BENNINGTON — On paper, it looked like a rout in the making, but Mount Anthony boys lacrosse coach Mark Lange made sure his team came in focused against D-III opponent Otter Valley on Monday.
"You have to take everyone tough, so I'm glad they came in focused," Lange said. "They did that and I'm proud of them."
Mount Anthony scored the first 11 goals and held Otter Valley out of the cage for two-and-a-half quarters in a 13-2 win over the Otters.
"We had goals to get to .500 and getting guys lots of touches and we did that," Lange said.
Hunter Davis led the way with four goals, and eight players cracked the scoresheet — including a pair of goals for Thomas Hendery and Jacob Rantilla and single tallies for Ben Doucette, Andre Wright, Jeremy Bourgeois, Trey Lang and Ezra Royce.
In the first quarter, Davis scored the first two goals and then the Patriots scored three in the next two minutes, Doucette with a nice low shot, then Wright off a Davis assist and Bourgeois on a helper from Hendery.
Hendery made it 6-0, scoring just before the horn that ended the first quarter.
"Hunter does a lot of good things for us, there was one play where we had Jake Rantilla in there, a kid that's fighting for playing time and Hunter's finding him. Leadership comes in all forms, he's a special player and a special athlete and a great kid too," Lange said.
In the second quarter, the Patriots played a more methodical style, working on sets and looking for just the right shot. Rantilla and Hendery tallied in the quarter, but the defense was just as good, blanking the Otters and taking an 8-0 lead to the break.
Along with the stout defense, goalie Jackson Thibodeau had eight saves and only allowed a pair of goals.
"We've said it before, Jackson is our rock and he makes things flow for us," Lange said. "And defensively, we are playing physically, but the right type of physical, not getting penalties. Jackson has made some big saves for us, especially in a man-down situation."
Mount Anthony scored the first three goals of the second half to reach double digits, Davis, Lang and Royce scorching the cage, and it wasn't until the 2:32 mark of the third quarter that the Otters got on the board.
Davis and Rantilla scored in the fourth to finish the scoring for the Patriots, who have won four in a row and are now 7-7 with one game remaining in the regular season, a game today at Taylor Field against BBA.
"We're on a roll right now, we feel as good as we can," Lange said. "If we are going to go far in the playoffs, we have to play well against BBA. This game can help us make a big statement."
The game today starts at 4 p.m. at Burr and Burton.