By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Blue Knights lacrosse team (4-12) was eliminated from playoff contention this past week after a close, 6-5 overtime loss at home to Hall (9-6) on Tuesday, May 19.
After scoring just two goals in the first half, the Knights returned to score three goals in the second half, including a late goal by Jake Testa with 1:04 to go in regulation that would eventually send the game into overtime. The Knights had chances to end the game on a couple of fast breaks opportunities and shot that went off the goal post, but turnovers would led to a goal by Hall with 21.1 seconds to go in overtime.
Testa scored four goals on eight attempts and controlled four ground balls. Nick Zukauskas contributed a goal with two assists and controlled five ground balls. Steve Hamel controlled 17 ground balls. Dan Saucier saved 19 of Hall’s 25 shots on goal.
The Knights were defeated by Avon (9-7) two days later at home, 10-1.
Hamel (one attempt) scored the Knights lone goal on an assist from Colton Brown and controlled 16 ground balls. Saucier saved 18 of Avon’s 28 shot attempts on goal.
The Knights ended their regular season with a 14-3 loss at Xavier (13-3) on Saturday.
“It felt funny,” said Southington coach Ron Chase. “We have a lot of young guys out here. They show some signs of greatness when they pay attentions and listen to us coaches. Other times, when they’re not listening and not doing the little things right, we don’t have a good day. That seemed to be the season this year. I’m disappointed, but the bright side is that we get most of our team back.”
Chase said that he is looking forward to the learning curve out of his young players for next season.
“I look forward to watching these younger players grow and get better in between now and then. Hopefully, they realize that they have the ability to play at a higher level. They just have to do the little things right, listen to us coaches, and put the effort in during the offseason. We’re athletic enough, it just comes down to lacrosse IQ and individual skill that we need to continue to build.”