

Certainly Avon’s offense was working well as they were able to put 13 goals past Berkshire. This is in large part due to Mike Herring ’15 (UVA) having an outstanding performance. Herring scored a total of 5 goals and tallied 4 assists, which gave him very important 9 points on the day.

Also, a resilient defensive lineup for Avon evidenced their grit as they were able to stave off a bold Berkshire attack throughout the game. It is no doubt that if Avon can keep up such great offensive production, then they certainly will be a hard team to beat going forward.

Now 4-0 on the season, the Winged Beavers look to extend this streak to five this Saturday as they travel to play Tabor Academy.

Westminster 5-6 Choate

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Photo credit: Student Sports (@studentsports1)

In a classic Founders League duel between two very strong teams, it all came down to which team could capitalize on tired legs in the fourth quarter, and by doing so, Choate (4-0 this season) walked away with a hard-fought victory. In a similar vein to last year’s clash in which Choate walked away with an OT win, the visitors had to fight tooth and nail to earn the result.

Choate came into the game riding on a three-game win streak, having previously beat Kent by a comfortable margin. As for the Martlets, they were coming off a heart-breaking triple overtime loss to Deerfield. Despite coming from opposite ends of the spectrum in their last games, the clash made for an impressive battle between both teams.

Heading into the fourth quarter, the score was deadlocked at 5-5, but it was Choate who was able to keep pushing, eventually notching the game-winning goal as time wound down. Coupled with persistent and strong defense, Choate was able to thwart the Martlet’s last ditch efforts to scratch back a goal and escaped with an exciting win.

Next on Westminster’s slate is a return to their home field as they host Taft this Saturday, and the Martlets will surely be motivated to get a win. Up next for Choate, they look forward to hosting Deerfield this coming Saturday in what looks to be a promising game.

Hotchkiss 8-7 (3 OT) Loomis-Chaffee

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Jack Sharrio ’14 (Photo credit: Hotchkiss School)

This matchup and performance by both teams made for an absolutely thrilling contest this past Wednesday. Just like last year, these two teams were separated by a goal, only this time it took three overtimes to find it.

Loomis came out with a strong start and set the tone of the game early and took a 4-2 lead into halftime. However, the Bearcats were not disheartened by this deficit and fought back. After constantly battling and chipping away at the Pelicans’ lead, with 0:08 left in the fourth quarter, Hotchkiss was able to find the game-tying goal to knot the teams at 7-7 and sent the Hotchkiss sideline into a frenzy. Being so evenly matched, the two teams kept battling up until the game’s third overtime. For Hotchkiss, third time’s the charm as they were able to find the game winning goal thanks to Jack Sharrio ’14 as he helped his team pull away with 8-7 victory.

With momentum certainly on the Bearcat’s side, they look to continue winning when they host NMH this Saturday. Loomis drops to 1-3 on the season and will want to end their three-game skid when they host Berkshire, also Saturday.

Trinity-Pawling 5-8 Salisbury

This game certainly had some of the most build-up going into Wednesday, and it proved to be a great battle between the two squads, but it was Salisbury with the come-from-behind victory over the Pride from TP.

When these two teams met last year, Salisbury was able to pull out with a victory, and TP was looking to set the record straight this year.

In the first half, TP came out with a very strong showing and entered the locker room at halftime with a 3-2 lead. Certainly something was tweaked during halftime by Salisbury because they came out firing on all cylinders, both offensively and defensively. In the third quarter alone, Salisbury was able to score four unanswered goals to put them up 6-2 going into the fourth quarter.

TP gave it a strong effort in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to regain the lead as the Salisbury defense stood strong and finished the game winning 8-5.

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Having lost their second game in a row, TP looks to right the ship this coming Saturday when they travel to Canterbury and look to return to winning ways.

Taft 4-11 Brunswick

A red-hot Taft team came into this game riding a three-game win streak. But Brunswick is consistently a tough matchup for any team in New England, and the Bears proved to be too much to handle as they halted Taft’s win streak.

The last time these two teams met, it took an overtime to decide the victor, so certainly both teams went into this game knowing it would be a fight requiring a strong performance to win. Taft was the first to strike on the day, but after that, Brunswick tied the game and never looked back.

Heading into the fourth quarter, Brunswick was up 6-2 and finished the game with an exceptional fourth quarter, winning 11-4. Despite this loss, a positive note for Taft was that senior Jack Collins ’14 (Brown) was able to net a hat-trick on the day, and his team looks for him to keep producing moving forward.

Taft looks to learn from this experience against an extremely skilled opponent, as well as use this game as motivation to perform better when they travel to Westminster this Saturday and look to secure a crucial Founder’s League win.

Kingswood-Oxford 6-15 Canterbury

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Kingswood-Oxford was looking to carry the momentum gained from a dramatic 9-8 OT victory over Greens Farms Academy over the weekend into its clash with Canterbury.

Unfortunately, the Wyverns were not able to pull off back-to-back wins, and the Saints walked away with their first victory of the year.

Kent 9-5 Millbrook

The Lions took down out-of-league foe Millbrook for their second win of the season.

Having previously been beaten by Choate over last weekend, Kent can now try to take this win into their Founders League clash with Loomis Chaffee next Wednesday.

The Lions will be well-rested for that game, as they have no weekend lacrosse action.