Where were these guys on Sunday?? Longmeadow put on a first quarter clinic looking better than they have all season and jumped out to a 9-0 lead. Great ball movement, winning faceoffs, ground balls and a nasty ride proved to be too much for the Brownies. Even when they did manage to go on offense, the Lancer "D" shut them down. Dylan Kelleher got things going after a nice feed from Nathan Brooks to score his first of two goals for the period. The rest of the roster was willing to chip in and followed with goals from McGoldrick, Gagne (2), Brooks, Heger, and Elder. LSM Connor Samuelson netted his first goal of the season trailing on a fast break and getting a beautiful pass from Jake Heger. 9-0 after one. Agawam got on the board in the second but the Lancers kept their foot on the gas and added goals from Kyle Barsalou, Jake Heger and two from Garret Gagne. 13-1 at the half. The winds changed in the second half...... litterally. Dark clouds and heavy winds weren't enough to stop the game, but many fans were seen clicking their heels and looking for shelter. The cooler temps that followed brought little excitement with it as both teams managed only a single goal each in the second half including Kelleher's third on the day. Overall it was a good day for the defense and an exceptional day for long stick middies Connor Samuelson and Justin Conniff. Jake Heger led the offense with 2 goals and 5 assists. David Whalen and Glenn LaFountain played well in goal but weren't necessarily challenged.
If we tend to run hot and cold, this would have been one of the cold games. A very good Medfield squad had too much firepower for the Lancers on Sunday and sent us home with our 4th loss of the season. A slow start for Longmeadow allowed Medfield to jump out to a 4-0 lead at the end of the first period. Ben Sterritt and Jake Heger managed to get Longmeadow on the board in the second, but unfortunately, Medfield was just getting warmed up and racked up eight more goals before the half ended. 12-2 at halftime. Longmeadow got it together in the 3rd and outscored Medfield 5-3. Heger had two of them and the others came from Garrett Gagne, Sterritt, and Kyle Barsalou. 15-7 after three. Gagne and Connor McGoldrick added two for the Lancers in the 4th, but Medfield never let up and expanded the margin of victory with 5 goals of their own ending the game with a final score of 20 - 9. We will blame it on the long ride and 90 degree temps on the turf and move on. Time to get ready for Agawam.
A tad bit lopsided. The Lancers came out flying on an unpainted and unmowed Russell Field this afternoon. The lack of paint wasn't an issue as Longmeadow remembered where the goal line was and put the white rubber ball beyond it fifteen times before the final horn sounded. It was a total team effort as everyone got to play today. Great hustle and ball movement started things off with Tom Mckeown finding Connor McGoldrick for the opening goal followed shortly thereafter by Nathan Brooks feeding Jake Heger. Unassisted efforts by Kyle Barsalou and Dylan Kelleher ended the first period with a 4-0 lead. Kelleher's goal was one of several man-up opportunities for the Lancers on the day. Amherst scored their only goals of the game (2) during the second period but Longmeadow always had an answer. Barsalou found Heger parked on the crease for Jake's second goal of the game. The Lancers then found that they could successfully dodge and rattled off unassisted goals by Nathan Brooks (2), Garrett Gagne (2), and Ben Sterritt. 10-2 at the half.
The second half provided more of the same as Coach Rauseo got the entire roster into the game. Barsalou started things off when Amherst allowed too much time and space resulting in Kyle ripping the net stickside high. Sweet! Minutes later, Heger found a cutting John Mentor to close the third period with a 12-2 lead. The final period was an episode of the "Casey Payne Show" where he scored two goals, the second of which came after a beautiful dodge. He wasn't finished. He also assisted on the only other goal of the period finding Mentor for John's second goal of the game. The defense played outstanding the entire game as did goalies David Walen and Glen LaFountain. The Lancers dominated on time of possession, face-offs, and ground balls. All good things.
The Lancers loaded the bus on Tuesday afternoon and made the two mile road trip to East Longmeadow High School. The close proximity and grassless playing field must have made it feel like a home game for Longmeadow who didn't seem to be bothered by the accompanying, steady rainfall. This one was all Lancers. 4-0 after one, 6-0 at the half, 9-1 after three, and 10-2 final. Sorry for the short summary, but I was out of town and missed the game.
