The boys varsity lacrosse team defeated the Rivers School 12-8 on the Upper Turf at Loomis Chaffee on Saturday, March 23, on the back of a five-point effort from junior Matt Rubino.
The game could not have gotten off to a better start for the Pelicans, as senior faceoff man Jarrod Davis won the opening draw, pushed the ball down the field to sophomore attackman Trae Ika, who calmly dished it to Rubino for an easy finish on the crease, giving the Pelicans a 1-0 lead less than 10 seconds into the game.
From there the two teams battled back and forth, trading goals in a first half that saw plenty of transition in the midfield. The Pelicans led 7-5 at the half.
After some adjustments, the Pelicans came out with a greater concern for ball possession in the second half and kept their turnover numbers down, allowing them to take control of the game and dominate time of possession.
The play of the game came off of the efforts of sophomore long stick midfielder Bodi Sutherland, who forced a turnover at the midfield with just over two minutes to play. His forced turnover and ground ball eventually led to the goal that gave the Pelicans a five-goal lead, securing the game.
Sophomore goaltender Zach Koch made eight saves in his debut as a Pelican. Sophomore midfielder Eamon Moylan earned the team's player of the game for his work at the midfield.
Players who recorded points in the game can be found in the game recap on the boys varsity lacrosse team page.
Up next, the team travels to Dedham, Massachusetts, for a 4 p.m. matchup on Wednesday, March 27, against Nobles and Greenough. Last year the Pelicans fell to the Bulldogs 7-15.