Editor’s note: The following was written by Matt “Ramathorne” Ramsey of the Connecticut Valley Lacrosse Club, a competitive post-collegiate team competing in the American Lacrosse League.
I’ll keep this brief, because nobody likes to talk about a team that’s lost two in a row, unless of course you’re Notre Dame Football.
On Saturday March 27, CVLC traveled up to Southern New Hampshire University to take on War Pigs Lacrosse Club. It was a cold night as temperatures hovered around freezing, but that did not change the atmosphere of the game. Once again the result was not in CVLC’s favor; however, after a long bye week it was just nice to be on the field again.
The War Pigs were led by former Keene State standouts Matt Johnson and Sean Panora, as well as, Kevin Buchanan of the Minnesota Swarm. The Pigs were also backed by Potsdam keeper Jeff Smith who recorded 18 saves in the match.
At the face-off X the War Pigs dominated winning almost every single draw; due to low numbers, wing play was weak from CVLC. The Pigs got on the board first on a solid dodge from up top and a rifle of a shot to the back of the net; CVLC’s quick attempt to answer off the ensuing face-off and turnover was punched aside by the War Pigs keeper.
For CVLC, watching the Pigs keeper stop shot after shot turned out to be the story of the night. Tensions were brewing on the CVLC sideline after a 4-1 first quarter deficit.
The second quarter picked up right where the first left off with a Pigs goal off the draw. CVLC was able to crack the keeper shortly after on a goal by former Greensboro sniper, Matt Perry. The goal rejuvenated CVLC for the time being, but didn’t threaten the Pigs keeper in the least. At the half, CVLC was looking at a 6 goal shortfall trailing 8-2.
As the 2nd half got underway, CVLC starting crawling back; taking 2 goals back to cut the Pigs lead to 8-4 with a couple of goals by former Skidmore All-American Charlie McNeil. That was all she wrote; however, as the Pigs pounded a few more home and finished the game with a 12-4 win.
So, as week 4 comes to an end CVLC finds itself in desperation needing to win out the rest of its league games to qualify for the playoffs.
Around The League
In other action around the division the Crabs improved their record to an impressive 3-0 defeating North Shore LC 9-8 and Bay State stole a win from Homegrown LC 10-9 moving to 1-2 on the season.
A lot of teams saw action this past weekend; Washington LC dominated Chevy Chase LC 27-3, Black Banana rolled over LV Steam 18-3, NYAC looks to take down another league title again beating Brooklyn LC 19-1 and Tri-State remains strong powering over the Old Bridge Generals 24-1.
In other close action Dunn Financial beat Team Bosch 7-6, Quaker LC commanded GMH Philadelphia 11-7 and Nobles LC took a win away from Portside LC.
As Easter weekend approaches the entire league takes a break. Up next for CVLC is Bay State LC on April 11.
About the author: Ramathorne’s career took him from the Varsity fields of Southington High School and the Nutmeg Elite Lacrosse programs to Division III top 25 school, Eastern Connecticut State University. Ramsay played as a midfielder for the Warriors from 2005-2008 helping the team to a Little East Conference Championship in 2006 and a birth into the Division III National Championship Tournament.
After graduating from Eastern Connecticut Ramsay assisted with the Rip-It Lacrosse program and currently runs Connecticut Calley Lacrosse Club, a competitive post-collegiate team competing in the American Lacrosse League.