Gryphons lose first field lacrosse game

Christopher Cameron
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North Nova and Pictou Academy wrap up season today in Pictou

NEW GLASGOW – It had to happen someday, the North Nova Gryphons just didn’t expect yesterday was that day. 

North Nova’s Demetre Bonvie, left, fights for possession during yesterday’s NSHSFLL game against Hants East in New Glasgow. Hants East defeated North Nova 8-4, handing the Gryphons their first NSHSFLL loss. 

With the Nova Scotia High School Field Lacrosse League in its second season they had yet to lose a game after winning all five games in 2013 and then their first of the 2014 season. Yesterday, Hants East put an end to their six-game win streak with an 8-4 victory in New Glasgow.

“I think it went well,” said coach Scott Graham. “It was a little messy in the first half, but it came together in the second half when we got a few goals and brought the score a little closer together.”

Billy Julian scored five goals for Hants East in the win, which now ties him for first overall in the NSHSFLL scoring race with eight. Nick Beaton, Chris Skinner and Bryson Knockwood each added.

North Nova was led offensively by Campbell DeMont with two goals, while Duncan Byrne and Craig Murray scored a goal apiece.

In their only game this season so far North Nova had little trouble offensively, but Graham said they were rushing the play yesterday.

“We definitely need to slow down our ball movement because on offence I found we’d be rushing to take shots, not the quality shots we want,” he said. “We should be waiting for those passes and looking for the guy out front.”

Now 1-1 on the season, the Gryphons travel to Pictou today to take on Pictou Academy at 4:30 p.m.

Having played them last year, Graham said he expects it will be a tough game.

“In the past we’ve known them to be a very physical team and I think the boys just need to take it easy tonight,” he said. “They’re in for a rough match tomorrow. It’s going to be a good one.”

With it being his first year on the sidelines as a coach after only a few years of playing experience under his belt he said that presents some challenges, but if he sticks with it he expects it to get better.

“It’s a learning curve and I’m relatively new to the sport too, so there’s a lot of things I’m learning on the coaching side,” said Graham. “I hope to stick with it and hopefully become a better coach. It’s hard too because I’m just out of high school and I know these guys. I’m not really an elder to them because I went to school with them. That will be nice next year with more separation between us.”

On Twitter: @NGNewsChris

Organizations: Pictou Academy, Nova Scotia High School Field Lacrosse League

Geographic location: Pictou, Hants East, North Nova New Glasgow

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