After Delaware Military Academy struck for a last-second goal to end the first half of Friday night’s boys lacrosse match, Tower Hill knew they were up against a challenge.
The Hillers responded loudly in the second half, outscoring the Seahawks 7-1 on their way to a 12-9 win, their second straight win against a previously unbeaten team.
“We came out flat in that first half; we were trying to do too much individually,” Hillers coach Brad DuPont said. “In the second half we settled down and played more of a team game.”
“We knew we were down, and we said at halftime that everybody had to step it up,” senior Andrew Pettit said. “We were able to turn it around in that second half.”
Did they ever. After Paul Wolfe’s laser eluded Hillers goalie Michael Gianaforcaro just before the halftime buzzer to give the Seahawks (8-1) an 8-5 halftime lead, Tower Hill (7-2) closed ranks and closed off DMA’s offense thanks to a fine defensive effort and a patient offense that allowed Pettit and Russell Applegate, who scored the go-ahead goal with 6:43 to go in the fourth quarter, to roam free near the DMA net.
“Our defense just stepped up big in the second half and that gave us some great opportunities on offense,” Applegate said. “Turnovers killed us early on, but we were able to take advantage of their turnovers in the second half and get some goals.”
“You win as a team, and you lose as a team,” DuPont said. “I think the kids played well in the second half, and this win was a total team effort.”
“This win is big for us because the biggest thing is knowing that we have the resiliency to win,” Andrew Pettit said. “We don’t get down we’re behind. We just keep playing.”
Justin Carroll scored three goals, and William Hitchens and Matthew Hoffecker each added two goals apiece to lead DMA’s scoring.
TOWER HILL 12, DELAWARE MILITARY ACADEMY 9
DMA 4 4 1 0 — 9
Tower Hill 2 3 3 4—12
Goals: DMA – Carroll 3, Hitchens 2, Hoffecker 2, D’Angelo 1, Wolfe 1. Tower Hill – Pettit 6, Applegate 3, Miller 2, Mendgen 1
Assists: DMA – Carroll, Hitchens, Weaver. Tower Hill – Spruance 3, Applegate 2, Mendgen 1, Miller 1, McCoy 1.
Shots: DMA – 31. Tower Hill 29.
Saves: DMA 7 (Kurfuerst). Tower Hill 12 (Gianforcaro).