Landon Lacrosse 14 Avon Old Farms 6

by our very able correspondent (THANKS)

 

The Winged  Beavers, of Avon Old Farm School, relished the warmer conditions at Landon this afternoon and were certainly not intimidated by the fast start the hosts delivered. The Bears prevailed 14-6.

In what proved to be a very hard and close fought first half, the Landon men moved the ball well  and within a minute Sam Lynch had found Jack Bolen, who notched the first of the day. From the face off, an opportunity was seized by Sam Offutt, when he saw Colton Rupp cut to goal, the pass was crisp and the finish crisper still, 2:0 Landon.

Defense was the next order of business and after six minutes our talented visitors found the back of the net and one could sense their confidence growing, they scored again to make it 2:2 and then almost immediately went up by one, as they scored when Landon was a man down from the face off, in a cruel twist, the ball rebounded off our competent goalie, only to be sent back into the goal by a scavenging Winged Beaver.

Landon were not finished and Sam Lynch was given a little room and he made a great right handed  shot to tie the scores at 3:3

The second quarter, by score alone, was a dour affair but in reality it was a wonderful defensive effort from the Bears. The poles were working hard and the turnovers they earned presented a number of opportunities that looked productive, only to be denied by the pipe, on two occasions. Eventually with just over a minute left in the Quarter, a pass from Rupp was deflected to Zac Buller who put the Bears up 4:3.

The third quarter started as another strong defensive series, until five minutes in, the D delivered a turnover that resulted in a smart ball side feed from Sam Lynch to  Rob Adkins who comfortably beat the goalie. Landon had worked out the face offs and was starting to get a steady stream of possession and they made it count when Rupp turned the corner to notch his second of the game. The floodgates were open, the Winged Beavers were next to score 6:4

Landon then delivered two trademark goals, one laser low shot from Sean O’Brien and then an Austin Petty shot, down the alley and pretty to watch. Landon 8:4, but our friends from Connecticut were not giving up and scored a great goal when the man at X picked out a cutter right in front of goal to narrow the lead to three.

In the final minute and a half of the quarter Nate Buller ran an inbounds ball in and shot accurately to score his first of the day, before Austin Petty beat the goalie, with power, on an underhand shot from twelve yards, to finish the quarter at 10:5

The last quarter started with a string of seconds; Zac Buller opened by slipping a defender to register his second. From the restart, Landon were in a man up situation and took full advantage when O’Brien fired in his second, then Rupp found Adkins, who was not to be outdone and he scored his second. Landon 13:5

At this stage the team had valuable contributions from Dunn, Avedisian, Tabb, Steis and Griffin Brown who cut sharply, accepted a pass from Petty and scored from in close for the final Landon goal of the day.

The day finished with a good defensive showing from Fowler, Gee, Conner, McLaury and Amoroso, all of whom ably supported our goalie Sells who finished the day with 8 saves and the score line 14:6.

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