Thursday, April 28, 2011

BA Holds Hyde to One Goal

The Wolverine lacrosse team had their only home game of the spring this past week. They played the Hyde school and BA opened up the game with five straight goals. With an 11-0 lead at the half, BA kept rolling into the third quarter and never looked back. What was most impressive was the fact that 14 out of 17 goals were assisted which shows great teamwork.

Ian Farley (Camillus, NY) led the scoring with six goals and one assist. Brooks Billingham (Martha’s Vineyard, MA) added three goals and one assist. Alec Westerhoff (Le Grange Park, IL) and Dom Crowley (Bainbridge Island, WA) added two goals and one assist each. Jeremy Buckley (Norwell, MA) and Connor King (Deerfield, NH) each had one goal and two assists while Spencer Matches (Sammamish, WA) had one goal and one assist. Sean Fosse (New York, NY) added the last goal for the Wolverines and the rest of the assists were from Sean Williamson (Falmouth, MA), Jeff Christiano (Rivervale, NJ), Evan O’Donnell (Montclair, NJ), and Matt Stango (Jupiter, FL).

The Wolverines finish up their season next week with a game on Wednesday at New Hampton at 6:00 P.M. followed by the Newport Cup which is a tournament with Army and Navy prep as well as the Hill Academy.

The lacrosse team also wants to offer congratulations to baseball for an impressive couple of wins this week and good luck to rugby and tennis.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

BA Pushes Past Phillips Academy

This past weekend the lacrosse team traveled down to Andover, MA to face Phillips Andover. They are a good team so the Wolverines knew they had to play well, and they did not disappoint walking away with an 11-6 win. The team jumped out to a 4-0 lead and continued at the half with a 7-1 lead.

Jeremy Buckley (Norwell, MA) lead the scoring with six goals in the contest. Matt Stango (Jupiter, FL) had two goals while Sean Fosse (New York, NY) added a goal and an assist. Brooks Billingham (Martha’s Vineyard, MA) tallied a goal and two assists and Ian Farley (Camillus, NY) contributed a goal and an assist. Colin Nesdale (Cheshire, CT) made 18 saves and Matt Mulligan (Garden City, NY) recorded one save as well.

“Our defense and goalies played amazing and our offense gave us a lot of support coach Bamann said”. We just came out and put the game away early.

Up next the team will play their only home game of the spring season as the Hyde School comes to North Bridgton on Wednesday the 27th to play at 4:00 P.M.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wolverines Lose A Close One to Avon Old Farm

The Bridgton Academy Team Traveled down to Avon CT last Wednesday to play Avon Old Farms. They are ranked 10th in the country in high school teams. It was a tough game as we were down early. We never recovered although we made a late run and came close but we had too many penalties. The final score was 13-9.

Alec Westerhoff (Le Grange Park, IL) and Matt Stango (Jupiter, FL) lead the scoring with two goals apiece. Ian Farley (Camillus, NY) and Spencer Matches (Sammamish, WA) each added a goal and an assist. Jeremy Buckley (Norwell, MA), Jeff Pearce (Stonington, CT), and Sean Fosse (New York, NY) all tallied goals as well. Colin Nesdale (Cheshire, CT) played in net and recorded 14 saves in the game.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Lacrosse Springs Back Against Bowdoin

The lacrosse team was able to turn things around late last week when they traveled to Bowdoin College to play their underclassmen and walked away with an 11-7 victory. The game started off well with Bowdoin up 2-1 at the end of the first quarter. After some back and forth play the score was tied at 4-4 at the half. The Wolverines were able to take a 7-5 lead at the end of the third quarter and Bowdoin could not fight back. Bridgton let loose on Bowdoin’s defense giving their own a break.

Ian Farley (Camillus, NY) led the scoring for BA with six goals in the game. Alec Westerhoff (Le Grange Park, IL) and Brooks Billingham (Martha's Vineyard, MA) both tallied a goal and three assists while Matt Stango (Jupiter, FL) added two goals. Sean Williamson (Falmouth, MA) tallied a goal and Jeff Pearce (Stonington, CT), Spencer Matches (Sammamish, WA), and Chris Barney (Cheshire, CT) all added assists. Colin Nesdale (Cheshire, CT) had 17 saves in net and Bridgton won 15 of the 20 faceoffs in the game.

