Relentless Patriots outlast Generals
BENNINGTON >> A week long lay-off did not affect the Mount Anthony boys lacrosse in their game on Saturday against Pittsfield.
The Patriots came out ready to go, netting their second straight game of scoring in double digits with a 10-6 win over the Generals.
Tied at 2-2 in the second quarter, the Patriots offense got going thanks to their senior captain Hunter Davis.
Davis moved his way through the Pittsfield defense like the way he blows by defenders to get to the basket in basketball,
He got a step on a Generals defender and then jumped in mid-air, whisking a shot into the net to give the Patriots the lead.
Just seconds later, Davis was at it again, winning the face-off and then driving down the field to slam home his third goal of the quarter.
"I just used the over aggressiveness of Pittsfield defenders to my advantage," Davis said. "I was able to get by them and get some good looks at the net that I was able to capitalize on."
Leading 4-2 now, Davis scoring helped spark some more goals from his teammates, starting with a goal from junior Ezra Royce to give the Patriots a three goal lead.
Then with under minute left in the first half, senior Thomas Hendery got into the scoring mix, netting his first goal of the game to extend the Patriots lead to 6-2 as MAU went into the half on a 4-0 run.
"Everyone feeds off of Hunter's play and that was the big key for us in the second quarter," said MAU Mark Lange. "Once Hunter began to impact the game, it allowed the other guys around he to get some opportunities at the net and that helped them initiate themselves into the game more."
In the first five minutes of the second half though, the Patriots offense was nonexistent, allowing Pittsfield to get back in the game with two goals that cut the MAU lead to two.
Needing another jolt to get their offensive back on track, MAU found that answer in Royce as the junior ducked and dodged his way towards, ripping a shot right past the Pittsfield goalie to give the Patriots 7-4 lead.
Up 8-4 now in the beginning minutes of the fourth quarter, Royce like Davis earned the always sought out hat trick, netting his third goal of the game that gave MAU a five goal lead.
"We have been running this new open set on offense the past few game and it has really opened up some one-on-one opportunities for me at the top of the key," Royce said. "I'm just happy that I have been able to cash in on those opportunities and hopefully I can keep this play up the rest of the season."
Royce has been a huge part of the Patriots back to back victories, scoring a total of seven goals in the past two games.
After Royce's goal, Hendery punched in his second goal of the day to put the game out of reach for Pittsfield, whose two late goal weren't enough as the Patriots were able to go on to their third win of the season.
Sophomore Emilio Stevens and freshman Jeff Potter each scored a goal in the Patriots win.
Junior Trey Lang along with Hendery had a team-high two assists on the day, while goalie Jackson Thibodeau had eight saves in net for MAU, with five of them coming in the first half.
Ryan Jacoby had a nice game for Pittsfield, scoring a game-high three goals in a losing effort for the Generals.
"This was a very nice win for us," Lange said. "We're starting to execute our plays and formations on both sides of the field. If we can continue to execute on both offense and defense, we will be good position to win games as we head into our league schedule."
With the win, MAU is now 3-4 on the year and have won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
The Patriots will have their hands full next week with back-to-back tough road games, the first being against Woodstock on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
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