May River boys lacrosse used lockdown defense in the middle periods to rally from an early deficit and held on for a thrilling 13-12 win at Richmond Hill on Thursday.
After scoring eight goals in the season opener, Brooks van Esselstyn continued his dominance with a sock trick of six goals along with two assists, and Andrew Dromsky added four goals and an assist to lead a strong May River attack.
Whitt Beebe added two goals, Sam Mayo scored a goal, and Thomas Raisch added two assists for the Sharks, and Alex Dunton and Dave Lavery combined to go for 14-for-29 on faceoffs.
Jacob Bollinger added a dozen groundballs and caused three turnovers, and Corbin Wiltse dusted off a shaky start with another 16-save performance to lead a defense that allowed just two goals in the second quarter and shut out the Wildcats in the third to turn the tide.
“We pulled out a close one thanks to our attack and the work of the defensive midfield,” May River coach Tom Dyer said. “Hats off to Richmond Hill, they’re going to win a ton of games this year. We still have a long way to go, we need to clean up the mistakes and regroup for Greenville on Saturday.”
Offensive coordinator Tommy Heberer credited a return to the game plan of attacking early and running in transition for the Sharks surge after a sluggish start and was pleased with the rope unit — the short-stick defensive midfielders and long-stick midfielders — which led the defensive resurgence.
The Sharks will observe Youth Day when they play their home opener at 11 a.m. Saturday against Greenville.
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