What a game!! The Longmeadow Lancers took their game on the road Saturday to Derry, New Hampshire for their annual battle with Pinkerton Academy. Beautiful sunshine and a crowd of family and youth players provided a great setting for lacrosse. The two hour plus ride was worth the trip as the action never stopped. Pinkerton nailed the first two goals of the game before the Lancers found their stride and evened the score with unassisted goals from Nathan Brooks and Dylan Kelleher. 2-2 at the end of one. Pinkerton added three more in the second but Longmeadow fell behind and could tally only two of their own with an unassisted effort by Garrett Gagne and another goal by Joey Volk after a nice pass from Frankie Elder. The first half action was non-stop but when it ended, we were down one, 5-4.
After adding some fluids and a ten minute break, the Lancers opened the second half on fire moving the ball beautifully in the air and playing solid defense. Outstanding play from long stick middies Justin Conniff and Connor Samuelson helped Longmeadow manage possession and therefore allow for multiple scoring opportunities. Third period goals from Ben Sterritt, Kyle Barsalou, Gagne, & Kelleher (2), gave the Lancers a 9-8 lead after three. Barsalou scored again in the 4th but Pinkerton made a comeback and had taken an 11-10 lead with only a few minutes to go in the game. Joey Volk never stopped hustling and took advantage of a small opening to rip one into the back of the net to tie the game at 11-11. Longmeadow took the ensuing face-off and managed to get off another shot. The Pinkerton goalie made the stop but popped up the ball. A well positioned Jake Heger took full advantage and picked the ball out of the air before the goalie could grab it and made the point blank finish. Jake's great hands and heads up gave Longmeadow the lead with just over a minute left. The Lancers were able to successfully kill some time off the clock thanks to a very elusive Garrett Gagne. We were tasting victory but then turned the ball over with only 10 seconds left in the game. The heartbreaker came next when Pinkerton executed a Hail Mary clear and scored with 1.5 seconds left on the clock tying the game. Pinkerton was pumped and had the momentum going into sudden death overtime. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened. They took the face and quickly found an open man on the crease. Game over 12 - 13. Despite the loss, the Lancers played very well and should be proud of the way that they competed. Hats off again to David Walen who had another outstanding day in goal.
The second time around netted the same result, victory for the Lancers on a beautiful afternoon at Russell Field. Longmeadow goes to 2-0 for the season vs its longtime rival. It was a hard fought, one goal game through three quarters with Nathan Brooks getting us on the board after a nice feed from Joey Volk. Minnechaug answered with two quick goals of their own to take the lead. It was short lived as goals by Dylan Kelleher and Garrett Gagne closed the first period with a 3-2 Lancer lead. After Minnechaug scored to begin the 2nd period, Ben Sterritt picked up his second assist of the game finding a cutting Kyle Barsalou which resulted in the only goal of the period and a halftime lead of 4-3. 3rd period goals by Gagne & Kelleher matched our opponents period production and a 6-5 lead after three. The difference in the game came in the 4th as the Lancers with apparently a little more gas in their tanks, scored two unanswered goals. A nice cross crease pass from Kelleher to Jake Heger, and an unassisted effort by Gagne ended the game at 8-5 and another tally in the win column. Minnechaug played tough the entire game and the goal differential could have been much greater had it not been for outstanding goal play from their freshman goalie Sam Wheaton, cousin of Longmeadow defender Tom.
It looked a little sloppy at times, but good ball movement by the offense created wonderful scoring opportunities which ultimately led to a victory in Westfield on Monday afternoon. Westfield must have thought that Dylan Kelleher was still on injured reserve, because they left him alone on the crease the entire game allowing the sophmore attackman 5 easy goals. Ground balls were the key to this game because it seemed like that is exactly where the ball was most of the time. Both teams struggled with catching & throwing but every time the scrum ended, it seemed like Longmeadow always wound up with the ball. The young Westfield squad refused to go away and kept themselves within reach the entire game. Kelleher scored in each period leading the Lancers on the day with 5 goals. Also finding the back of the net were Kyle Barsalou (2), Nathan Brooks (2), Joey Volk (2), and Garrett Gagne. Gagne & Volk had three assists each. Final score 12 - 8.
Bigger, faster, stronger is a winning recipe and that is exactly what Deerfield Academy cooked up for the Lancers on Wednesday. Call it what it was, a reality check for some, a defining moment for others, a painful loss for Longmeadow, and proof that we have a long way to go. Keep your heads up!
Goals: Barsalou (2), Volk, Sterritt
LHS - 8 / West Springfield - 11 4/13
You snooze, you lose. Hats off to undefeated Westside who showed up ready to play and walked away with their first victory over Longmeadow in program history. This loss was truly a team effort as we looked nothing like the team that beat Minnechaug days before, failing in every aspect of the game. Sloppy play and penalties killed us and handed Westside their greatest victory of all time. Hopefully we learned something today.
