Connor Nolan moves through the Laconia defense on Thursday, May 15. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
May 20, 2014PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth boys' lacrosse team turned a slim halftime lead into a solid victory over Laconia on Thursday, May 15.
"We started taking better care of the ball and started clearing a little better," coach Glenn Mausolf said of his halftime adjustments. "We needed one or two little things to start clicking for us."
The two teams went back and forth for the first six minutes or so, with both teams getting chances. Jared Kuehl, Amani Mwingira and Evan Bolognani had the chances for the Bobcats, while the Sachems had a couple shots go wide.
The Bobcats finally got on the board with 5:33 to go in the first quarter, as Kyle Reisert bounced a shot past the Sachem keeper for a 1-0 lead.
Laconia came back and forced Bobcat keeper Dylan McIntosh to make a couple of solid saves, while Connor Nolan and Reisert also had good chances for the Bobcats before the quarter drew to a close with Plymouth up 1-0.
The Sachems pulled even just one minute into the second quarter, but Plymouth wasted little time getting back in the lead, as Nolan pushed his way through the defense and buried a shot for a 2-1 lead.
After Jim Nolan had a shot denied by the Laconia keeper, the Sachems came back and got the tying goal with 9:04 to go in the half.
Connor Nolan had another good chance for the Bobcats, but they couldn't convert. Plymouth did a great job killing off a penalty and the Sachems then fired a shot off the post and another wide of the net. Bolognani also had a shot go wide of the net.
However, with 3:28 to go in the half, the Bobcats were able to take the lead when Jim Nolan got in really close and fired the ball past the keeper for a 3-2 lead.
Mwingira, Connor Nolan and Kuehl continued to pressure for the Bobcats and the Sachems had a number of shots sail wide of the net as the half drew to a close with Plymouth up 3-2.
The Bobcats came out strong out of the gate, with Kuehl and Connor Nolan getting early chances. Jim Nolan was able to get the Bobcats on the board with 9:52 to go in the third quarter when she finished off a feed from Reisert to make it 4-2.
The Bobcats upped that lead less than a minute later when Connor Nolan fired a shot into the twine for a 5-2 lead.
After Kuehl had another chance, Laconia came back and peppered the Plymouth defense and McIntosh with some chances and they made the pressure pay off, bouncing a shot past McIntosh to cut the lead to 5-3 with 4:03 to go.
The Bobcats came back strong to close out the quarter, as Connor Nolan fired a shot past the Sachem keeper with 2:31 to go and then finished off a great feed from his brother with 1:10 to go for a 7-3 lead and the Bobcats took that lead to the final quarter.
McIntosh took a penalty early in the fourth quarter, forcing Camden Swanson to head to the net, where he turned away the one shot he faced before McIntosh got back in the net.
Connor Nolan netted his fifth goal of the game with 6:27 to go for an 8-3 lead and with 5:10 to go, Reisert made it 9-3 for the Bobcats.
Connor Nolan and Mwingira had offensive chances, while McIntosh turned away Laconia's best chance. The Sachems were able to get the ball in the net with 2:23 to go and McIntosh spoiled the remainder of their chances, sealing the 9-4 win.
"Give Laconia credit, they really pushed hard," Mausolf said. "They played good, solid defense and their goalie made nice saves."
Mausolf pointed out that it's always tough playing a team twice.
"It's a chess match," he said. "It's a matter of adjustments."
He also praised the work of the Nolan brothers and McIntosh.
"Being brothers, they're consistently talking to each other, it's just good chemistry and it was able to show through today," Mausolf said of the Nolans.
"And Dylan really stood tall," the Bobcat coach continued. "The goals they got, they really had gone ones."
The Bobcats opened the week with a 12-5 win over Merrimack Valley.
They finish things up with home games against Kingswood on Friday, May 23, at 4 p.m., Gilford on Tuesday, May 27, at 3:30 p.m. and Kennett on Wednesday, May 28, at 4 p.m.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or firstname.lastname@example.org