By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Blue Knights lacrosse team sustained two more losses on the road this past week as the boys tumbled to 4-9 overall. With three games remaining, Southington needs three more wins.
The Knights traveled to Glastonbury on Monday, May 11 where they tied their largest deficit of the season with a 14-1 loss to the Tomahawks (11-3).
Jordan Corey scored the only goal for the Knights, which came in the first quarter. Brandon Porter filled in for an injured Dan Saucier and saved 16 shots on goal for the Knights to the Tomahawks’ 30 shots.
“It was a tale of two teams,” said Southington coach Ron Chase. “I thought we did a lot of things right in the first half. We did great defensively. Porter made some nice saves and our offense possessed the ball well. It was 3-1 at halftime and we were doing really well. Then, we had a third quarter breakdown where we had a hard time catching and throwing and we weren’t communicating well on defense. Glastonbury lit us up pretty well in the third quarter. You can’t have a down quarter against a team like Glastonbury.”
The Knights visited the Danbury Hatters (4-10) on Friday and lost their eighth consecutive game on the year with a 13-9 loss. Seven goals in the first quarter by the Hatters may have put the Knights in a hole, but the boys in blue never gave up and fought back with six goals in the second half.
Nick Zukauskas led the Knights with four goals. Jake Walzack followed with two goals and Chris Gamber, Mike Majchrak, and Steve Hamel each with one. Walzack, Majchrak, and Jake Testa each distributed an assist.
Saucier faced 31 shots and collected 18 saves.
“When you play a team that is seasoned like Danbury and don’t play well in the first half or any quarter for that matter, the same thing is going to happen,” said Chase. “I was proud of my guys for coming out and playing in the second half. They didn’t give up, which was great to see, and was good character on their part, but it’s tough to come back when you spot a team nine goals in the first half.”
With three regular season games left, the Knights could still earn a spot in the postseason, but with little room for error. Southington has to win out the rest of their regular season games. The Knights will wrap up the season this week with games against Hall (8-5), Avon (7-7), and Xavier (11-2).
“It’s a learning process. We’re still making mistakes that young teams make. We’re having great spurts of play here and there, but unless you put the four quarters together, you’re not going to win many games,” said the coach. “That’s where we’re at right now. It’s not a lack of effort. We’re very inexperienced. We’re getting certain guys to step up in certain games and in other games, other guys step up. We just can’t seem to get all the kids to play at their best for 48 minutes.”