PARIS — Edward Little is hoping that one streak begets another.
After opening the season with three wins, the Eddies backtracked through the standings with three consecutive setbacks, all to established lacrosse programs. Tuesday, with a revamped offense and a new focus, they regained their scoring touch — and their presence in the win column.
Tom Lynch netted three goals and added an assist, Tim Brodsky added a pair of each, Travis Landry potted two and Cory Morin found the back of the net for his first varsity goal as Edward Little jumped out to an early lead and cruised to an 8-1 win over the Vikings at the Gouin Athletic Complex.
The Eddies climbed back above the .500 mark with the win.
“We’re trying to get back into a flow,” EL coach Andy MacIsaac said. “We moved our first line of midfielders up to attack today. What we’ve been finding is that at the end of games that have been tough games, our top guys were getting so tired they couldn’t move, so we’ve changed things up a bit.”
After an initial surge from the Vikings’ offense, during which they managed their only shot of the first quarter, EL played a game of possession, moving the ball from behind the cage to the wings, almost at will.
“We were on a three-game slide, so coming back into this we knew we needed one,” EL attack Tim Brodsky said. “We needed to get some momentum back, because we knew we were definitely capable of it.”
Defensively, the Vikings tried a variety of ideas to slow the Eddies down, throwing man coverage and zone defenses at them.
“We went from a man to a zone, kind of packed it in and tried to force them to the outside and let our goalkeeper make saves,” Oxford Hills coach Matt Brunsen said.
Hunter Rowell, the Vikings’ keeper, stopped 10 of the Eddies’ 27 offerings.
Lynch netted Edward Little’s first pair of goals, one at the three-minute mark of the first quarter, and another just 1:28 later to put the visitors on top by a pair.
Landry hit for his first at 1:05 after that, and fellow freshman Cory Morin scored his first as a varsity player at 2:06 to play in the opening frame to stake EL to a 4-0 advantage.
Brodsky, Lynch and Landry each added one in the second quarter to put the Eddies on top 7-0 at the half.
EL letting off the gas pedal a bit in the second half, coupled with an increased offensive presence from Oxford Hills led to a swiftly-played and evenly-matched second half. Dana Aube scored for the Vikings 7:03 into the second half to put the home squad on the board.
Brodsky extended the lead back to seven 2:08 later, and neither team scored again.
“As the season’s progressed, we’ve started being a bit more aggressive,” Brunsen said. “We had a good win last week against Lake Region. I know their program is in its infancy, but it was one of our better games, and I think that’s one thing that’s improved as the season’s gone on.”