Top ranked Pictou Academy advances to NSHSFLL final

Christopher Cameron
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PICTOU – Pictou Academy continues to be perfect on the lacrosse field.

Jarad Green of the Pictou Academy Pitbulls looks for an opportunity to take a shot on goal during yesterday’s NSHSFLL semifinal game against the Northumberland Nighthawks in Pictou. The Pitbulls won 11-1 to advance to the league final next Monday. 

They advanced to the Nova Scotia High School Field Lacrosse League final next Monday with an 11-1 victory over Northumberland yesterday in Pictou. Now with a 4-0 record this year they await the winner of Friday’s semifinal between North Nova and Hants East.

“We’re pretty excited and it feels great that we get to go (to the final) because we’re not a very big school compared to everyone else,” said Briden Hawes about his team’s win. “That was the goal from the beginning of this year because we lost last year. We wanted to come back and win it this time.”

The winner of the regular season scoring title, Logan MacDonald, led the Pitbulls in yesterday with four goals. Ryan MacDonald and Jarad Green each scored two, while Briden Hawes, Cole MacIvor and Tim Shea scored one goal apiece.

“They had a lot of good shots, but you’re just trying to save them,” said Nighthawks goalkeeper Andrew Vale. “There are a lot of good players out there, but it’s a lot of fun. This is my first year playing, so basically all I want to do is get in front of it and try to stop the ball.”

John Tait scored the lone Northumberland goal.

Although the Nighthawks failed to win a game this season, Vale said it was still a great experience and the team hopes to improve next year.

“It’s a great experience and it’s a lot of fun,” he said. “You meet a lot of people at your school that you don’t even know until you play on the team. I’m already looking forward to next year.”

Friday night North Nova travels to Bible Hill to face Hants East at 5 p.m. The winner will play in Pictou on Monday. In their lone meeting this season Hants East defeated the Gryphons 8-4.

Hawes said regardless of who wins that their team will be ready.

“I think that we’re doing well, but we still need to try next game,” he said. “I think we have a good chance to win. We just need to get more focused in the warmup and focus more on the game.”

On Twitter: @NGNewsChris

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

Geographic location: Hants East, Northumberland, Pictou North Nova Tim Shea Bible Hill

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