Below are some Wilmington Youth Lacrosse travel game summaries and photos from last week.
Girls U15 after recent game:
Boys U13 at the Jamboree.
Boys U13 Select at the final game of the season.
Boys U15 Select
On Saturday, the #8 seed U15 Select team took on #9 seed Newton in a first round match up at the Woburn Street School. The Wildcats were up to the task in this one and dominated Newton from start to finish and cruised to an 8-5 victory. Wilmington played superior defense in this one as Kyle & Cam Kenyon, Josh Smith and Tyler Wood didn’t allow very many scoring chances on goalie Jimmy Theriaul
Offensively, the Wildcats were led in scoring by Pat Modoono (3), Joey Theriault (3), Connor Benoit (1) and Andrew Sullivan (1). Assists on the goals went to Sullivan (2) and Zack Kincaid (1).
Wilmington’s victory advanced them to the next round against powerful #1 seed North Reading that had to be played a mere 3 hours later. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, they were unable to overcome fatigue, illness to Captain Andrew Sullivan, and untimely penalties as the Hornets prevailed 11-4. Wilmington got down early by the score of 7-2 at the end of the first quarter before its defense settled in and started to handle NR’s potent offense. The Wildcats were short-handed most of the 2nd quarter due to penalties and its defense & man-down midfielders of Ryan Martin, Shane Ahlin and Connor Benoit were up to the task, as they only surrendered one goal
Despite the halftime score of 9-2, Wilmington never quit and played North Reading even for the rest of the game. Scoring goals in the game for the Wildcats were Sullivan, Benoit, Theriault and Thomas Grecco with the assists going to Benoit, Theriault and Jake Timmons. The U15 team finished their season 6-3 overall and should be very proud of their accomplishments.
Boys U15 White
On Sunday, the U15 White team traveled to Bedford and came away with a hard fought 7-6 overtime victory. The Wildcats were undermanned in this one as they only dressed 13 players due to injury and having siblings at the WHS graduation. Wilmington was led offensively by Shane Ahlin, who had a monster game by netting 4 goals, including the OT game-winner. Other goal scorers were Dave Fraser (2), Randall Vega and Jake Timmons. Assists on the goals went to Fraser (3), Vega, Ryan Martin and Thomas Grecco
Wilmington’s defense was led on the day by goalie Andrew Munsie, who had his best game of the year by making many key saves. Keeping the shots to a minimum were Connor Rooney, Tyler Wood and Martin, with some help provided by Vega and Dylan Wargo. It should be noted that Martin, Vega & Wargo are normally midfielders and Rooney plays attack – these players unselfishly played admirably on defense in order to help their team in a time of need.
Also contributing to the win on Sunday was Dylan Albert, JJ Thibert and Alan Morris. These players needed to be switched between attack and midfield and were able to provide solid support throughout the game.
Boys 15 Blue
Wilmington U15 Blue 8 – Lynnfield U15 Blue 4
The Wilmington U15 Blue team closed out the regular season on Sunday with an 8-4 victory against a good Lynnfield team. After giving up two goals to start the game, Wilmington went on an 8-2 run to close out their regular season with a 5-1 record and four straight wins. Danny Woods led all scorers with four goals while Connor Benoit chipped in with two goals and Andrew Sullivan and Jake Fox each contributed with a goal. The defense, led by Josh Smith, Frankie Irizarry, Kyle Kenyon and Cam Kenyon were solid for the Wildcats. Aaron Soto had another strong showing in net, giving up only three goals in the first half before moving to midfield for the second half.
After coming out a little flat, Woods scored back to back goals. Benoit and Sullivan each chipped in goals and the Wildcats led 4-2 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, both teams played solid defense and scoring was at a minimum. The lone Wilmington goal was scored by Fox and Wilmington gave up one goal to take a 5-3 lead into the half. Attack’s Tommy King, Atley Miller, Prathik Ramesh, Ben Wright, Nick Bruce and Jose Rojas-James were solid offensively and when it came to putting pressure on the Lynnfield defense and creating turnover situations.
Wilmington extended their lead in the third quarter with goals by Benoit and Woods and assists by Adam Bishop and Zach Kincaid who were all solid for Wilmington at the Midfield position. The Wildcats also mixed up their lineup in the second half with Smith going to attack and Wright going to defense as well as Soto going to midfield and Sullivan going to goalie. Sullivan was spectacular in the second half only surrendering one goal while making six saves.
A fourth goal by Woods gave Wilmington an 8-4 lead and that would be the final score of the game. Wilmington will head to Fort Devens next Saturday for the end of the year jamboree.
Girls U9 White
The Girls U9 team played their last game on Sunday against Bedford, a team that has been playing together for two seasons. Shae Gould started the game in goal and held her own making some great saves and clears. Addy Holland and Bella Iascone helped out on defense in the first half and fought hard against Bedford. Brynne Ebert played center and showed her strength as she won the draw and also displayed her great defense skills. Meredith Ebert and Kiley Bloom started on midfield and did a phenomenal job working the ball down the field. Keira Warford and Emma Alworth played strong at attack, both did a fantastic job cutting for the ball in front of the Bedford goal. Callie McCauley and Jillian Collins also helped out at midfield and did a great job working together and making great passes. Kaleigh Brennan and Sydney Crane helped out on defense during the first half, both girls stayed strong against their opponents. Wilmington had numerous chances to score in the first half and did great getting the ball down the field. At the U9 level three passes are required before you can shoot on goal and every time Wilmington made their third pass a Bedford player was there to intercept. Bedford scored 4 goals in the first half.
Wilmington didn’t give up. The girls continued to fight hard against the girls from Bedford. Bella Iascone played goal for the second half of the game and played unbelievable, making many significant saves. Meredith Ebert and Keira Warford protected the goal together on defense as they boxed out their opponents. Emma Alworth started the second half at center and did a great job controlling the draw and playing both offensively and defensively. Jillian Collins and Kaleigh Brennan helped out at midfield and showed their speed and endurance as they transitioned the ball down the field. Callie McCauley and Sydney Crane did well recognizing and creating space while playing attack. Shae Gould also showed great field vision as she helped out at midfield. Kiley Bloom came in to help out at center and showed her consistent and reliable stick skills. Addy Holland and Brynne Ebert played exceptional together on attack as they cut for the ball and got open. Wilmington played tough and never gave up in the second half but Bedford showed great effort and scored another goal. The game ended with Bedford winning the game 5-0.
The girls had a great first season and most importantly, had a ton of fun. Only one girl on the team played lacrosse last year, Gracie Berrier. Gracie unfortunately broke her arm near the end of the season and had to sit out the last two games, she still cheered for her team on the sidelines. The team learned the game of lacrosse quickly and played great together. The season ended with a record of 2-2-3.
(NOTE: Game summaries & photos provided by the Wilmington Youth Lacrosse Association.)