Week of 4/25 Lacrosse Rundown

This is statement week in lacrosse as many teams find themselves at a crossroads. Teams like Avon and Loomis find themselves in the middle of the pack and seek to string together some victories to distance themselves from the rest. One thing of note is the particular power of the Founder’s League this year as they boast two teams in the top five and four in the top thirty teams in New England according to LaxPower. This is even more impressive considering these rankings also include schools not associated with NEPSAC. As a result, there is a very strong possibility that whoever wins the Founder’s League will also champion all of New England. Without further hesitation, here is your weekly lacrosse rundown:

#2(10) Taft (7-2)

The Rhinos charged through their midweek matchup with a solid 18-7 win against Millbrook, a team they should beat. The large victory came on the hands of Taft’s younger players as a sickness kept many players out for this contest. They did not disappoint as sophomore Joe Hardison had a hat-trick in the first half alone. William Bock, the netminder for this game and also a sophomore, came up big for the Rhinos with 15 timely saves.

Taft looked to be in a good spot coming into Saturday’s big tilt with Deerfield with two straight wins after their heartbreaking overtime loss to Brunswick. That was not the case, however, as the Rhinos lost their second game this year to a top five ranked team by a score of 14-7. This week, their schedule lightens up a bit as they play two opponents not currently ranked in the top 100. Their matchup against Choate on Wednesday, however, will show if they can bounce back yet again against a Founder’s League rival.

#3(12) Brunswick (8-2)

Last Saturday, Brunswick played in the Katie Samson Foundation Lacrosse Festival and came out with a W against Haverford. In the first quarter, four different players each scored en route to a 12-6 final score. So far this season, they’ve had 8 wins and 2 losses. On Wednesday, they play Ridgefield High school away at 6:30. On Saturday, the ‘Wick plays the Hun School away at 2pm. The Hun school is 7-2, so it should be a fairly good match up.

#4(2) Deerfield (6-1)

Under Armour All American and Duke Commit Joe Manow continues to lead this power packed offence. With the help of attackman Andrew Bowman (Princeton) and Inside Lacrosse’s No. 9th ranked Senior Nigel Andrews (Harvard), they lead Deerfield to a 1-1 record this past week. The Big Green faced a heartbreaking 11-12 OT loss to Trinity-Pawling. The loss, however, was not enough to drop them below the Pride as they currently sit 4 and 5 in NE, respectively. The team was able to bounce back with a successful 14-7 win over Taft School, who ironically is currently ranked ahead of them.

Their record now stands at 6-1 thanks to the offense they boast. They will play Loomis and Andover  this week as they hope to maintain, and even improve upon, their #4 LaxPower New England ranking.

#5(25) Trinity Pawling (6-1)

The Trinity Pawling Pride rise to #5 in LaxPower.com’s New England rankings after triumphant 15-2 victory over Founder’s League opponent Westminster (1-4). The Pride also topped highly skilled #4 Deerfield Academy (6-1). TP have solidified their stake as a contender for not only the Founders League title, but further for the New England Championship as a whole. The Pride will have to face #28 Avon Old Farms (6-0) and #3 Brunswick School (8-2) in the coming days further their efforts.

#21(58) Salisbury (4-2)

With wins over Westminster and Loomis, the Knights are picking up steam entering the midpoint in the season. Matt Gaudet (Yale) attackman, Troy Lauder (Syracuse) attack, John John Lombardi (Michigan) Midfielder have been the leaders of the team’s success and will guide them to future success as their schedule begins to thicken.

#28(70) Avon Old Farms (6-0)

Avon Old Farms continues their New England title defense as they earned their first Founder League win of season in their lone game this past week over Choate Rosemary Hall. The Winged Beavers stand at #29 according to Lax Power.

They face two Founders League rivals this week as they look to maintain their winning ways against cross town rival Westminster School on Wednesday and Kent on Saturday.

#56(91) Loomis Chaffee (4-5)

Credit: Dave Kavanaugh

The Pelicans were able to breeze by the Lions to increase their win streak to three games. During that streak, they experienced a welcome offensive outburst as they scored double digits in each of those games, including a season-high 17 against Kent. Just as it seemed Loomis was turning a corner from their inconsistencies, the Sarum Knights ended the party by doubling up the Pelicans at home by a score of 12-6. This was certainly a step back for the streaking Pelicans, but granted it came against one of the higher ranked teams in New England.

Loomis will have a chance to make a statement this week against two strong opponents. They host #4 Deerfield on Wednesday in what would be a huge victory. After Deerfield, they host an arguably equal team in Exeter who are currently ranked #19 in New England. Certainly, this week is do or die for the boys from Windsor.

#111(123) Westminster (1-4)

Last Saturday, Westy traveled to Trinity-Pawling to face a powerful Pride squad. The Martlets were simply overcome by a better teams as they returned home with a 2-15 loss. The season has not started well for the Martlets as they have one win on the board, although that came against Founder’s League rival Choate.

On Wednesday, they have a big tilt against the undefeated Winged Beavers at Avon Old Farms, one of their most hated rivals. After Avon, they will return home to face Millbrook who currently holds a 1-1 record. This week will be big for them to string together a few victories as they head into the second half of the season. Thankfully for them, their schedule will lighten up a bit after facing three teams currently ranked in the top five in New England.

#115(133) Choate (3-3)

The Wild Boar’s lone game this past week did not go as planned as they lost to a strong Avon squad 10-8. The loss marked Choate’s third straight as they gone into a bit of a tailspin after starting the season 3-0. What will sting even more is that two of the three losses came to Founder’s League rivals while the other came to archrival Deerfield.

The Wild Boars can take some comfort in that their losses to Westminster and Avon were by one and two goal margins, respectively. Regardless, they will need a strong week to jump back into contention. Unfortunately for them, they stare at #2 Taft and #3 Brunswick as their next two contests each of the next two Wednesdays. If they can eke out a win in either of those games, the Wild Boars can certainly make some noise as we turn into the second half of the season.

#240(172) Hotchkiss (1-4)

With a 13-0 romping of NMH, the Bearcats looked to carry some momentum into their week against Berkshire and Brunswick. Unfortunately, none of that carried over as they lost both games by big margins. Hotchkiss will need to turn around their season fast if they want to return to an above .500 season after last year’s 6-10 team. Fortunately for them, they get some relief against Kent who have yet to register a win this season. Hotchkiss will sorely need a win there before they return home to face potent Salisbury. A two win week would go a long way in saving their season.

#317 Kent (0-5)

The Lions have struggled mightily this year and are still seeking their first victory. If they have any chance of gaining some momentum it will be this week against two Founder’s League rivals. First, they will host Hotchkiss in a match they can certainly compete in before they travel to Avon Old Farms in what is a much stronger opponent. This week will tell if the Lions will challenge for a season turn-around, or if they will start looking ahead to next season.

By Jake de Saint Phalle, Bart Gardella, Paige Madigan, and Henry Spearman

Note: Featured image credited to Icy Frantz.