Tuesday, November 15, 2011

BA Dominates Crimson Classic

The Bridgton Academy lacrosse team traveled down to Cambridge, Mass to play in a showcase at Harvard University. The first game was at 8:00 A.M., so the guys had to leave at 4:30 A.M. The game started out pretty slow as we were matched up with the best team at the showcase - the Clams Club team out of Mass. The Clams got up 4-2, however Bridgton tied it up and went into the half with a score of 4-4. In the second half, Bridgton scored two goals right off the bat. It didn't take long for the Clams to answer back with one of their own. With the determination to win the game, Bridgton cruised for the remainder of the second half to beat them by 4 or 5 goals. "We moved the ball well and scored on most of our chances," commented Coach Bamann. He added, "I was very impressed with how well we played, and I heard from a lot of coaches stating the same thing."

In the second game of the day, Bridgton played a Canadian team from Mississauga, Ontario. Their box style threw Bridgton off a little, and as a result, they scored first. After that, Bridgton was able to beat their goalie with well placed shots. For most of the first half, they were able to hang in there with Bridgton. However, sloppy plays and penalties allowed the Wolverines to capitalize on their mistakes. As a result, we beat them by 2 or 3 goals. "I was most impressed by our composure," said coach Bamann. "Their team got very chippy, and for a while it was an ugly game. In the end, our guys kept control and it showed."

In the third and final game of the day, Bridgton went up against the New Hampshire Tomahawks Club team, who proved to be a tough opponent. Their defense and goalies played well, and they came up with some huge stops. Again, Bridgton's opponent scored first, but the Wolverines quickly tied it up. The score remained 1-1 through the first half and it was very frustrating. Both teams scored to open up the second half to make it 2-2. With time running out Bridgton went ahead and won the game 3-2.

This was a great day and the coaching staff was very happy that the guys were able to stay unbeaten. It was another successful showcase as we played in front of 70 coaches and there were 60 teams. It is nice to see the guys really play well as a team. Coach Bamann commented,
"I like the chemistry going into the last event in the fall."

Up next, the Wolverines are heading to Marlborough, MA on Sunday, November 20th to play in the Beantown Fall showcase.

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