Lacrosse: Avon wins another, Hotchkiss downs Berkshire and more

The mid-week lacrosse action saw a fifth-consecutive victory for Avon Old Farms, a fourth-straight for Hotchkiss, and tough losses for Westminster and Trinity-Pawling amongst other results. But with several important Founders League matchups on tap for this weekend, the teams will know that it’s all to play for in a few days’ time.

Here’s what happened Wednesday:

Avon Old Farms 9-3 Bridgton Academy

The Winged Beavers hosted Bridgton Academy on an unusually frigid Wednesday in mid-April. Both teams were looking to walk off the field with the win.

The hosts recorded another comfortable victory, continuing their unbeaten streak, and the Winged Beavers will look to extend that streak going into their first Founders League game this weekend against Choate.

Hotchkiss 12-6 Berkshire

The Bearcats hosted Berkshire on game day, coming off an impressive 14-5 win against Northfield Mount Hermon.

Hotchkiss came out swinging and immediately asserted their dominance, as the home team never trailed in the match. The game was clearly controlled by the Bearcats, and they were led by Jack Sharrio ’14 (2 goals) to another win in the books.

Hotchkiss has arguably their most difficult test yet this weekend in a contest against Brunswick, and the Bearcats will look to continue their four-game winning streak and show just how good they are.

Salisbury 9-3 Westminster School

The Martlets traveled to Salisbury with hopes of bouncing back from their series of tough losses, most recently last week’s against Taft. The Black and Gold were looking to upset Salisbury, the No. 8 ranked team in the nation, and drive back home victors.

Unfortunately, that was not the case as Westminster’s lack of possession proved to be the difference maker. Down 6-1 at halftime, the Martlets were still fighting, but a strong Salisbury squad did more than enough to make sure they walked away with a win. Dylan Moser ‘15 kept the Black and Gold in the game with 12 saves, and goals from Sam Dardani ‘14 (2) and TJ Daigler ‘14 gave the Martlets some hope before the final whistle.

Westminster travels to Trinity-Pawling this weekend, and both teams will be looking to turn their luck around.

Deerfield Academy 9-5 Trinity-Pawling

A confident, streaking Deerfield team played Trinity-Pawling—a team looking for consistency—this Wednesday at Westminster.

Despite going down 1-0 early, Deerfield found themselves 7-1 up at halftime and clearly in control with seven goals going unanswered. However, their concentrations slipped later in the game, and Trinity-Pawling temporarily found their form.

As the fourth quarter ran down, the Greens found their advantage reduced to 7-5, and Trinity-Pawling was fighting to complete their comeback. Deerfield regained their confidence and netted another two goals, which proved enough to ensure the win.

Deerfield will try to stretch their unbeaten streak this weekend against the Taft School, and TP will hope to bounce back against Westminster.

Millbrook 8-9 Taft School

A young and talented Millbrook team hosted Taft on an unseasonably brisk afternoon in New York. The Rhinos were hungry to extend their record to an impressive 5-1.

Millbrook came out swinging, and Taft found it difficult to break down their creative defensive tactics. The Rhinos were struggling to find the net and entered the halftime break down 4-3.

Taft struggled throughout the first half of the third quarter, letting the score slip to 7-4. However, their senior class, especially captain Jack Collins ‘14, had other plans. Collins combined with Brady O’Donnell ‘14 on several occasions and the entire Taft team worked incredibly hard to tilt the score in their favor and eventually win 9-8.

Taft successfully moved to 5-1 and will take on Deerfield this weekend.

Loomis Chaffee 7-8 2OT Kent School

Kent traveled to Loomis Chaffee in what promised to be an entertaining and close lacrosse game. The onlookers got what they came for.

The game started off quickly and was a back-and-forth affair. This was truly a fast paced and riveting game that needed a double overtime to determine a victor.

Brooks Young ‘15 proved to be an influential figure in this evenly matched competition, scoring three goals for the Lions.

Kent will host Berkshire this weekend and will hope to use the momentum from this game in order to record another victory. Loomis will try to get back on track from their four-game losing streak against Salisbury this Saturday.

Kingswood-Oxford 3-7 Brunswick School

A struggling Kingswood-Oxford lacrosse team looked to add a second win onto their record and end their current losing streak as they hosted Brunswick.

Brunswick controlled the majority of the match, and showed their dominance throughout the entire game. The Wyverns were able to put three past Brunswick, but never looked convincing enough to come out on top.

KO faces Hamden Hall Country Day School next Wednesday.

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