Jack Hamel is a “natural,” according to his coach. The attackman simply knows how to finish near the crease, has a knack for scoring and has a natural feel for the game.
So, naturally, Hamel scored four times, including the deciding goal with 3:40 remaining as Franklin D. Roosevelt held on to edge Millbrook, 10-9, on Thursday in high school boys lacrosse.
Hamel dodged a defender on the far wing, weaved inside and beat the goalie for his fourth tally, giving the Presidents a 10-7 lead. He also had an assist.
“He’s been in the program for four years and he’s come a long way as a player,” Presidents coach Dan Hushion said of Hamel, a Western Connecticut commit. “He’s just a natural scorer. I can’t say enough about him.”
Millbrook rallied and pulled within a goal with 20 seconds left. However, Quin Winkler won the ensuing faceoff and Christian Medina secured the loose ball to seal the victory for Roosevelt (1-0).
“We showed a lot of character,” Hushion said. “We were down 5-3 at halftime and made some adjustments and the kids executed well. We gave up only one man-down goal out of five chances.”
Medina, Mike DeCarlo, Brian Manwaring and Geno Coppola led the defensive effort for Roosevelt, along with Matt Bertsche, who made 17 saves in his first varsity start at goalkeeper.
Kevin Wise added a goal and four assists, Eli Kochman added three goals and Winkler scored twice. Zeke Kopliak and Christian Williams each had three goals for Millbrook.
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