Defending champs open with win

Christopher Cameron
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North Nova defeats Northumberland in field lacrosse action

ALMA – The North Nova Gryphons field lacrosse team picked up where they left off last season, with a win.

North Nova and Northumberland players fight for possession during NSHSFLL action on Monday afternoon in Alma. North Nova won the game 10-2.

Champions of the NSHSFLL’s inaugural season, North Nova defeated Northumberland 10-2 on Monday, the first game of the year for both teams.

Campbell DeMont led the Gryphons offensively with four goals, while Craig Murray wasn’t far off with three of his own. Jeremy Henderson, Duncan Bryne and Chase Thomsen added single goals for North Nova.

“The expectation is to get another (championship) win,” said DeMont. “The season is pretty short so you just need to get into it quickly. We eased into things today and had a good game with everyone getting comfortable with lots of minutes out there.”

Alex Keating and Ben Morrissey each scored a goal for Northumberland.

With snow, rain and freezing rain coming down throughout, it proved to be a difficult game for both teams, especially with a wet, sloppy field. Multiple times the ball would stick in the field, making for a pile of players fighting for possession. DeMont said the field and weather conditions were something they discussed before the game.

“If there were ground balls we were just trying to make sure we kicked them first and that we kept our head up when the ball got stuck so you didn’t get hit,” he said. “We also tried to have good crisp passes, so the ball didn’t get on the ground too much and us have to go digging for it.”

The win was also the first for Scott Graham as coach of the Gryphons. Graham was part of the NNEC team last year, but after graduating went to Dalhousie in the fall, where he played for their lacrosse team.

“He got to learn from some of the older players and more experienced guys, which helped him bring back some good drills and help us have a good program here,” said DeMont.

“He has just been focusing on good ball movement, spacing out after we get the ball and making sure there is lots of space between mids and stuff like that so we can work the ball around.”

This week both teams are back in action with Northumberland taking on Pictou Academy in Pictou at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, while North Nova hosts Hants East at on Thursday after the boys and girls rugby games.

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Organizations: Pictou Academy

Geographic location: North Nova, Pictou, Hants East

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