Thursday night at Londonderry High School, Senior goalie Cam Eddy looked into the setting sun for the fourth quarter, but it did not phase his game. Eddy saved 14 of the 21 shots (66%) that hit the cage. The Hawks set out on a slow first quarter with multiple turnovers leading to fast breaks only to be countered by Eddy’s saves. Postgame, Eddy said, “The team came out a little flat, but as the game went on we got going. We did a good job keeping the energy at a high level.”
The Hawks finished the first quarter with a 2-1 lead and went on a four goal run with goals from M. Penna, S. Penna (2), and Baldasaro. With 4:34 left in the half the Lancers returned with their own four goal run. But the resistance from the Lancers ended quickly as Sean Penna won the faceoff and took the ball down the field to score sending the Hawks into halftime with a 7-5 lead. The Bluehawks never looked back and scored five more in the second half. The Lancers struggled to score, only tallying 2 goals in the fourth quarter as the defense and Eddy led a powerful second half. “We have played with each other for years now. Everyone on the d-squad [defense] understands everyone else and the chemistry is excellent,” Eddy said. He joked, “Whenever I see a shot, I just close my eyes and hope for the best. I’m just kidding, the sun was definitely a difficult factor in finding the ball.”
Sean Penna finished with three goals and two assists, David Fitzgerald tallied a goal, and Captain Jack Carr had two goals along with feeding two other assists. The Hawks (11-3) will face Nashua North High School at 4 P.M. Monday on the home field.