GRAY—Wyatt Hudson managed a hat trick on the road at Gray-New Gloucester on Saturday, April 12, but a hat trick wouldn’t suffice to propel the Shipbuilders to victory. The Patriots, a program on the rise, more than doubled up on their guests, triumphing 13-6 in the end.
G-NG jumped on top just 15 seconds into the outing, Drew Lacerda launching a successful shot from the top-right of the Morse zone. The Shipbuilders answered with a long attacking stretch, but couldn’t capitalize. The Patriots then scooted ahead 2-0: Lacerda did the honors again, and from roughly the same spot as before.
For the rest of the first quarter, the Shipbuilders hounded the Patriots. Morse responded to Lacerda’s strikes by getting on the board: With a Braden Olsen feed hot on his stick, Mason Savory underhanded the ball past Patriots goalie Brannon Gilbert from low on the left side.
The Patriots responded: Gabe Gendreau dashed up the middle and dished to Kyle Mercier high on the left side, Mercier shoveled across to Lacerda on the right and Lacerda pulled the trigger for 3-1. Early in the second quarter, Morse pulled back within one when Spencer Knowles scored on a Hudson assist from behind the G-NG cage.
Morse threatened again soon – very soon, straight off the next faceoff. This time, Gilbert logged an impressive save. With 9:40 to play in the second, Patriot Trent Overcash bounced a shot from the top-right of G-NG’s offensive perimeter past Shipbuilders keeper Dylan Maybee for 4-2.
Morse soon cut their deficit to one once more – Hudson, battling at the low-right, bulldozed in close to Gilbert and punched a shot home – but after that, the Patriots gradually pulled away. Gendreau hashed a hat trick as the first half wound down, handing his boys a 7-3 advantage at the break.
Hudson struck first in the third, though G-NG answered soon – and on arguably the most spectacular play of the day. Patriot Scott Lynch, cutting through the midfield, leapt and raised his stick one-handed into the air, somehow (!) reeling in a sky-high pass from his defense. Still carrying with just one hand and his stick extended, Lynch stumbled but somehow (!) recovered, turned and fed across to Mercier at the top of the Morse zone.
Mercier fired quick, beating Maybee for 8-4.
Two minutes later, at 6:29, Gendreau tallied his fourth, and Jeremy Mazur scored at 3:46. Up 10-5 to start the fourth, the Patriots added three more to the Shipbuilders’ one before the ending buzzer tolled. 13-6 the final.
Morse slips to 5-4. The Shipbuilders sit in seventh place (in Class B) at the moment. They next host Oak Hill; that bout is slated for Thursday the 17th. The following Tuesday, they travel to Mt. Blue.
G-NG’s Zach Durapu clashes with Shipbuilder Alden Harkins.
Morse defender Alex Martin tracks a G-NG attacker.
Wyatt Hudson takes aim at the G-NG goal.
Shipbuilder Braden Olsen scurries forward on the attack, harangued by Patrtio Felipe Alvarez.
Shipbuilder Jacob Brochu skirts a G-NG defender.
Patriot Gabe Gendreau drives forward on the attack, while Shipbuilder Ethan Pascuzzo does what he can to thwart Gendreau’s advance.
Patriot Trent Overcash crashes into Shipbuilder Alden Harkin in pursuit of a ground ball.
Jordon Onorato tracks an incoming G-NG opponent.