Sailors Top Rebels in Hard-Fought Battle

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A Rebel player securing playing strong defense. (Photo/Jake Moser)

Jake Moser

A Rebel player securing playing strong defense. (Photo/Jake Moser)

The Boys Lacrosse Team lost their third game of the season on April 17 against the Scituate Sailors by a score of 8-2.  Both teams headed into Tuesday’s game not knowing what to expect from the opposition; however, by game’s end it was clear which team had made the most of their opportunities.  Throughout the entire game, Scituate was able to capitalize on Rebel mistakes in their own defensive half, while Walpole also had chances off of Sailor mistakes.  However the Rebels were unable to convert these chances into points, and in the end that is what hurt the Rebels most in this contest.

The first half  was very competitive on both sides, but by halftime it was the Sailors who won the battles on both offense and defense.  Sophomore goalie Andrew Blood made some spectacular saves early on which allowed Rebel defenders to get acclimated to the speed of the game, but it was not enough to keep the Rebels from falling behind early.  With strong defense backing them up, the Scituate attackers were able to push the tempo and disrupt Walpole’s game.  And as the halftime whistle sounded, the Rebels found themselves down 5-1, with the lone goal from sophomore Sean Donnelly.

Unfortunately for the Rebels, the second half was more of the same.  Blood and the veteran defenders held the line with strong play for as long as they could, but the Sailor onslaught was too much.  They allowed three more goals with only one more from their own attackers.  Donnelly scored one more goal.  When the game ended, the scoreboard read 8-2 in favor of the Sailors.  Walpole lost their third game of the season, but they certainly are not finished yet.  ”We want to keep improving every day, every game,” said Thulin, ”as long as we keep moving forward, we will continue to get better and win games.”  With any luck and some skill, hopefully Thulin’s predictions will come to fruition.

The Rebels look to their next game home against King Phillip on Saturday, April 21.  With some luck and determination, surely the Rebels will be looking at more victories in the future.  “I think we are going to improve and get better,” says Thuln.