Thursday, April 9, 2009

Wolverines Fall to Phillips Exeter

Bridgton Academy traveled over to Phillip Exeter Academy on Wednesday for an afternoon Lacrosse game. The Wolverines found themselves in a hold early as PEA was able to get on the board just two minutes into the game. Bridgton's offense continued to struggle as Exeter's continued to thrive adding three more goals over the next 6 minutes to make it 4-0 before BA's Junior Burke (Wakefield, RI) got the Wolverines on the board to cut it to three goals entering the second quarter.

Less then 40 seconds into the start of the second quarter PEA struck again, and soon followed with their 6th goal of the game 30 seconds later. The Wolverines were struggling to build any momentum as they were faced with numerous penalties forcing them to play a man down. PEA continued to extend their lead to 6 goals at 7-1 with 5:37 to go in the first half. Two and a half minutes later the Wolverines began to show a bit of life when Ben Santos (Boxford, MA) found the back of the net for his first of the game.

The two teams played even over the following 7 minutes before PEA scored their 8th, and then 9th goals of the game in closing out the 3rd quarter putting the Wolverines down 9-2 with only the final 12 minutes of the fourth quarter ahead of them. Wolverines Head Coach Mike Jones did his best to motivate his team in attempt to mount what would need to be an all hands on deck comeback.

Bridgton came out with a sense of urgency, something that had been lacking throughout the first three quarters, and with the offense pressing Kane Henderson (West Linn, OR) scored his first goal of the game cutting the lead to 6 at 9-3 with only 9 minutes remaining. Despite the continued pressure from the Wolverines the next 5 minutes saw neither team score as PEA worked to protect their lead. Santos, however, was able to find the back of the net for his second goal of the game with just 4 minutes remaining...78 seconds later teammate Kane Henderson scored again. It was now a four goal game with 2:53 left to go. The Wolverines continued to apply pressure and were able to find the net one more time with just 8 seconds remaning when Santos connected on his 3rd goal of the game, but it was too little too late for the Wolverines as they lost a tough one 9-6.

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