The boys varsity lacrosse team defeated Phillips Andover Academy 6-4 on Saturday night, May 4, under the lights of Pratt Field.
Despite the low score, the game saw plenty of back-and-forth action, but both defenses played extremely well, limiting opportunities on offense. Almost five minutes had passed in the game before the first goal was scored, by Loomis Chaffee sophomore Evan Stowe. Stowe fired home a low missile past the Andover goalie on the man up thanks to a crisp pass from senior Ryan Schwender.
Two minutes later junior Pete Steinle doubled the Pelicans' lead when he rocketed a shot into the top corner of the goal off of a pass from senior Gus Mazzocca. Andover responded with two goals of its own before the quarter ended with the score at 2-2.
The two teams scored a goal each in the second quarter, leaving the game tied going into the second half.
In the third quarter sophomore Trae Ika and Steinle each scored to give the Pelicans a 5-3 lead, and from there Loomis was able to hold off a late Andover push and finish the game with the 6-4 win.
The Loomis defense and sophomore goalie Zach Koch played lights out and held a talented Andover squad to only four goals.
The Pelicans play three games this week. They host Williston Northampton on Wednesday, May 8, at 4:30 p.m., then travel to Northfield Mount Hermon on Friday, May 10, for a 5:30 p.m. game and play the next day at Taft at 4 p.m.