Hanover Boys' Lacrosse Opens the Season With Overtime Win
Marauders Top VT Champion CVU 12-11
The Hanover High boys’ lacrosse team opened their season on a high note Monday, rallying from a first-half deficit to beat four-time defending Vermont state champion Champlain Valley Union in overtime by a score of 12-11. Junior Graham Penfield led the way for the Marauders, scoring five goals including the overtime game-winner.
Hanover started slowly, trailing 5-2 after the first quarter, and 5-3 at halftime. The Marauders turned it on in the third quarter, outscoring the Red Hawks 5-2 to take an 8-7 lead. Senior Jake Acker scored his third goal of the game to give Hanover a 9-7 lead with 10:14 left, but CVU rallied back, pulling back a goal on a man-up situation and then tying the contest with 6:35 remaining.
With the clock winding down and everything on the line, Penfield stepped up and gave Hanover the lead with 3:27 remaining. CVU responded immediately, tying the game at 10-10 only sixteen seconds later. Things looked grim for the Marauders with less than a minute to play when the Red Hawks regained the lead. Hanover gained possession after the faceoff, however, and calmly worked the ball to Senior Reed Winter, who buried a shot for his second goal of the game, tying things with 31 seconds to play. Neither team was able to mount a bid as time ran out, and the match headed to sudden death overtime.
Champlain Valley, who had beaten Hanover 14-7 last year, took advantage of a pushing call against the Marauders and dominated the first several minutes of overtime, launching four shots at Marauder goalie Mason Winter, who stood on his head and saved all four. Hanover regained possession in the own end, and as he had done several times earlier, Reed Winter used his speed and agility to get the ball into CUV territory. With only 1:29 remaining, Penfield worked free out front and tallied the game winner, thereafter disappearing under a pile of overjoyed teammates.
In addition to the aforementioned goal scorers, Hanover received a number of strong performances. Senior Griffin Johnson scored with 10 seconds remaining in the first quarter, and junior Brian Pattison got the second-half rally going with his first goal of the season. Senior Patrick Logan was a rock on defense, and did an excellent job advancing the ball out of his end more than once.
Coach Ryan Gardner praised the Marauders, commenting, “I was really proud of the team battling back from a 5-2 deficit at the end of the first quarter. We understood that the key to the game was going to be winning the ground ball battle, and we did so in the third quarter to take the lead. We still have a long way to go, but the effort and intensity was outstanding. There are always numerous pivotal moments in a one-goal game, but a few stand out: Owen Brooks came up with a huge fourth-quarter ground ball. Griffin Johnson played some outstanding one on one defense in the riding game to force a key turnover. Mason Winter had four overtime saves to preserve our ability to make a play. Overall, a tremendously fun game to watch and coach.”
The win was a key confidence booster for the Marauders, who next entertain NH lax behemoth Bishop Guertin at 4:00 on Thursday.
Hanover's JV lost their season opener to Champlain Valley 7-3. The Marauders trailed 6-1 at halftime, and tightened up their defense in the second half, according to Coach Kent Penfield. Charlie Baughman led the scoring with two goals.