With a 4-0 start, the St. Dom’s boys’ lacrosse team has bolted out to the best start of any area lacrosse team, despite a schedule that’s included two of the top five teams in Eastern Class B to this point.
The Saints, paced by brothers Trevar and Troy Haefele, Matt Adams and Tim Day, have been a scoring machine through the first third of the season, netting 58 goals in four contests, an average of more than 14 per game.
“It’s been a pretty potent offense,” coach Dave Haefele said. “We had a couple of really close games to start, and I think that really helped us out going forward, and also because we have to see them again this season. It gives the kids a sense of what we can expect.”
Troy Haefele set the tone in the first game, scoring the equalizer and the overtime winner for the Saints against Gardiner. He, his brother and Adams have formed a formidable attack, and Day has been a versatile utility player, running both offense and defense as a long-stick midfielder.
But with all of the goal-scoring, it would be easy to forget about Cody Rodrigue in the cage.
“He’s been so solid back there for us,” Dave Haefele said. “He’s one of the best goalies in the area.”
The Saints have also been helped out with the emergence of a pair of key freshmen in Shawn O’Connell and Nick Hatfield.
“(O’Connell) has been great helping Trevar out with faceoffs,” Dave Haefele said. “It takes some of the pressure off when we have someone who can step in and take a few of those and be successful.”
Leading the way
With Edward Little off to its best start at 3-0, the Eddies fell victim to a hungry Mt. Ararat squad, and partly, also, to themselves in an 11-9 setback under the lights last Friday.
Sullen and sour, Edward Little huddled together as a couple of players remained on the turf, victims of the grueling match that took more than two hours to play.
“In the end, they took the best we had, and they beat us,” EL coach Andy MacIsaac said. “They fought us off.”
It would have been easy for the Eddies to run through the customary post-game handshake and exchange a few non-pleasantries with the Eagles, but forcefully, in the huddle, EL senior and captain Tim Brodsky settled everyone down.
“Let’s shake their hands and show some respect,” Brodsky said loudly. “They beat us today, they were the better team.”
“That’s the kind of leadership we have,” MacIsaac said. “It’s one of the reasons we have had some success early this season.”
They play ‘D,’ too
It’s easy, through three games this season, to be enamored by the firepower the Mountain Valley girls are displaying.
Ayla Allen has a remarkable 29 goals through three contests, and Tia White has another eight. All told, the Falcons have scored 45 goals, an average of 15 per game, and are 2-1.
But, as coach Rick White will tell anyone who will listen, defense, eventually, will be this team’s calling card.
“Of the seven players we have on the field as defenders at one time, four of them are out there playing for the first time,” White said. “Honestly, we gave up a lot of goals in that first game, and we’re still learning, but you can tell we’re improving every game.”
A big piece of the defensive puzzle for Mountain Valley has been in net. Hollie Theriault is benefiting from some one-on-one time with new assistant coach Melissa Forbes, who’s also the field hockey coach at the school.
“She’s taken the goalies and kind of done her own thing with them, and it’s already showing,” White said. “(Theriault) made some great saves in the last couple of games, saves she might not have made in the last couple of years, because you can she, she’s more confident to go out and cut off angles.”