PICTOU – Each game is a step towards winning a banner.
© CHRISTOPHER CAMERON - THE NEWS
Pictou Academy Pitbull Logan MacDonald carries the ball into Northumberland Nighthawks territory during Wednesday Nova Scotia High School Field Lacrosse League action in Pictou. The Pitbulls won the game 14-1 to stay undefeated this season.
It’s the banner Pictou Academy felt they should’ve won last year in the NSHSFLL championship game. Alas North Nova was stronger than the Pitbulls as they won the inaugural season – this year Pictou Academy hopes to avenge their loss.
“It was close last year, but we thought we should’ve won,” said Pictou Academy’s Logan MacDonald. “We’ve been working really hard and are focused on being the team to win it this year.”
So far the Pitbulls are undefeated and are dominant offensively, which they showed in their 14-1 victory over the Northumberland Nighthawks yesterday. With the win they moved to 2-0 on the season, while Northumberland fell to 0-2.
MacDonald led Pictou Academy with five goals, good enough to take over top spot in the NSHSFLL scoring race.
“Our whole offensive line is strong,” he said. “I was able to get some good shots off and they went in. It was a group effort offensively.”
Jarad Green and Tim Shea each added three, while Cole MacIvor scored twice. Cody Brown rounded out the Pitbulls scoring.
Johnny Skinner had the lone Nighthawks goal.
“Most of our team is new, so we’ve just been working a lot on our passing and pressuring the ball,” said Skinner. “We just take every shift as it comes and every game, shift and goal gets a little easier and better as we go.”
In his second season year with the team, Skinner said they continue to work on things and remain positive as they improve. He said things won’t change overnight, but they have noticed a difference from the beginning of the season.
On the other side of the field Pictou Academy has also continued to improve after a 13-8 win over Hants East to open the season. MacDonald said they realized their positioning and passes had to improve, which is something they have worked on since that game on April 30.
“We just want to make sure we keep getting better,” he said. “Whether it’s our passes, defence or offensive zone we want to keep working on things.”
Next week Northumberland is on the road against Hants East on Monday. North Nova hosts Hants East on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., before Pictou Academy and North Nova wrap up the regular season against each other in Pictou on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
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