LAX: Taft squeaks by Choate, Avon overpowers Westy and More

Three Founders League duels took center stage this Wednesday. One came down to the wire while the others were more clear cut. At about the halfway point of the season, teams are trying to get over early season woes or assert their dominance over others.

Here is Wednesday’s action:

Taft 6-5 Choate

A back-and-forth match ended with a comeback victory for the Rhinos. Choate started strong, going up 3-0 to start the contest, but this was matched by two goals by Taft, and the first quarter ended at 3-2 to the Boars. Defense took center stage in the second quarter, as the Wild Boars netted the only goal and led 4-2 going into the half.

With the most dangerous lead in sports, Choate could not hold onto the two-goal cushion as Taft tied it heading into the final quarter. Choate regained the lead with 4:46 to play. Taft would not quit, however, and converted on a turnover by the Choate goaltender with 1:31 to play. They didn’t stop there either and stole the game with the last gasp on a goal by Matt Davies ’16 with 0:37 on the clock.

The result marks Taft’s fourth straight one-goal win, and the Rhinos will need to keep their endurance up if they are to keep competing at the highest level.

Taft was led by seniors Tyler Breen with two goals and Brady O’Donnell with three points.

Taft looks to win their fifth in a row this Saturday when they host NMH. Choate will have a week off before they try to snap their three-game losing streak against a tough Brunswick squad next Wednesday.

Full game write up from Taft School.


Photo Credit: Avon Old Farms

Avon 10-6 Westy

Avon-Westy games are usually gritty and close ones in this cross-town rivalry. In this one, Avon spoiled the fun.

Conor Kelly ’14 led Avon with 5 goals, and the defense closed up shop, despite a Martlet surge as time expired.

The Winged Beavers initially led 3-1 after the first quarter and never looked back, taking a 7-1 lead into halftime. Down 10-3 with eight minutes to go, the Martlets were able to muster three goals yet fell short of a comeback.

Avon looks to keep on rolling against Kent this Saturday, while Westy looks to rebound against Millbrook on the same day.

Hotchkiss 11-4 Kent

The Bearcats had no problem taking care of Kent on their home turf. Hotchkiss managed to shut out the Lions 5-0 through the first half and 8-1 after three. The Lions struggled to get involved the game and break down the Bearcat defense.

A good rebound result for Hotchkiss after losing to Brunswick last Saturday as Kent fell back to .500 on the season and 1-2 in league matches.

Kent needs to turn around their season quickly if they have any hope in competing for a title. They will have a tough game against Avon on Saturday to prove that they can compete. Hotchkiss looks for back-to-back victories when they host Salisbury on Saturday.

Trinity Pawling 14-7 NMH

Another dominating win for a Founders League team as the Pride beat up on NMH. TP took a 4-0 lead to end the first quarter which translated into a dominating 7-2 halftime lead. The rest of the game was a breeze as they doubled their score to easily put away NMH in neutral territory at Westminster School.

Both John Vitagliano ’14 and Michael Fitzpatrick ’15 scored hat tricks as TP bounced back from a devastating OT defeat to Westminster last weekend. They look to make it two in a row at Berkshire this Saturday.

Loomis 4-14 Deerfield

The Pelican’s tough season continued with their seventh-straight loss after opening with a win. Their second 14-4 loss in a row is a crushing blow to the Pelicans, and Loomis will look to turn their season around at home against Exeter this Saturday. With 9 games left in the season, the time is now to start winning.

Deerfield is a familiar foe for the Founders League lacrosse teams, taking wins from Westy, TP, Choate, and now Loomis. Taft dealt them their lone defeat on the season, and Hotchkiss, Kent, and Avon will look to do the same with a three-game Founders League stretch for the Big Green starting on May 3rd.

Featured Image: Photo by Robert Falcetti