WEST HARTFORD – Hall lacrosse coach Phil Orzech knew the start of the season was going to be a tough test for his team and after six games the Warriors have passed with flying colors.
Hall lost its season opener 13-8 to Simsbury, but rebounded to reel off five straight wins and currently sits at 5-1. Hall was scheduled to face Newtown of the SouthWest Conference on Wednesday and meets Berlin on Friday.
Simsbury is currently tops in Class LL at 7-0 so there was no shame in that loss considering it was a strong opponent and that Hall was slightly shorthanded due to a school music trip to Europe.
The Warriors bounced back a day after losing to the Trojans and rolled to a 17-5 triumph at Bristol Eastern for their first win of the season. Hall then knocked off Ledyard, 11-6, Northwest Catholic, 15-9, Norwich Free Academy 16-4 and South Windsor, 9-8. South Windsor is currently 6-1 on the season.
“The Simsbury game, we just had too many penalties for us to overcome. We had something like 11 man-down situations and it gave us a little perspective as to how we had to watch the hitting this year,” Orzech said. “It was also our first game and with the starters away it took time to get new players up to speed.”
The Warriors have scored 76 goals this season and are being led by Will Witter and Marc Ross on the offensive end. Witter leads the team with 28 goals to go along with 10 assists. Ross has 20 goals and 16 assists.
Patrick Russell has been strong on faceoffs, including a 21 of 27 performance in the win over Northwest Catholic and new varsity players Theo Blaschinski, a freshman. Kevin Carr, John Rosano and Riley Filer have been solid.
“Will and Marc lead the attack and once they get the ball in transition they tend to make things happen,” Orzech said.
Matt Piccone and Tim Pinella have also been playing well for the Warriors and the defense has been solid led by seniors Cole Souza, Connor Langan, and Andrew Miller in front of first year varsity goalie Alex Liu, who has done an excellent job in the net.
Hall’s last win was a 9-8 comeback over South Windsor last Tuesday that showed Hall’s balance and tenacity. The Warriors were plagued by penalties in the first half and were down 7-4 at the break. In the second half, Hall scored five straight goals to take a 9-7 lead and it held on from there.
“Our defense kept their offense off the board and our offense dominated – we had many more shots and once we started to find the net it was only a matter of time until we went ahead,” Orzech said.