Boys’ Lax Off to Strong Start

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A Northwood lacrosse player in action last season.

It’s that time of year: hockey and skiing have ended and spring sports have started back up. This means the Northwood lacrosse team is back in action. After losing many players from last year’s team to graduation, Northwood gained many new faces which includes Matt Shanklin ‘19, Elijah Devereaux ‘20, Drew Rose ‘19, Logan Stewart ‘18 and many others. After losing almost the entire defensive corps from last season, new and returning players might have to change roles in order to help the team win.

Tommy Bannister acknowledged that he might have to change positions from last year when he played midfield to perhaps playing defense this season. “It’s a good thing. I am starting to understand the game more, and I appreciate things from both sides since I formerly playing offense and now play defense.”

The squad had little time for practice with only two sessions under their belt before their first test: a scrimmage against Canton High School. a top team in New York State who trounced the Huskies 14-0 last season. Last season’s loss was a hard pill to swallow, but with many new faces and a handful of veterans, the Huskies were looking for a better result.

Veteran short stick Pat Callahan ‘18 said, “We are a completely new team, and we are hoping to go out there and surprise some people.”

“It was a light scrimmage and not a game,” said second year player Will Arquiett ‘19. “Both teams got to control the game by setting up different plays and practicing different setups, including man-up, and man-down. It was good practice for real game situations and for the new players to understand the rules and how to play,” he said.

The scrimmage started off with each team taking turns of playing defense and offense in four-on-four situations. Offense consisted of one midfielder and three attack players. While the defense would consist of 1 midfielder and 3 defenders and a goalie. Matt Shanklin was solid in goal for the first defensive possession not allowing a goal. The Huskies capitalized on their early offensive chances with new face Drew Rose ripping two snipes over the Canton goalie’s shoulders.

Throughout the game the Huskies kept the lead with goals coming from Jack Pensa ‘18 (3), Elias Fleishman ‘20 (1), Will Arquiett (3), Elijah Devereaux (1) and Drew Rose (4). Canton ended up scoring 9 goals.

Even though it was a scrimmage, the Huskies took it seriously and played hard right till the end, winning by a score of 12-9. Matt Shanklin and the rest of the defensive corps were huge difference makers. Matt Shanklin, playing lacrosse for the first time, reflected on the experience. “It was something I always wanted to try, and I figured why not? We needed a goalie and wanted to give it a try.”

The Huskies next game is March 28, against Plattsburgh High School on SUNY Plattsburgh’s turf field.

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