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Varsity Lacrosse at the 3D Prep Star Jamboree
The Eagles traveled eastward to participate in the 3D Prep Star Jamboree on Sunday, April 22. The boys were slated to play three games, first opening up with a formidable opponent in St. Johns Prep of Danvers. A slow start plagued the Eagles, as sloppy play and passive defense allowed the opposition to go up early. Inadequate compete levels and effort on both sides of the ball put Eaglebrook in a tough position throughout the game, as they could not generate an effective offensive possession or stymy the opponent’s attack. The score would eventually result in a 9-0 loss and the boys knew they needed to regroup and play a stronger brand of Eaglebrook lacrosse in order to find success in the following games.
For the second game, the boys were motivated to get back on track against the Bears from Fessenden. Crisp ball movement and stronger ground ball play allowed the Eagles to gain key possessions, which led to an early lead. Eaglebrook’s team defense also improved, as the boys were more aggressive and fundamentally sound. Great on-ball defense and timely slides allowed for constant pressure on the Bears’ offensive unit. As a result, the Eagles had some great opportunities up field. The Bears would add a few goals of their own, but the boys controlled the majority of the play and closed out a determined 5-4 victory.
To cap off the jamboree, the boys faced off against the Mustangs from Milton Academy. Again, the Eagles got off to a hot start, which was spearheaded by great faceoff play. The offensive unit showcased great ball movement, cutting to open seams and accurately finding the back of the net. The midfield unit also showed some effective dodging skills as well, getting down hill and freeing up their hands to bury some well-placed goals. The Eagles defense also did a nice job of limiting the Mustangs ability to get inside and limited them to outside shots. However, the despite the lack of penetration, the Mustangs asserted some offensive prowess by converting on some opportune outside shooting to keep the scoring balanced. Down the stretch the Eagles pulled ahead late, but a costly clearing turnover in their own end allowed Milton to tie the score at 6 apiece. The Eagles would eventually get a great look at the cage as time wound down, but were unable to convert and the score remained a tie.
Overall, the boys continually improved throughout the day and have a lot to be proud of. There is still a significant amount of work to be done on both sides of the ball, but as a whole, the Eagles are excited to continue their progress into Grandparents’ Day week.