A one-point defeat and a pair of blowouts over the week set the Blue Knight lacrosse team back to seven losses on the season, causing Southington’s chances of making the Class L tournament to become even narrower.
The Knights must win six of their remaining eight contests if they want to return to the state tournament.
Loss at Farmington
APRIL 17—The Knights began the week at Farmington on Monday where they let a one-point halftime lead slip away, resulting in a one-point loss, 9-8.
Both teams were tied at 3-3 by the end of the first quarter with goals from Ethan Thomson (2 assists), Matthew Thompson (1 assist), and Evan Johanns (1 assist), but Ryan Mailhot (1 assist) gave the Knights a one-goal lead, 4-3, heading into halftime by scoring the lone goal of the second.
Matthew Gundersen extended Southington’s lead to a goal with a score midway through the third, but four unanswered goals gave them Indians a two-goal swing, 7-5 heading into the final quarter. Three of those goals were scored within the final minute of the quarter.
Thompson and Justin Nogueira scored two of the next three goals in the fourth to cut the deficit to one, but Mailhot knotted the score, 8-8, with a goal at 1:22. However, The Indians sealed the victory and stunned the Knights by scoring the game-winning goal with 6.3 seconds showing on the clock.
Garrett Brown saved 22 shots in the cage.
Loss at Fairfield Warde
APRIL 20—A few days later, the Knights remained out on the road and allowed a season high of 17 goals after falling, 17-7, at Fairfield Warde. The Knights trailed the Mustangs, 11-2, at halftime, allowing eight goals in the first quarter alone.
Liam Guthrie paced the offense with three goals. Ethan Thomson contributed with a pair of scores.
Brown saved nine shots in the cage.
Loss at Guilford
APRIL 22—The Knights rounded out the week by dropping their fifth-straight game in a 17-2 loss at Guilford on Saturday, suffering their largest defeat on the year thus far. The Knights trailed the Indians, 11-1, at halftime.
Matt Gundersen scored Southington’s only two goals. Brown saved 18 shots in the cage.
The Knights will fight to keep their postseason hopes alive this week when they cap off their five-game road trip at South Windsor (6-0) and New Haven (5-1), returning home to host Conard (2-5) on Saturday, April 29. Southington is currently 1-7 overall.
For this week’s box scores, click here: (http://southingtonobserver.com/2017/04/26/weekly-scoreboard-for-the-april-28-edition/). To contact sports writer Brian Jennings, email him at BJennings@SouthingtonObserver.com.