PLYMOUTH — Whitman-Hanson lacrosse lost a heartbreaker on the road in Plymouth Thursday, April 23. The Panthers fell in the final seconds of regulation to the Plymouth North Eagles 10-9; despite erasing an early 4-0 deficit.
Plymouth North’s Noah Cully and Jackson Haley each tossed in two first quarter goals to put the Panthers down 4-0. With less than two minutes remaining in the quarter Joe Arico put Whitman-Hanson on the board, and Colin Downing followed suit just thirty seconds later.
The Panthers fired back in the second quarter; tying the game at 6-6. Kyle Bina and Brett Connors tossed in a goal apiece in the second, while freshman Jake Long scored two to close out the half.
“We were able to come back to tie the game at halftime, after going down 4-0 to start the game” said second year head coach Rob White. “The guys never quit, and battled hard to stay in it.
Early in the third, Arico went down with an apparent knee injury, and left the game as a precaution. Senior Devin Lydon scored the only third quarter goal for the Panthers, who trailed 9-7 going into the fourth.
Cully scored the eventual game winner for the Eagles, despite goals from Ryan Kennedy and Connors late in regulation.
“This game was defined by ground balls, which we were visibly beat in” added White. “We need to come out stronger and not go down early.”
Whitman-Hanson nearly tied the game in the last thirty seconds. The Panthers recorded five shots on goal in the final seconds, including one with three seconds remaining that hit off the pipe, bounced around and was finally kicked away by North’s goaltender as the final horned sounded.
Despite the 10-9 loss, the Panthers remained over .500 with a 5-4 record. Whitman-Hanson will look to gain five wins in their final 11 to clinch a postseason berth, but suffered a setback Tuesday, as a 15-1 loss to Hingham bumped them back to 5-5 for the season.
The team defeated Milton 16-8 last week. Bina had quite a day with eight goals. Junior Captain Dylan Thomas had two goals along with Junior Arico and Long. Connors had four assists. Senior Captain Conor Campbell lead the defense all day with numerous ground balls.