Firing on all cylinders. That’s how we could describe the first road game of the season for the Lancers when they traveled to Minnechaug to face the Falcons. The game opened up in typical Longmeadow / Wilbraham fashion but soon swung to the Lancers favor. Two unassisted goals by Kyle Barsalou got the scoring going before the Falcons netted one of their own. A nice feed from Jake Heger to Connor McGoldrick had us up 3-1 after the first period. The second period generated the same results with unassisted goals by Joey Volk (2) and Nathan Brooks and a 6-2 halftime score. The key to the first half was that we dominated on face-offs and ground balls. That domination continued after the break resulting in four more third period goals by Garrett Gagne, Heger, Barsalou & McGoldrick. Chaug didn’t give up and managed to tally three in the final period but the Lancers continued to one-up them and poured in four more of their own. Goals by McGoldrick, Brooks,Ggagne and sophmore John Mentor, his first varsity goal, ended the game with a final score of 14-6. The Lancers got great goaltending by David Walen while the defense of Wheaton, Welch & Whitney frustrated the Minnechaug offense the entire game.
It wasn't pretty, but a win is a win. Longmeadow gave Northampton countless opportunities during the game, but fotunately there was one Lancer who showed up ready to play..........Goalie David Walen. David made one great save after the next and arguably won the game single handedly.
Frankie Elder got his first point of the season halfway through the first period with a nice feed to Garrett Gagne for the first goal of the game. Unassisted efforts from Heger and Volk gave the Lancers a 3-1 lead heading into the second period. Northampton matched additional goals by Volk & Gagne to end the half with the Lancers up 5-3. With the help of outstanding goaltending, and defensive play from Andre Welch, Longmeadow managed to stay one step ahead the entire game. Nathan Brooks once again dominated on faceoffs. Heger & Volk led the second half scoring with two goals apiece before Nathan Brooks hammered the final nail in the coffin. Final score 10 - 6. Get ready boys, the competition is getting better.
What a great day for lacrosse! Beautuful weather on Russell Field and agressive play by the home team provided the Lancers their second victory of the year. The young Cathedral squad suffered their third loss of the year by a margin of 18 - 2.
The game began with an unassisted goal by Kyle Barsalou, his first of five on the day. Additional first period goals by Gagne, Barsalou (2) and Volk (2) had the Lancers up 5 - 0 at the end of one. The second period got off to a quick start as Joey Volk allowed only five seconds to tic off the clock before scoring his third goal of the game. The game got chippy and the flags started flying in the second as it seemed like we were always either man-up or man-down. Cathedral got on the board halfway through the second period with a hard shot by Mickey Foley. But that didn't stop Longmeadow from adding another five of their own by Volk (2) Barsalou, Sterritt & Heger and a halftime lead of 10 - 1.
The second half provided more of the same as the Lancers once again added five goals in the third from Heger (2), Scycurka, Brooks, & a beautiful behind the back goal from Barsalou while Cathedral added one additional goal ending the third with a score of 15-2. The Lancers cruised through the final period adding three more from Barsalou, Sterritt, and Cresci for a final score of 18-2.
Hats off to the defensive team of Welch, Wheaton and Whitney who frustrated Cathedrals offense the entire game. Keepers Walen and Shea were once again great and have only given up a total of three goals through the first two games.
The season has begun!!
The Lancers began the 2010 season with a home victory over the latest addition to the Western Mass high school lacrosse scene, Belchertown 14 - 1. Longmeadow got off to a very fast start with Nathan Brooks taking the opening faceoff and raced to the cage for the teams first goal of the season. Longmeadow dominated both ends of the field and added goals from Heger, Barsalou, and Scycurka before the first period ended with a 6 - 0 lead. Belchertown found a little rythym in the second period slowing down the Lancer offense. Second period scoring from Heger and Gagne gave Longmeadow a commanding halftime lead of 9 - 0. Belchertown got their first goal of the game on a third period fast break, but three more goals by McGoldrick, Cresci and Gagne ended the third period with Belchertown down 12-1. The Lancers cruised through the final period with two more goals from Gagne and Keator and walked off Russell Field with their first victory of the year. Final score 14 - 1.
Good ball movement, solid defense, and steller goaltending from Walen & Shea leave the Lancers with a positive outlook on the season. More work and fine tuning ahead as the squad prepares for three games next week.
We were a little unorganized in our record keeping duties at the first game, but think that the stats below are accurate. Please let us know if otherwise. We promise a better effort in the future.