The Mt. Hope Huskies High School Boys Lacrosse team traveled to Seekonk to take on the team from Wheeler High School. The Huskies were looking to avenge a loss at the hands of Wheeler three weeks ago, one of only two teams to defeat the Huskies this season.
Defensively, the Huskies come out playing smart, aggressive team defense, keeping the Wheeler attack to the outside and limiting Wheeler’s offensive opportunities. In the offensive zone, the Huskies come out on fire and on a mission, with excellent ball movement and distribution as the team made short, quick passes leading to quality chances. The Huskies manage to jump out to a 3-0 lead after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Wheeler battles back and puts in two goals to narrow the lead to 3-2, but the Huskies dig down and respond with two of their own and take a 5-2 lead into half-time.
The second half is highlighted by fast, physical play from both teams. Opportunities on both sides of the field is limited by quality goalkeeping. The Huskies offensive attack manages to put in five more goals in the second half, while the defensive side of the ball limits Wheeler to four goals. The Huskies earn a hard fought 10-6 victory and move their season record up to 7 wins and 3 losses.
There were many contributors to the victory on this day. On the offensive side of the ball, Senior Max Moskala scored three goals and added two assists for a five point total. The Serbst brothers, both Seniors, totaled seven points between them with Stephen adding three goals and Jeremy contributing two goals and two assists. Senior Jack Dolan also put in two goals and one assist. In the faceoff circle, Junior Nick Perotti battled all game long and helped the Huskies gain important ball possession.
Defensively, the Huskies defensive corps helped neutralize Wheeler’s leading scorer, the current top goal scorer in the State of RI. Goalkeeper and Junior Cam Rancourt made 11 saves between the pipes for the Huskies, while in front of him Seniors Ben Haberman, Antoine Mouligne and Zack Burke locked in defensively and helped shut down Wheeler’s potent offense.
The Huskies push for the playoffs continues with games upcoming against Cranston West and South Kingstown. Go Huskies!!!