The Hill Academy 13 Landon 8

Charles Dickens’ prescient line from The Tale of Two Cities, “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times”, applied to today’s game against Canada’s top field lacrosse team with 14 college recruits on its roster.  For the 1st twenty-four minutes, the Bears looked dominant at both ends of Triplett Field & Bordley Stadium and at half time led 7-2. The last two quarters were a different story with the visiting Pride team from Ontario, Canada showing how their national game can and should be played. Final result– Pride 13 Bears 8.

 

From Jack Prutting in goal through the close D further to the Bears middies all the way to the multiple attackmen, the Bears were performing at their best—awesome saves, solid D, smart slides between the middies and D, great at the X, swift clearing, crisp passes on the O end and a deep attack passing and shooting when appropriate. The other team was working hard, but they were bested by the Bears for the 1st half.

 

HALFTIME BEARS 7 PRIDE 2

 

Something happened at the intermission—Coach Merrill’s speech, coaching adjustments, a second wind or all of the above. Now in the last two stanzas, we saw:

 

  • a Canadian-style player  with only one hand could roll through fierce Bear defensive hits and end up less than 3 yards from the Landon goal (with obvious consequences);
  • 50/50 groundballs that the home team scooped up in the 1st half were  now being possessed by the Red jerseys;
  • Shots that “lasered” from Bear creases into corners were now high and wide by inches;
  • the Landon rotation that stifled the Hill Academy boys before now were a second or two late;
  • the north-of-the-border ability to maintain stick control within small spaces was suddenly magic;
  • Bear face, alley, swim dodges which had worked initially were not as deceptive;
  • whatever could go badly for the Bears, and whatever could succeed for the Pride, did.

You lose more from losses than wins and your education reaches a higher level when you play against the best. Today’s learning will hopefully be evidenced in later games.

 

FINAL PRIDE 13 BEARS 8

 

Onto Spaulding next week.

 

Khari Baten Award—That’s a Bear

 

Michael Rhoads

who played the Hill’s   stud attackman one-on-one

and

Jack Prutting

who stopped all of the   shots expected to be blocked by a human

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