4/18/24 – MS Boys Lacrosse vs. “Round Robin” (Wheeler & Williams)

Photo Credit Art Entwistle

Mariners go 1-1 in Round Robin Play Against Blues and Warriors


GAME #1:
With two good weeks of practice, and our first games of the season under the belt, the Middle School Boys’ Lacrosse team took to the field again. Facing teams from Williams and Wheeler that the Upper School team had played their counterparts already, we knew these programs had the potential to have deep rosters and be well coached, like the older peers.

First up was the Blues from Williams and Jameson Lax ’29 (Hope, RI) came out firing this game. Potting several quick goals, his isolation dodges and decisive moves to the net allowed him many close in opportunities to pick apart the Williams goalie. Colin Delprete ’28 (Warwick, RI) got in on the action as well with a coast-to-coast goal with his long pole. Strong play in the midfield by Theo Weiner ’30 (East Greenwich, RI) complemented an ever-improving Kai Mitchell ’29 (North Kingstown, RI) at the faceoff dot. Williams would not go quietly and as we found ourselves in penalty trouble towards the end of the game, they stormed back. Taking advantage of defensive lapses and inattentiveness, Williams got in close on Bennett Ruzzo ’29 (West Greenwich, RI), who played a great game, and put some excellent shots on net. While Bennett was able to turn several away, a few snuck in and brought the game down to the wire. A clutch ground ball by Theo and some good passing by Johnny Bioteau ’30 (South Kingstown, RI) helped run out the clock and sealed the 6-5 win for the Mariners.

GAME #2:
Our final game of the day was against the Wheeler Warriors hot on the heels of their 6-0 shutout of Williams. This was going to be a tight game from the first whistle, as evidenced by crisp passing and an effective attack by Wheeler. The Mariners battled hard all game and it was tight from whistle to whistle. Harrison Lax ’29 (Hope, RI) quietly shut down the top offensive threat for Wheeler all game but continued defensive miscues made it an uphill battle. Wheeler’s patient decision making allowed them to look for the second or third pass to get the shot they wanted and capitalize despite several big saves from Bennett.

Down 2-0 with less than 10 minutes, the skies opened up and it turned into a sloppy wet game. Our spirits never dampened though and a great look to the middle found Michael Jones ’29 (Canterbury, CT) all alone on the crease where he snuck a nifty shot top corner that the goalie never saw until it was already by him. This sparked an offensive run with many shots and opportunities to score that just couldn’t quite fall. That was until Jameson took over, split three defenders, and unleashed a blast that knotted the game up 2-2 with just over a minute to play. A procedural call on the faceoff took the ball out of Kai’s stick and allowed Wheeler to turn the field back their way and while Harrison locked down his attack man, one of the Wheeler midfielders found himself wide open on the crease for a quick shot past Bennett to put the Warriors on top 3-2 with almost no time on the clock.

Certainly lots of growth shown by the team. The coaches were happy with the resilient nature of the group, never putting their heads down as the score of the first game tightened up or as we faced our first real deficit of the season. This is hard to coach. The defensive miscues are easy things to work on and make for a good week of practices to prep for our next games. We look forward, with the lessons of yesterday preparing us for tomorrow!

Final Points:
Jameson Lax: 6 goals
Colin Delprete: 1 goal
Michael Jones: 1 goal