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Men’s varsity lacrosse takes championship title

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The men’s lacrosse team overpowered the Glenelg Country School Dragons in the MIAA B conference finals, with a final score of 11 – 4.

Starting off with a shaky first quarter, the Patriots trailed behind the Dragons, but they were able to tie up the game by halftime, with a score of 3 – 3.

The Patriots gained momentum in the second half, rapidly firing eight goals past the Dragons’ defense.

“We were able to get the butterflies out of our stomachs after the first half and just shoved goal after goal down [Glenelg’s] throats,” senior Seth Hinder said.

The offensive aggression displayed by the top scorers, seniors Sam Chell, Brendon Dashiell, and Seth Hinder, and juniors Ricky DiMicco and Austin Kozel, was key for the Patriots’ success. Junior August Pons also played the star role in tying up the score 3 -3 with his unassisted goal.

The Patriots struggled against Glenelg scorers such as senior Will Jenkins, sophomore, Michael Burks, and junior Gleb Borovak, but Patriot senior goalie Colin Rayburn stepped up his game and allowed only one goal in the second half. Senior Dave Pons played a vital role on defense by aiding Rayburn in this success.

“It really was a team performance. Dave [Pons], Colin [Rayburn], and everyone had a great game, once they got themselves together. We were a little tight in the beginning, but they had a will, a desire to finish this off right,” assistant coach Matthew Blair said.

After three consecutive years in the MIAA B conference championships, the Patriots finally sealed the deal with the conference title.

“The third time’s the charm,” Dave Pons said. “We have 22 MVPs.”

“We may have started off playing slow, but then we started playing John Carroll lacrosse, our forte, and we won. It’s as simple as that,” August Pons said.

Katie Clarke can be reached for comment at kclarke@jcpatriot.com.

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