Boys Hockey Dominates Portsmouth

Big Red Boys Varsity Ice Hockey took a huge 6-1 win in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) Championship against Portledge School this Wednesday, picking up its 17th win of the season.

Big Red Boys Varsity Ice Hockey took a huge 6-1 win in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) Championship against Portledge School this Wednesday, picking up its 17th win of the season.

Both teams came off the opening faceoff fighting hard. Less than one minute into the period, a fast breakout play ended with a goal by Mike Rocco ’20. Despite this early lead, the momentum of the game was constantly shifting. A few minutes later, Co-Captain Matt Manahan ’20 and linemates Nikita Nesterenko ’20 and Toby Webster ’19 had a textbook set up that just missed a tap in goal by Manahan. Defensive breakdowns by both teams led to several very dangerous odd-man rushes, but Lawrenceville goaltender T.J. Semptimphelter ’20 stopped Portledge chances. “[Semptimphelter] played really well for us and kept us in [the game],” said Co-Captain Trevor White ’19. At seven minutes remaining in the first period, a misread on Portledge’s rush by Lawrenceville led to a Portledge goal. With the score now even, both teams fought hard. Lawrenceville received a great power play opportunity when Portledge took a penalty with slightly over two minutes remaining in the first period. Despite good cross-ice puck movement and good shots, Big Red could not put one in the back of the net.

Both teams had missed opportunities throughout the first half of the second period, until Rocco scored his second goal of the day with 3 minutes remaining, putting Lawrenceville up 2-1.

The third period got off to a quick start, with Manahan scoring one minute into the period, followed quickly by another goal by Jason Wang ’20 another minute later. Up 4-1, Lawrenceville backed down for a few minutes, but with three minutes left in the game, Lawrenceville was able to score again. After this goal, Peter Poulianas ’20 got a two-minute penalty, giving Portledge an opportunity to score in the last minutes of the game, but Nesterenko had a breakaway steal with 1:30 left in the game, finishing the game with a score of 6-1.

The team has six more games this season, starting with a road trip to Massachusetts for a tournament this weekend. Next Wednesday, Lawrenceville will play in the MAPL Championships, and then they will finish the season with another tournament in Albany. When asked about his goals for the rest of the season, White put it very simply: “Let's win them all.”