By BRIAN JENNINGS
The young guns from Southington were slinging the ball and slinging it often under the lights at their home field on Wednesday, April 15. The Blue Knights boys lacrosse team made it to double digits for the first time this season in their third game with a 13-6 win over the RHAM Sachems (2-2).
The Knights may have won by seven, but Southington coach Ron Chase said he still thinks there is much room for improvement.
“To be honest with you, we didn’t play up to our ability today,” said Chase. “Sometimes you play down to teams that don’t have the skill level that you do. We had a good third quarter, though, and did a lot of little things right. The first, second, and fourth quarter, not so much, but sometimes it is tough to play in a game like this. Overall, when it came down to it, we needed to score goals and we did.”
Chase said he did see positives out of his young team like moving off of the ball, making the right looks, putting the ball in the net instead of missing in the pipes, and picking up ground balls.
Communicating on defense, moving the ball at the right times, and handling the feeds that need to be handled are some of the major factors Chase said his Knights have to work on.
The Knights were anchored by the leadership of Jake Testa and Liam Delahunty, who scored two goals apiece in the victory. Nine different Knights were able to add their mark on the win, each by scoring a goal.
Southington was able to score five goals in the first half, but achieved a season-high for goals in a half by scoring eight after the break.
Jack Gilmour led the Sachems with three goals.
The Knights had 28 shots on goal compared to 18 by the Sachems. Dan Saucier kept close quarters on the cage with 13 saves. RHAM’s Ryan Reid had 15 saves.
“Every win is a team effort, but Dan played excellent today,” the coach said. “He came up huge a lot of times today for us because our defense wasn’t playing so well. Jake did a nice job running by guys, Liam did a nice job going to the goal, and Steve handled the face-offs.”
The Knights hope to keep the youthful sensation going with a home game this week against the NW Catholic Indians (0-4).
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