Winners of three straight heading into the affair, Mountain Range and Holy Family boys lacrosse matched up in a cross-town contest April 2 at HF. Behind a quick start and aggressive defensive play …
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Winners of three straight heading into the affair, Mountain Range and Holy Family boys lacrosse matched up in a cross-town contest April 2 at HF.
Behind a quick start and aggressive defensive play from the Mustangs, MR gave the Tigers their first loss of the season, 9-6.
Jumping out to a 4-0 lead after a quarter, Mountain Range dominated time of possession. Forcing pressure on the Holy Family back-end, the Tigers’ offense had limited opportunities to produce.
“I think we did a good job of possessing the ball,” Mountain Range coach Ethan LaHoda said. “I think we could have been a little smarter in some regards. When you are in a game and playing a team that is close by, it’s a little more difficult to keep your composure when our kids knew a lot of theirs.”
Combining for 39 goals their first three games (13 goals per game), HF wasn’t going to go away silently. Scoring three of the next four, HF cut the lead to 5-3 with 8:44 remaining in the third quarter. Scoring twice, the Tigers’ leader in the middle, junior Braedan Peters scored twice followed by another from junior Trace Norwell. Right when you thought things were getting dicey for MR, the Mustangs went on their run.
Consecutive goals from senior Ryan Reffel, senior Jack Smith, freshman Jack Colwell, and Smith pushed the Mustangs’ lead to six with 6:45 left. To end things, HF scored three times (two by Norwell, one by Peters) the next three minutes and forty seconds to put a scare in Mountain Range, but it was too little too late. The MR defense had their falters in that short stretch, but all night regardless was excellent in containing the high-powered Tigers attack.
“We like to say our defense kind of sets the tone for the game, starting with our goalie, moving up. We feel like we have a good offense but we really like leaning on our defense and getting some momentum through them,” LaHoda said.
Impressing in the back-end, junior goalie Seth Doyle anchored the net as junior Logan Dellinger opened eyes with his tenacity near the goal. Offensively, the patient attack of the Mustangs frustrated the defense of the Tigers as senior Kaden Shepherd, junior Jake Doyle, Reffel, Smith, and Colwell remained active throughout.
Winning their fourth straight, MR has hit their stride as conference play looms.
“We are really excited about how the past four games have gone, and it’s going to be a test going into conference play, but we are ready,” LaHoda said.
To end their week, Mountain Range defeated Legend three nights later, 18-11. Holy Family got back to their winning ways two nights later over Dawson School, 14-7.
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