Patriots roll past Stratton Mountain
BENNINGTON — The Mount Anthony boys lacrosse was looking to get back in the win column on Wednesday afternoon and they did that in dominating fashion, rolling past Stratton Mountain for a 11-4 victory and their fourth win on the season.
Getting the ball rolling for MAU was senior Hunter Davis, who used his passing ability to get the Patriots a lead early.
Dodging pass defenders as he circled the net, Davis found a wide open Trey Lang in front of the net for a goal to give MAU a 1-0 lead.
Seconds later, Davis was at it again, this time dishing out a sweet assist to classmate Thomas Hendery to extend the Patriots lead to two.
The senior duo were back at it again for MAU later on in the quarter, when Davis swerved past a Stratton defender to find Hendery open in the left corner to slam in his second goal of the game, giving MAU a 3-1 lead going into the second quarter.
Davis was involved in all six MAU goals in the first half.
"I just looked for the open player and my teammates came through by finishing things off with the goal," Davis said. "Stratton Mountain double teamed me a lot and had a extra guy always watching me, so that allowed my teammates to get open and I did my best to give them a good feed for a good shot on goal."
In the second quarter, Davis continued to pile on the assists, helping set up the next two MAU goals that extended the Patriots lead to four.
Davis got on the scoring action himself, zipping through the Black Bears defense and firing a shot into the net to give MAU a 6-1 lead going into halftime.
The second half belonged to Hendery, who continued to score at will for the Patriots.
After getting the hat trick with his third goal of the game in the third quarter to give MAU a seven goal advantage, Hendery added two more in the fourth quarter to give a game-high five goals on the day.
"It felt great to score a lot after having a tough time finding the net the past few games," Hendery said. "Also most of my goals came off fast breaks when our defense forced a turnover, so that made things easier for me since I do well with scoring transition and on fast break opportunities."
Davis reached a milestone with a career-high seven assists helping on Hendery's goal, giving the senior a total of eight points on the day.
Just like the Patriots offense and the duo of Hendery and Davis, the MAU defense also had a great day on the field.
The Patriots defense held Stratton to one goal through the first three quarters and gave up a season-low four total.
"Our defense had a phenomenal game out there today and were factor in our win," said MAU coach Mark Lange. "We have a lot of new guys on defense this year and today you really saw it all come together for them with how they did a good job limiting scoring opportunities and forcing turnovers. Today I think shows how good our defense can be for us as we go into the finals part of the season."
Stratton Mountain scored three goals late, but it was not enough the Patriots went on to their second-largest victory of the season.
Jeff Potter, Emilio Stevens, Ezra Royce and Jeremy Bourgeois all scored for MAU, while Jackson Thibodeau racked up 10 saves in net for the Patriots.
With the win, MAU improves to 4-7 on the season and put an end to its three-game losing streak.
"This was a total team win," Lange said. "Every kid on the team contributed to this win in one way or another. We just have carry over this play and keep up the intensity up for our next game against Otter Valley."
MAU will host the Otters on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and a win will clinch a playoff berth for the Patriots.
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