Hall earns its third win in five games with a victory over Avon on Thursday night.
By Marlon Pitter
Four Warriors registered multiple points as the Hall High school boys lacrosse team defeated Avon 5-2 at home in West Hartford on Thursday night.
Nolan Tibball scored two goals and Griffin Smith tallied two assists, while Mike DiPietro and Graham Kennedy each chipped in a goal and an assist for Hall, pacing the team to its 11th win of the season.
“11-2 feels good,” said Hall head coach Ben von Mayrhauser. “I’m proud of this team. I’m proud of the way they’re playing. I’m proud of the way they’re practicing. … I feel lucky to have a group like this.”
While Tibball’s second goal may not have been the game-winner with 6:13 to play in the fourth quarter, it was certainly a boost for the team. Tibball weaved through defenders in the slot and was knocked down as he scored and put the Warriors up 4-1 at a pivotal point in the game.
“That was classic Nolan Tibball,” von Mayrhauser said. “Nolan’s a kid who plays with a lot of heart, plays with a lot of emotion, and that was a big play for us.”
Hall played a patient offensive game against Avon’s zone defense for most of the contest. The hosts possessed the ball for nearly the entire first quarter save for a few offensive chances for the Falcons.
Max Congdon struck first for the Warriors on a man-up goal with 3:48 remaining in the opening quarter. Tibball followed up with his first goal of the game to put Hall up 2-0 with 3:26 left before the half.
Avon upped its offensive pressure as the game went on, but Hall was able to withstand the Falcons’ attack in the second half.
DiPietro tallied a goal with 4:31 remaining in the third, but the Falcons answered within a minute, bringing the score to 3-1.
Up 4-1 in the fourth, Kennedy scored for Hall to push the Warriors’ lead to four with 3:56 left in the game. Avon responded a minute later to bring the score to 5-2 but could not sustain a comeback against the Warriors.
Hall improves to 11-2 and will play at home again on Monday for Senior Night against Southington. The team took the field for pictures after the game looking to “stop and smell the roses,” von Mayrhauser said, as the season nears its conclusion.
The Warriors wrap up their regular season at Conard on Thursday, May 17, and will await their postseason fate, but the focus is still one game at a time, said von Mayrhauser.
“We’re worried about Southington [on] Monday – that’s it,” he said.
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