SPORTS Lacrosse Team Puts an Among the Starz
The Critic, Page 8
April 18, 2014
End to the Losing Streak
Kevin Kelleher Critic Sports Writer
There was no room for a lack of focus during the Lyndon State College Lacrosse team’s recent 11-8 victory over Green Mountain. “I have no complaints about how our players played in terms of heart and hard effort, they worked hard,” said Coach Richard Aberle Sr. The April 8th win for the Hornets was there first of the season but it didn’t come easy. The hornets were down for the majority of the first half but fought back from a three goal deficit. Third year attack man Robert Crupi snagged a hat trick early in the game by putting in three and also set up freshman midfielder Justin Mosher for a goal of his own, resetting the scoreboard just in time for intermission. “I think the game against Green Mountain was a metaphor for our whole season, we started out as a raw talented team with promise and started to underachieve, and losing is hard on any team, but all those feelings started to manifest themselves when we were down 4-1 with the potential of losing,” said captain attack man Richard Aberle Jr. Tied at 4-4, the hornets quickly dangled their way into a three goal lead early in the third quarter when Mosher snuck in two more for a hat trick and Aberle Jr, made his way on to the score sheet with one as well. Now 7-4, Green Mountain pushed back, scoring one of their own, but Mosher was quick to return the favor with his fourth goal for the hornets. ”Our offense is definitely working the ball around a lot better” Mosher explained. Green Mountain answered with two more before the final seconds of the third quarter. The 8-7 game went back and forth for a bit before Green Mountain tied it up in the fourth. With a little over eight minutes left on the clock, Lyndon turned on the jets, picking up three unanswered goals to win the game. “We again saw ourselves give way to our opponent and allowed them back in to the game at 8-8, and it left me standing on the field actually believing we were actually going to lose to Green Mountain. But the whole team invested in each other, Shane
and Marcus made big saves to keep it at 8-8, the defense locked down, the middies cleared the ball and initiated the offense for the three attack man to score three late goals to finish the game 11-8,” explained Aberle Jr, as he and Crupi each zinged another right past the opposing goaltender. Crupi also fed one to teammate Dominic DiTomasso who fired one into the back of the net. “As a player for me it was a big game obviously I mean I hadn’t had like a huge game all year like I had last year and I ended up putting up 6 points so that was big on a personal level, but it was more about our team. 100%, everyone was a factor and played well top to bottom,” said Crupi who scored more points in the Green Mountain game than he has all season. A first year freshman on the team, Billy Bazyk also contributed to the game, assisting two of the goals. The promising rookie leads the team in points with 22. Lyndon got down and dirty gaining an edge over Green Mountain by winning more face offs and ground balls. The Hornets went 16 for 19 on face offs and scooped up 40 of the 78 ground balls. A lot of the credit goes to midfielder Colin Young who currently has the most groundballs on the team and is also 6th in the North Atlantic Conference for face offs won. In the green mountain game he took all the face-offs and also had 11 ground balls. Marcus Bessette who was in net for the majority of the game had some key saves to keep his team in it, but was replaced in the last minute due to a penalty. Shane Morin stepped in and had a beautiful save and a successful clear to finish off the game. With only two games left Lyndon will be facing up against Johnson State today at 12p.m. and New England College tomorrow at 1p.m. Having been beat by both teams last year Coach Aberle Sr. knows it will come down to whoever wants it more. “We have one team that we should be competitive with, one that were not up to their skill level but I think we’ll battle them both.” The Hornets are now 1-11 overall and 1-5 in the NAC. With only two games left they’re hoping to capitalize on the momentum from the win and finish the season strong.
Pitcher Jeff Williams to Play Summer Ball in the ABCCL
Coach Thomas White (Left) and freshman Jeff Williams together as Williams signs on with the Medford Starz of the Atlanic Baseball Confederation Collegiate League.
Photo by Corey Wells
Corey Wells Critic Sports Editor Jeff Williams will be taking his talents to New Jersey this summer where he will be pitching for the Medford Starz. When Lyndon’s season ends in May Williams, a freshman pitcher, will continue to play baseball in a summer league located in New Jersey. With the help of Head Coach Thomas White Williams was able to sign on with the Medford Starz. Medford is one of eight teams that make up the Atlantic Baseball Confederation Collegiate League. The ABCCL is a summer league for college athletes located entirely in New Jersey. The ABCCL’s schedule consists of 35 to 37 games with a play-off system in place at the end of the summer. Williams will use this opportunity to improve himself as a pitcher. “That would be the ultimate goal,” Williams said. “It is summer ball. It’s not like school ball. I mean, you’re still trying to play to win games obviously and there is a playoff system in this league, but ultimately summer ball is to focus on trying to get
better and improve on specific skills.” Playing in the ABCCL will give Williams the chance to work on his pitches while facing competition that will be better than what he is used to seeing in the North Atlantic Conference. “This would be a good opportunity to face players that are higher up in division and face some of the better hitters,” Williams said. Coach White is thrilled to see Williams joining a summer league. He sees how hard Williams works on and off the field and knows this is a chance for Williams to grow as a player and to help the future of Lyndon’s baseball team. “We were lucky to get Jeff into this New Jersey league,” White said. “It will be great exposure for him and to help him improve as a player and to help our program grow as well. “Jeff is an extremely hard worker. He gets the most out of his ability because he has such a great work ethic, whether it’s academically, whether it’s in the gym, lifting weights, or throwing extra pens. His work ethics is certainly going to get him places, not only in baseball, but in life.”
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Colby-Sawyer 1-5 4-14 Results from the past week: Saturday 4/12 L 12-0 to Farmington Saturday 4/12 W 9-4 over Farmington Sunday 4/13 L 13-5 to Farmington Sunday 4/13 W 5-0 over Farmington Upcoming matches: Friday 4/18 @ Colby-Sawyer 2 P.M. Friday 4/18 @ Colby-Sawyer 4:30 P.M. Saturday 4/19 against Castleton 1 P.M. Saturday 4/19 against Castleton 3:30 P.M. Monday 4/21 against NEC 2 P.M Monday 4/21 against NEC 4:30 P.M.
Results from the past week: Saturday 4/12 L 2-1 to Husson Saturday 4/12 L 5-2 to Husson Sunday 4/13 W 7-5 over Maine Maritime Sunday 4/13 W 5-1 over Maine Maritime Upcoming matches: Monday 4/21 against Thomas 2 P.M. Monday 4/21 against Thomas 4 P.M. Wednesday 4/23 @ Farmington 2 P.M. Wednesday 4/23 @ Farmington 4 P.M.
Results from the past week: Saturday 4/12 L 20-8 to MIT Sunday 4/13 Cancelled against Central Maine Community College Upcoming matches: Friday 4/18 @ Johnson State 12 P.M. Saturday 4/19 against NEC 1 P.M.
Results from the past week: Saturday 4/12 W 5-4 over Green Mountain Sunday 4/13 L 9-0 to Thomas Upcoming matches: Friday 4/18 @ Johnson State 3 P.M. Saturday 4/19 @ MCLA 1 P.M. Tuesday 4/22 against Castleton 3:30 P.M. Wednesday 4/23 against Colby-Sawyer 3:30 P.M.