By BRIAN JENNINGS
With one game remaining in the regular season, the Blue Knight lacrosse team is still alive in the hunt for the Class L Tournament. Southington (6-9) split two contests this week, and that means that—for their final contest—win and they’re in.
Coach Ron Chase said that it will come down to the little things, like clock management in their final game against Glastonbury (10-5) on Tuesday. It will take a solid effort by Southington’s defense.
“We have to slide with purpose to stop the ball,” said the coach. “They like to draw you out of a tighter defense. We can’t buy into them pulling us way out and then running by us. We have to bring our A game.”
Southington is young. They’ll only lose a couple of seniors to graduation, but a meaningful game at the end of the season is a good sign for things to come.
“We’re still going to be young, but it’s a matter of what the young kids do in the offseason on their own, whether it is playing with some of the travel teams or working on their own,” he said. “That’s going to depend on how our season goes next year.”
Loss to Hall
MAY 14—Ten goals in the second and third quarters combined, and seven different scorers handed the Knights their ninth loss of the season. ON Monday, Hall took a six point lead at the half and cruised to a 16-6 win.
Evan Johanns (2 assists), Ethan Thomson, and Tagan Welch paced the offense with two goals apiece. Garrett Brown finished with 13 saves in the cage.
“They came to play today, and we came out slow,” said Chase. “We had some spurts here and there, but we struggled on the face-offs and playing defense. We cannot have the ball on the offensive end as much as we would like. We have a couple of young faceoff guys, they’ve got one of the better faceoff guys in the conference, and we just really couldn’t answer it.”
Win vs. Avon
MAY 18—The Knights bounced back on Friday to keep their postseason hopes alive, breaking their five-game skid with a 5-4 win over Avon. Southington led by one goal at the half and matched the Falcons with goals in each of the last two quarters to get the win.
Avon led early with two goals in the first half, but Southington battled back.
“We just played scrappy and picked up a lot of groundballs,” said Chase. “It was a real strong defensive battle. They were pressing out on our attack, which did a good a job of working hard off the ball and to get the ball. There wasn’t much settled offense. Everything was in transition, which worked to our advantage because I thought that we were more athletic and faster than they were.”
Johanns (1 assist) and Welch marshaled the offense with two goals each. Dylan Rodriguez contributed with a score. Brown finished with 18 saves in the cage.
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