Pittsfield boys lacrosse team rallies late, comes up short in loss at Mount Anthony
BENNINGTON — Following a pair of losses, the Mount Anthony boys lacrosse team needed to put all the pieces together as it quickly approaches postseason play.
Friday afternoon on Senior Day, MAU did just that, topping Pittsfield 14-12 on Spinelli Field.
Pittsfield's Nate Elsner scored the Generals' final two goals, cutting what was once a six-goal lead to two. But PHS could not find a way to tie things up.
"I give my guys a lot of credit. They fought to the last minute," Pittsfield coach Scott Aitken said as the Generals closed their season. "I was really proud of them. They made a game of it."
The Patriots took control of the game in the second quarter. After going up 3-1 in the first quarter, the Generals battled back to get the next three goals.
MAU started to dominate the face-offs at that point and that made all the difference. Owen Hansen scored the tying goal early in the second quarter. Max Noyes grabbed the next tally and the run continued to build from there.
The Patriots went on a 7-0 run and went into halftime up 10-4.
MAU looked well in control heading to the fourth up six goals, but Pittsfield put a scare into the Patriots late.
The Generals started winning more face-offs and chipped away at the Patriots lead. On multiple occasions in the fourth, the Generals cut the MAU lead to two goals, but couldn't finish off the comeback bid.
Pittsfield's Justin LaBelle was the main catalyst in that fourth quarter run. LaBelle scored four straight goals at one point in the quarter.
LaBelle led the way for Pittsfield (3-11) with five tallies, while Seamus Hayes had three goals. Jacob Brazeau and Elzner both had a pair.
Late in the contest, the Patriots had to bare down and MAU coach Alex Cross was happy with how his team executed when the game got tight.
"The big difference was that we stayed together as a team. With a week like we've had with all of our games, today, we finally stayed together," Cross said. "When they started coming back, we executed and did what we needed to do. We pulled it together."
Hansen played a huge role in the Patriots holding the Generals off. The junior scored two goals in the waning minutes that gave MAU a little bit of insurance in those tense moments.
Hansen was strong all game long with five tallies.
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