Men’s Lax Suffers Close Loss to Coast Guard in Playoffs
Coast Guard started fast out of the gates, getting an early lead on Stonehill that they would not relinquish for the entire game. As Stonehill got their bearings, they began to chip away at the lead, but every time things were looking up, Coast Guard scored to stop Hill’s momentum. Stonehill scored two quick goals to start the second half and cut the deficit to 3 goals, and entered the 4th quarter down by only 4, but Coast Guard went on a late run to put the game away. The final score was not indicative of how tight the game was for the majority of the contest.
Senior Connor Green scored 3 goals in the game, while Junior Anthony Powers scored twice and assisted two others. Connor McDevitt, Devin Green, and Nick Palen each scored 2 goals. Senior Bobby Flippin scored 1 goal. The Stonehill defensive unit of Charlie MacDonald, Jordan Medeiros, Mike Filbin, Ryan Zayac, Ryan O’Shea, and Mike Phillips played hard, but the run-and-gun tempo played into Coast Guard’s favor and Stonehill could not match their scoring pace. The loss means the end of a six game winning streak and the end of the season for Stonehill.
Head Coach, Joe McDonough, summed up the season saying, “Our guys played their hearts out today and left it all on the field. They have nothing to be ashamed of. It was really a great season and I’m happy with what we accomplished. Unfortunately, today we tried to match Coast Guard’s fast style of play instead of doing what we’ve done well all season. That was a coaching mistake on my part. They were ready for a lot of the things we threw at them and we had trouble adapting. Hats off to my seniors. They stepped up all year and did a great job for us. They are leaving big shoes to fill. As for the rest of the team, I’m already excited to see what we can do next year. I believe we’ve got a great foundation and I’m sure we’ll be here again with a different outcome.”