Lacrosse: Taft downs D.A., AOF coasts and more

It was a week with big lacrosse implications, and several teams made the most of the opportunity. An undefeated non-Founders League team was toppled, inter-league foes clashed in overtime, and the only 6-0 team in the league moved to 7-0.

Here’s how the action played out:

Taft 8-7 Deerfield

In what was one of the best games of the week, Taft took on Deerfield, and it was a contest to behold. This matchup pitted two of the strongest teams in New England against each other, and it certainly was a game to remember.

Headed into the game, Deerfield was undefeated and ranked #11 in the nation (according Inside Lacrosse) and #1 in New England. Taft travelled to D.A. looking to make a statement, and they surely did so by the result they were able to earn.

Initially, Deerfield got off to a hot start in the first quarter and were able to find themselves up 4-2 at the end of one. About halfway into the second quarter, Taft goalie Angus Viebranz ’14 was able to run downfield and notch his second goal of the season to cut Deerfield’s lead down to 1. This goal surely provided a spark for Taft as well as put momentum in the Rhino’s favor. The third quarter ended with Deerfield leading Taft 5-3.

In the third quarter, Taft rallied from being down 6-3, to eventually tying the game at 6-6 apiece, with two of those three goals coming from Jack Collins ’14 (Brown). It all came down to the fourth quarter to determine who would be victorious.

Taft was able to jump out on top 7-6 with a key goal from Tyler Breen ’14. However, Deerfield fought back and was able to tie the game at 7-7. Fortunately for Taft, Collins was able to deliver once more and complete his hat trick as he put the Rhinos up 8-7. From that point on, Taft’s defense stood strong against a desperate Deerfield attack and they helped secure Taft its first victory over Deerfield since 2003.

Sitting atop a 6-1 record, and having beat one of the top teams in the nation, Taft is now ranked #7 in the nation. The Rhinos look to build on this very impressive victory when they travel to Choate this coming Wednesday, and they will be looking to keep their momentum going.

Avon 7-2 Choate

This past Saturday was the first Founders League clash for both Avon and Choate, which ended up with Avon keeping their perfect record intact after the final whistle blew.

Choate opened up the scoring on the day, but after being down 1-0, the Winged Beavers then tied the game and never looked back.

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A first half hat trick from Connor Kelly ’14 (Maryland) put Avon up 3-1 going into the the half. Avon’s offense kept rolling as they were able to go into the fourth quarter up 7-1. Such a lead was greatly due to the Winged Beaver’s dominance in possession thanks to scooping up the majority of ground balls and Tyson Bomberry ’15 (Syracuse) winning nearly every face-off.

With Avon in control, the Wild Boars from Choate tried their best to battle back, but Avon’s strong defense only allowed Choate to net one more goal before the game ended with Avon winning the day 7-2.

For both teams, this was the first of many Founders League battles this season, and for Choate they will look for their first Founders League victory this Wednesday when they host the Taft School. As for the Winged Beavers, they will take on cross town rivals Westminster and look to avenge last year’s defeat.

Westminster 8-7 OT Trinity-Pawling

The Martlets of Westminster were able to avoid another heartbreaking loss and came out victorious over a strong Trinity-Pawling team on Saturday.

Westminster travelled to TP having lost their past four games, three of which were lost by only one goal. The Martlets came out strong and ended up leading 3-2 at halftime. Their lead was retained after the third quarter by staying on top of TP 6-4. Early into the 4th, Westminster went up 7-4, but after that, TP owned the fourth quarter. The Pride mounted a comeback and were able to tie the game at 7-7 with only a few minutes left.

It would take overtime to separate these two squads, and even though TP had all the momentum headed into overtime, Westminster was determined to not let another game slip away from their clutches and they scored the game winning goal with 53 seconds left in OT.

With this victory, Westminster was able to snap a four game losing streak, and gain their first Founders League victory of the season. They look to build on this exciting victory when they travel to Avon to take on their bitter rivals. As for the Pride of Trinity Pawling, this was their second loss in a row, and they are now 1-1 in the Founders League. The Pride looks to gain some momentum back when they travel to NMH this coming Wednesday.

Hotchkiss 10-15 Brunswick

A very hot Hotchkiss team rode a four game win streak into to their game against Brunswick on Saturday. The game would prove to be a goal-fest where the Bears from Brunswick needed to put up a great deal of goals in order to beat Hotchkiss.

It was truly a game that was all about the offense, it was quite the performance by both teams. Early on in the game both teams were close, but later Brunswick notched a comfortable lead. Nevertheless, Hotchkiss kept on battling and put in the goals, but in the end, it just wasn’t enough as Brunswick’s offense could not be stopped.

Hotchkiss will get the chance to bounce back from this defeat when they travel to Kent and look to improve their Founders League record to 2-0 and 6-3 overall.

Berkshire 12-8 Kent

In a non-Founders League matchup for Kent, the Lions battled hard, but in the end, Berkshire came out victorious.

Surely Kent was coming into the game with momentum, given they were riding a two game win-streak and having just beaten Loomis in a double overtime thriller. However, the offense that Berkshire was able to produce on Saturday afternoon proved to be too much for Kent to shackle,and the Bears ended up defeating the Lions.

Kent now sits with a 3-2 record look to improve to 4-2 and gain their second Founders League victory when they host Hotchkiss on Wednesday

Loomis 4-14 Salisbury

On Saturday, a struggling Loomis Chaffee team travelled to Salisbury to take on the Crimson Knights.

Despite coming into the game with a five-game losing streak, Loomis looked to get their season back on track by hoping to take down one of the best teams in New England.

After the first quarter, the Pelican’s goal looked like it could become a reality as they were able to go up 2-0. However, Salisbury had other plans as they regrouped and were able to post a 7-2 lead by halftime. In the second half, Salisbury kept rolling and notched a 14-4 victory with five goals coming from Connor O’Hara ’14.

With this loss, Loomis drops to 1-6 on the season, but if the Pelicans can find a way to take what they executed in the first quarter against Salisbury and put it into a complete game, then their upcoming game against Deerfield can be a very entertaining one.

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