by Geneva Gleason
After a tumultuous game of rivalry and overcoming a slow start, WHS boys lacrosse came out on top last Friday at SPF with a final score of 15–6.
According to senior Co-Captain Chris Aslanian, the team’s goals this season include becoming a cohesive team and working together as a unit.
Said Aslanian: “Getting our first win under our belts was important.”
WHS started strong, with a face-off win by senior Jack Kessler and a goal by senior Patrick Decker within the first two minutes of the game.
SPF quickly retaliated with a goal of their own, following the first yellow card of the game for a slash by sophomore Owen Colwell. Tension grew on the field as the two teams struggled to break the tie. In the last five minutes of the quarter, SPF scored twice, bringing the score to 3–1.
WHS struggled in the opening minutes of the second quarter, as SPF scored to widen the gap. Senior Co-Captain Dane Huber assisted junior Luke Prybylski for another WHS goal before SPF scored again. Aslanian then scored with three minutes left in the half and SPF was able to squeeze one more goal in before the half ended with a score of 6–4.
WHS came back strong in the second half, completing a number of successful passes and scoring with 10 minutes left in the quarter. There were a number of nice attacks by Westfield as they fought for two more goals, taking a one-point lead. Using wide passes and strong defense, WHS closed out the first half with 2 more goals, bringing the score to 9–6.
The third quarter was largely uneventful until WHS scored 3 goals in the last 3 minutes of the quarter, giving them a 12–6 lead. Westfield scored 3 more goals in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach for a final score of 15–6.
Said Head Coach Patrick Tuohy: “We still got a lot to go. Our boys here, we have to put together a full game, not a half. And if we can put together a full game, we can be something to watch.”