blank'/> Broughton Sports Update: Caps Lacrosse Beats Perennial State Power

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Caps Lacrosse Beats Perennial State Power

This was a good season opener for the Broughton Boy’s Varsity Lacrosse team on Tuesday evening, 2/28, beating perennial power, Chapel Hill, 16 vs. 6 in the first regular game for each team. Broughton avenges its loss to Chapel Hill in the first round of the state tournament at the end of last season. Broughton showed noticeable improvement over both pre-season scrimmages. This game warrants accolades for both the entire team and individual players, but there are some areas of improvement needed as well.

Of particular note, the defense was solid all evening, not allowing Chapel Hill to effectively run their offense. The defense limited Chapel Hill to horizontal dodges with very little down–the-alley ball entry, angled ball movement, or shots on goal. Crease play from their attackmen was effectively eliminated. Chapel Hill had only 18 total shots all game. A. Johnson was on task all night in goal, saving 12 of 16 (66%) shots on goal. Our defense cleared the ball well, completing all 12 saves in transition to offense. At one point, Chapel Hill went from 6:17 in the 2nd period all the way to the 6:45 mark in the 4th period before scoring their 4th goal.

Offensively, the team got scoring contribution from several players lead by seniors M. Dupere (5 goals) and S. Creech (4 goals), followed by D. Angell, S. Cramer, C Churchill, and D Pitts who split the remaining 7 goals between them. Assists were recorded from C. Whyte, W. Purcell and H. Black.

This was definitely a good win for Broughton, suggesting this veteran boy’s varsity team is among one of the premier teams in the RTP area this season. The team plays conference rival Wakefield at home on Friday evening (3/4) @ 7:30 PM, followed by an endowment game with a talented Riverside team on Saturday evening (3/5) @ 6:00 PM. (Note: Saturday’s game is paid admission although it is a home game.) Areas for improvement would be getting a higher assist to goal ratio (only 3 of 16), and winning more face-offs (only 9 of 24).

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