PICTOU – Redemption – and then some.
© CHRISTOPHER CAMERON - THE NEWS
Members of the Pictou Academy and North Nova field lacrosse teams fight for possession during Wednesday’s NSHSFLL game in Pictou. The Pitbulls won the game 9-2.
That’s exactly what the Pictou Academy Pitbulls got with their 9-2 victory over the North Nova Gryphons on Wednesday in Pictou. It was the first meeting between the two teams since last year’s Nova Scotia High School Field Lacrosse League final, which the Gryphons won.
Yesterday’s win for the Pitbulls helped them clinch top spot in the NSHSFLL with a 3-0 record heading into next week’s playoffs.
“Right from the get go all the boys were pretty fired up and thought we were going to win,” said head coach Bryan MacEachern. “They weren’t sure about East Hants, so we knew we were going for at least 2-1, aiming for 3-0 and clearly we came out with the 3-0. I guess from the get go I’d say we weren’t expecting to do as well as we did because we did lose a few of our players from last year, but we knew we had a shot (to go 3-0).”
Cole MacIvor led the team with three goals, while Alex Doyle and Logan MacDonald each scored twice. Zach Myers and Jarad Green each had individual tallies.
North Nova’s goals were scored by Campbell DeMont and Dylan James.
“I think we did well considering how good of a team they are and how we did against Hants East,” said James. “We knew coming into the season that they (Pictou Academy) were a good team and were going for a win.”
James said the team has to work on their passing and their man-on-man play heading into next week’s semifinal on the road against Hants East.
Pictou Academy will host Northumberland in Pictou next Wednesday in their semifinal. Their focus will be on their slashing according to MacEachern, specifically how to properly knock the ball loose without taking a penalty. He said they took a few extra penalties on Wednesday, which showed they also need a little bit of work on their penalty kill.
“That’s one thing (penalty kill) we haven’t experienced a lot and the way we run our defence now it’s a bit tough for them to figure it out, but we did start it this game and it is taking off,” he said. “Overall I’d say penalty kill is the big we need to work on and controlling our sticks.”