By Travis Smola
The Vicksburg varsity boys’ lacrosse team put in a valiant effort, but ultimately fell to the Lowell Red Arrows 17-9 in one of its first matchups of the season.
The Bulldogs scored first thanks to a nice goal from Thomas Murphy. He was Vicksburg’s leading scorer, putting up five total in the contest. Through the first period and much of the second it was either team’s ballgame as the two teams traded goals back and forth. After going down 1-2 to Lowell, Chase Willcutt tied things up again 2-2. Shortly after that, Ashton DeVries made a nice cut past a defender and cut in front of the net to help the Bulldogs take a 3-2 lead.
Lowell answered that score before Murphy put Vicksburg back in the lead with a goal after an assist from Thomas Harsha. After the Red Arrows tied it up again, Harsha drove home a goal of his own to make it 5-4.
After that goal, Murphy got the hattrick with his third goal of the day to make it 6-4 on an assist from Harrison Barton. After that score, Lowell kept up what seemed like a constant stream of pressure. Goalie Jacob Wood made several great saves. However, the onslaught by Lowell was relentless and the team scored four straight goals to put the visitors up 8-6 at the half. In the third period, Lowell scored three more times to go up 11-6 over the Bulldogs.
Murphy scored shortly into the fourth to halt the bleeding momentarily. However, Lowell scored three more goals to widen the lead to 14-7. DeVries and Murphy both scored late, but it wasn’t enough to mount a comeback as Lowell easily ran out the clock for a 17-9 win over the Bulldogs.
By Travis Smola