Tuesday, November 3, 2009

BA Finds Success at Crimson Classic

The lacrosse team enjoyed success this past weekend at the Crimson Classic, hosted by Harvard University. Competing in a recruiting showcase featuring some of the top prep and elite teams in the region, the Wolverines went 3-1 on the day.

Due to traffic problems the Wolverines were forced to get right into their first game, but there would be no let down from limited warm up time. Bridgton faced Bishop Timon out of Buffalo, NY and the Wolverines were able to come away with a 7-2 win. Speaking of the game head coach Garrett Bamann said, "It was difficult to come right off the bus and play, but we handled it very well and showed no signs of let down from the limited pregame time."

Bridgton's second game of the day matched them up with the defending Connecticut Class A Champions Fairfield Prep. BA played well as they jumped out to an early lead and continued to pressure the defense, winning 10-4. "This was a big win for us, Fairfield is a very good team, and we came out and showed that we can play at a high level," said Bamann.

Entering the third game of the showcase, which was composed of 30 minute running halves, the Wolverines were 2-0. They squared off against the Long Island Sting, an elite travel team, out of Long Island, NY. The Sting would jump on top of the Wolverines and take a one goal advantage into the half. Bridgton came out firing in the second half as they quickly erased the deficit, and continued to put in goals. BA ran away with an 11-6 victory.

In the fourth game of the day Bridgton took on one of the best teams in the showcase, the Fighting Clams, which is made up of players from all over New England. With multiple division I recruits on the team, the Clams were a talented group, gaining an early lead on the Black and Gray. The Clams would hold that advantage through out, BA put together a run in the final minutes closing the gap to two goals, but that is where it would stay. Falling 7-5, the Wolverines finished the day with a 3-1 record.

"We played well all day long, when we got behind we kept our composure and kept pressure on both ends of the field. It was good exposure for our players as over 60 Division I and II coaches were in attendance," commented Bamann.

Bridgton will be competing next weekend in another showcase at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Fall Tournament. BA will have three games against Elite and prep teams. Game times are roughly scheduled for 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM.

The following weekend Bridgton will travel to Fort Anne, NY to compete in the Siena College Lacrosse Tournament, held at the Golden Goal Sports Complex. For interested parents the team will be staying at the Hampton Inn, in Lake George, NY

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