The Broughton Boy’s Varsity CapsLax team lost another close defensive struggle to conference rival Cardinal Gibbons, 5 vs. 7. In Gibbons’ style of play, each offensive possession is long, methodical, fundamentally sound execution where they exploit any defensive mental breakdown. Our boys experienced that type of game Tuesday night. Ball possession is what wins those close games, as measured by getting the ball (winning face offs, ground balls, creating turnovers, goalie stops, and clears to offensive transition), maintaining the ball (minimizing turnovers), and offensive execution (number of shots on frame, assists). Frankly, Gibbons won most of these categories Tuesday night, not Broughton.
With few exceptions, the CapsLax team defensive did a noteworthy job, as they have consistently in this young season. Austin Johnson was stellar once again inside the cage. Yet we missed several goalie clears, lost the ground ball battles, and committed more penalties which created man down situations that Gibbons exploited (3 man-down goals to none for Broughton). Our CapsLax team struggled to maintain ball possession on offensive, particularly in the second half, and recorded only one assisted goal (senior Wilson Purcell to junior Justin Moore). Otherwise senior Mitchell Dupere accounted for 4 unassisted goals which was the extent of the offense.
This weekend the Boy's Varsity CapsLax team was invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Brine King of the Spring Face-Off in Durham March 11-14th. This year’s field has been expanded to 18 teams from 7 different states. ESPN Rise is scheduled to broadcast live throughout the weekend. Broughton plays Texas powerhouse St. Mark's (Dallas, Texas) @ 2:00 p.m. on the Duke Turf fields adjacent to Koskinen Stadium.