Greenwich Academy suffers first loss of the season

Izzy Nixon of Greenwich Academy battles for the ball during Saturday's game. Bob Luckey photo

Izzy Nixon of Greenwich Academy battles for the ball during Saturday’s game. Bob Luckey photo

It took a long while for the Greenwich Academy lacrosse team to suffer its first loss of the 2013 season. The Gators were 13-0 before dropping a 17-14 decision at home to rival Hotchkiss School Saturday and this game took almost four hours due to a thunderstorm that halted played for an hour and 15 minutes.

Lacrosse can be played in heavy rain, but once lightning starts flashing the players have to leave the field and that’s what both teams did. The squads stayed in their respective locker rooms for a while, before they both made their way to the GA gymnasium to warm up. GA started the game strong, jumping out to a 3-1 lead the first eight minutes of play. Hotchkiss tied it at 3-3, then the Gators went up 4-3 on a goal by Lexi Henkel. The Bearcats then went on a 6-0 run to open a 9-4 lead. GA cut the lead to 9-7 at halftime, but that 6-0 spurt during an eight-minute span proved to one of the pivotal stretches of the game. Here’s a look at some of the key factors of the game and some noteworthy items.

DICKSON TOUGH ON THE DRAW: Amie Dickson was difficult to contend with in the circle, winning numerous draw controls for the team. She especially excelled when Hotchkiss scored six unanswered goals in the opening half.

“It’s so critical in this game to control the draw,” GA coach Angela Tammaro said. “We could have done a better job in that area. Hotchkiss’ game revolved around her. She was always making something happen.”

The Dickson name is familiar in town. A Greenwich native, she is the sister of GHS graduate David Dickson, who is playing lacrosse at Bucknell and Marshall Dickson, who plays for Brunswick.

FINISHING STRONG: Greenwich Academy cut Hotchkiss’ advantage to 11-10 with 17 minutes remaining on Sasha Fritts‘ fifth goal of the game. But the Bearcats scored five of the game’s next six goals to go up 16-11 with seven minutes left.

“They are constantly moving, which makes them very tough to defend,” Henkel said. “They are a fast and aggressive team and move of the ball really well.”

BY THE NUMBERS: GA did a good job of taking care of the ball, committing only seven turnovers for the game. Lexie Seidel made eight saves in goal, Lexi Henkel had three goals, Emilia Tapsall had two goals and two assists and Fritts had six goals. The Gators missed their first five shots before scoring their first goal of the game.

RENEWING A RIVALRY: Greenwich Academy will travel to Greenwich High School Tuesday at 4 p.m., for a big matchup against the Cardinals. The two teams didn’t meet last year for the first time in several seasons, so both squads are eage to face each other.

“We are really glad that we’re playing Greenwich this year,” Henkel said. “It’s going to be a great game and we’re all looking forward to it.”

I’ll be writing a preview on the Greenwich High/Greenwich Academy game for Tuesday’s Greenwich Time.


Dave Fierro