The Hamden Hall Varsity spring teams are in full swing, and though there are no titles to vie for, the players, coaches, and parents are all certainly enjoying the opportunity to compete.
In recent action, the Boys Lax team earned a split for their efforts. Returning from a quarantine layoff, the Hornets looked rusty and were outclassed by a solid St. Luke’s squad 16-3. Nevertheless, the young squad rebounded well and continued to improve and gel over the week. This Wednesday, they traveled to West Hartford to square off against Kingswood-Oxford and emerged 10-9 winners in a thrilling contest. The Hornets got off to a solid start with two goals by 8th grader Niko Millhouse and senior captain Kai Bruneau to take a 3-1 lead after the first frame. The hosts kept it close throughout the rest of the half, though long sticks Konye Taylor, Bennett DellaValle, and Xavier Carter did a great job limiting the Wyverns’ scoring opportunities. Meanwhile, the other senior captain, Liam Kohler, combined with John Golioto to send a number of deadly shots past the K-O netminder to maintain a two goal lead at halftime. The Hornets extended their lead to 9-5 early in the second half thanks to the sharpshooting Bruneau, aided by 8th grader Slade Engstrom. However, the Hornets began to run into penalty trouble, enabling the Wyverns to whittle the difference down to one. Freshman Tyler Gibson, who was rock solid throughout, came up with a number of key saves, including a bone crunching kick stop to maintain the slim lead. After having survived a final man down situation, the Hornets then showed great cool and composure as they passed, ran, and held the ball in the K-O end for the final 3 minutes. It was a well earned victory, and one that Coach Warnock and the team will surely look back on as a highlight of the season. The team next travels to Greenwich Country Day on Saturday.