Bowdoin was a very talented team that has won every matchup with Bridgton for the last six years. This win was huge for the Wolverines and Coach Bamann was beyond excited after the game. “Our guys played very hard this weekend and beat and very good Bowdoin team. I am proud of the win and how they rebounded back from Wednesday’s loss to Exeter. We made great strides and I look forward to pushing through until the end of the year,” commented Bamann.

On Wednesday the team will travel to Avon Old Farms in Connecticut to play at 4:00 PM.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

BA Falls to Exeter 12-5

The Wolverines made the trip to Phillips Exeter in the pouring rain to take the field for what promised to be a good match up. While the rain let up for the game, Phillips Exeter didn't. They came out strong and took a 6-0 lead the end of the first quarter. Jeremy Buckley (Norwell, MA) came out strong for BA in the second quarter scoring BA's first goal of the match up. Alec Westerhoff (Le Grange Park, IL) also scored for BA cutting Exeter's lead to 7-2 going into the half.

Phillips Exeter came out strong again after the half scoring 5 goals in a row. The Wolverines found some drive in the last few minutes scoring three unanswered goals at the end courtesy of Matt Stango (Jupiter, FL), Eddie Suh (Colchester, CT), and Brooks Billingham (Martha's Vineyard, MA). However it wasn't enough to come back and win and BA walked away with a tough 12-5 loss.

In the loss Colin Nesdale (Cheshire, CT) played in net made 14 saves. Chris Barney (Cheshire, CT) and Spencer Matches (Sammamish, WA) combined won eight of the 16 face offs in the game.

Coach Bamann was upset with the loss but complementary of the opposing team saying, “I felt like our head just weren’t in it today. We were a different team out there and we just got beat by a great team."

Up next the Wolverines hope to bounce back against Bowdoin College's JV squad on Friday at 1:00 PM.

Here are some shots from yesterdays game:

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Golden Bears Sneak Past the Wolverines

The Wolverine lacrosse team traveled down to Springfield, MA to Play Western New England College. Being a top 20 team, the game promised great competition. A top ranking paired with the varsity players WNEC added to their roster, and BA had their work cut out for them.

The game started off very sloppy as WNEC got off to a great start. At the end of the first quarter WNEC was up 4-1. The Wolverines had a slew of unforced turnovers throwing the ball out of bounds too many times. The second quarter was more of the same as Bridgton had to play catch up the whole half. The score at the half was 7-3.

After an energizing halftime Bridgton came out and scored two quick goals which cut WNEC’s lead to 7-5. It then went back and forth and “WNEC just controlled the ball a little better than us” coach Bamann said. BA scored another two goals but WNEC answered with goals of their own. The Final score was 12-7 in favor of Western New England.

Ian Farley (Camillus, NY) led the scoring for BA with four goals in the contest. Matt Stango (Jupiter, FL) followed with one goal and one assist. Jeff Christiano (Rivervale, NJ) and Dom Crowley (Bainbridge Island, WA) tallied BA’s last two goals of the contest while Brooks Billingham (Martha's Vineyard, MA), Eddie Suh (Colchester, CT), and Chris Barney (Cheshire, CT) all recorded assists. BA won 11 of the 20 face offs in the game. Colin Nesdale (Cheshire, CT) played in net and made 26 saves for the Wolverines.

Coach Bamann thought that BA’s effort was strong but commented, “we just made too many mistakes on both sides of the ball and we had a late start on offense. These were the reasons we just couldn’t dig out of the hole we were in. We as a coaching staff saw some good and bad and so we will have a good week of practice and get ready for Exeter and Bowdoin this week.”

BA had some alum at the game both playing and in the stands. Pat White’08, Nick Jez’08, and Billy Mason’08 all play for the WNEC Golden Bears. Nick Jez received rookie of the year honors as a freshman while Pat White received first teams honors last year and has been there leading scorer for a couple years. Matt Hay’10 who plays at American International College was also in attendance.

Up next the Wolveines play Exeter at 4:00 pm on Wednesday and Bowdoin on Friday at 4:30. Thanks for your support and good luck to the other spring sports.