By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Blue Knights (6-6) extended their losing streak to three games with a pair of loses this past week, but they are not out of contention from making the Class L tournament.
Floundering against the Falcons
Southington made a trip out to Middletown on Tuesday, May 3, where they fell to Xavier (7-4), 11-6. The Falcons built an 8-3 lead by halftime.
Aiden Chubet paced the Knights with three goals. Mike Majchrzak (1 assist) backed Chubet with two goals and Nick Zukauskas (1 assist) contributed with a goal. Florian finished with one assist.
Brandon Porter saved 13 shots on goal in the cage for the Knights. Southington took 16 shots on goal. Xavier took 24 shots on goal.
Struggles continue at Simsbury
On Friday, the Knights set out for Simsbury (11-0), but their offensive woes followed them as they fell to the Trojans by 10 goals, 12-2. Simsbury mounted a 6-1 advantage to start the second half.
Jake Testa and Justin Nogueira scored the Knights’ only two goals. Colton Brown contributed with an assist. Majchrzak finished with four ground balls, and Bryce Lynch and Matt Natelli each finished with three ground balls.
Porter saved 15 shots on goal. Southington took 24 shots on goal.
Despite the losses, the Knights are still just one win away from qualifying for the state tournament with four regular season games remaining on their schedule. Southington will look to earn that spot in the postseason this week when they travel to Hall (4-7) and return home to host Glastonbury (11-1) on Thursday, May 12.
Southington is currently 18th in Class L and fourth in the CCC Central with a 1-2 record. Simsbury, Glastonbury, and Conard (8-4) are all tied for first with 2-0 records.
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