Wednesday, the Kearsarge Cougars boys lacrosse team hosted the John Stark Generals for what was just the fourth game of the Cougars young season. Coming in with a record of 2 and 1, Kearsarge tried to focus on defense to shut down any offensive threats from the Generals. Let’s take a look at how the game played out.
Kearsarge held a one goal lead for most of the first half and after three quarters of tight defense from both teams, the cougars held just a narrow 5 to 4 lead going into the fourth. Some would say the Cougars played sloppy on both ends of the field but during the final 12 minutes they played with intensity as their game plan put an emphasis on defense. It was clearly evident in this game as Kearsarge would keep the ball in their offensive zone for the majority of the final quarter.
Jakob Arnold who played wonderfully in net for Kearsarge would record 10 saves while his three long pole defensemen kept John Stark away from the goal. Kearsarge would score four goals in the last quarter while allowing none from the Generals. Kearsarge head coach Zach Matthews told YCN his thoughts after the game.
Thursday, the Cougars will host Campbell for what should be another exciting matchup. So far Campbell has been an offensive powerhouse averaging 12 goals over their first three games while Kearsarge has averaged 9 but on the defensive side of things, Kearsarge has allowed an average of 5 goals per game while Campbell has allowed 7.
Congrats on the win Kearsarge and coach Matthews.