Hard-fought loss for lacrosse

Player of the day Blake Anderson charges through the opposition.

Cambridge High School’s lacrosse team made it a hard win for Hillcrest when they faced up against the Hamilton team on Sunday. Undefeated at the top of the table, Hillcrest High School came away with the victory 7-3.

Cambridge started out strong scoring two goals in the first third, looking to take advantage of the absence of one of Hillcrest’s captains.

In the second third Hillcrest fought back and made the goal, bringing the score to 2-1. One of Cambridge’s players was sent off for two minutes, but the team managed to hold hillcrest off with the man down.

Hillcrest managed to bring it back to 6-3 in the final third of the game, with strong shots from the outside and an outstanding performance by captain Connor Parker, who was marked by Cambridge’s best defender the whole game.

“Despite Hillcrest bringing it back I was really pleased with our Cambridge lads’ performance,” said coach Anthony Warrington. “We’ve been working really hard on our offense and we caught Hillcrest off-guard in the first third and showed that, despite our very young team, we can still play some great lacrosse and give the top teams a real run for their money.

“I can’t say how pleased I am with my team and how excited I am to see them developing into better players as the season progresses.”

Hillcrest managed to score one final goal as the final whistle blew, rounding off the score at 7-3.

Cambridge’s player of the day went to Blake Anderson, who performed strongly in both offense and defence. “Although many of the Hillcrest players had a size advantage on him, Blake used his athleticism, good footwork and defensive technique to shut down Hillcrest’s strongest players when they were dodging,” said Warrington. “On offense, Blake’s off-ball movement was really good. It caught Hillcrest’s defenders off guard more than once and helped with creating a lot of opportunities for Cambridge.”

Cambridge will play Morrinsville this Sunday, August 26 at 2pm at the Hamilton Inline Hockey Centre, Old Farm Rd.

“Morrinsville are fifth on the table but I think will give Cambridge a run for their money as they too are looking stronger as the season progresses,” said Warrington.

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