The boys varsity lacrosse team defeated Phillips Andover Academy 9-6 on Saturday, May 7, in a game under the lights at Andover.
Sophomore midfielder Emmett Heissan gave the Pelicans a good start, exploding on offense and scoring the first three goals of the game. Andover was forced to take a timeout and make adjustments defensively, but with all eyes on Heissan, sophomore midfielder Eli Velepec found the back of the net with a well-placed shot, giving the Pelicans a 4-0 lead.
Andover responded with a goal of its own to make the score 4-1, but Heissan stepped up once again before the end of the first quarter and scored his fourth of the game, giving the Pelicans a 5-1 lead headed into the second quarter.
The Andover defense found a way to stifle the Pelican offense and kept them out of the net for the remainder of the half while also scoring two goals of its own, bringing the tally to 5-3 in favor of Loomis.
A couple of adjustments at halftime helped the Pelican offense come back to life, and the teams traded goals in the third quarter. Senior captain Andrew Ross and junior attackman Nate Cobery scored for the Pelicans to keep Loomis’ two-goal lead intact.
In the fourth quarter, senior faceoff man Heath Holmes won several important draws that allowed the Pelicans to control the game, and two more goals from Velepec and two big saves from senior goalkeeper Evan Miner allowed Loomis to take home a 9-6 victory.
Up next, the Pelicans travel to Williston Northampton for a game against the Wildcats on Wednesday, May 9, at 4 p.m., before closing out the regular season with Founders League play on Saturday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 18.