BENNINGTON — Mount Anthony boys lacrosse coach Mark Lange knows that his team is inching closer to turning the corner.
The Patriots have struggled a bit early this season, but Lange likes his team's intensity.
"Our comeback was good, the intensity level was there, we have to find a way to finish," Lange said. "We just need a way to get one more goal. There are certain times where we go into a lapse, we need to find that one goal."
Trailing for most of the game against Woodstock on Monday afternoon, the Patriots pulled back to within one before falling, 12-9, to the Wasps.
Jeremy Bourgeois led Mount Anthony with six goals, while Hunter Davis had two and Thomas Hendery added a single score.
Heading into the fourth quarter down 10-7, the Patriots made a run. With 10:48 to go, Bourgeois fired one home past the keeper to make it 10-8 and give the Patriots some momentum.
A few minutes later, a Woodstock penalty put the Patriots a man up and immediately Bourgeois made them pay with his sixth score of the game to pull to within 10-9.
"[Jeremy's] not a guy who scores a lot all the time, but in a game like this, he was the big scorer," Lange said. "He's a hard worker, he always gets a lot of ground balls. He plays well on both sides of the ball and he stepped up big in a [Marble Valley League] matchup."
A moment later, it appeared the Wasps had scored but the referee waved it off, saying the player was in the crease, but moments later, Jack Arthur added the dagger, getting one past MAU goalie Jackson Thibodeau with 2:50 to go for an 11-9 lead.
On the play, Thibodeau made an initial stop, but the ball trickled over the goal line for the score.
"With four minutes left, we just need that one more [score], then it's 10-10 and we're not playing catchup any more," Lange said. "You live and die by the goalie, and I believe we have the best one in the MVL. Even after [Arthur's goal], we fought to the end."
The Wasps iced it less than a minute later with a goal from Daniel Robinson for the eventual 12-9 win.
"The next step is the hardest step. It's going to take leadership and we started to see that today, we need someone to step up and keep everything together," Lange said.
The teams traded scores back and forth in the first quarter with both Bourgeois and Patrick Potter each scoring twice as Woodstock took a 4-3 lead at the end of the first 12 minutes. Hunter Davis tied it at 4-4 two minutes into the second, but goals from Caden White and Robinson made it 6-4 at halftime.
In the third, Woodstock scored the first three tallies to pull out to a five-goal advantage with 3:18 remaining in the period. Micah Schabch got on the board first, while Jackson Wood and Jonas Kontola added the next two for a 9-4 lead.
Bourgeois scored the next two within a minute of each other — the second assisted by Davis — to make it 9-6, but Woodstock's Patrick Bald scored 30 seconds later before Davis scored his second goal of the day.
"At 3-7 with the talent we have, the guys are disappointed, but we still have six games left and we keep going, we could be around .500 and have some momentum going into the playoffs," Lange said.