POTOMAC — Heading into March 23 with a record of 4-1, the Bullis School boys lacrosse team were prepared for a battle in their home contest against Cape Henlopen High School of Lewes, Delaware.
The Bulldogs dominated for the majority of the contest until the Vikings attempted a comeback early in the fourth quarter that completely sputtered as Bullis hung on, 15-7, thanks in part to two hat tricks from senior midfielder Bryson Shaw and sophomore attackman Connor Davis.
With the win, Bullis won their fourth straight game. Meanwhile, they took advantage of a Cape Henlopen, who traveled all the way from Delaware to Potomac to play their first game of the season.
“Good game,” said Davis. “I think we played well as a team. Think we’re really getting better since the first game.”
Right out of the gate, the Bulldogs came ready to play, as Shaw fired the ball into the net for the early 1-0 lead.
This led to three more goals in the quarter; Davis scored his first of three goals, sophomore midfielder Spencer Hughes sniped the ball past goalie Carson Hamaer and senior attackman Robert Schain added a tally to close out the quarter with a 4-0 lead.
The Bulldogs outshot Cape Henlopen a great deal, especially in the first three quarters.
The fourth quarter is when the Vikings had nearly as many shots on goal as Bullis. Nevertheless, the home team finished with over 25 shots.
Early in the second quarter, senior midfielder Matt Kelly posted up against a defender before firing a low shot into the net for the goal.
This tally was followed by Shaw’s second goal and back-to-back scores from junior midfielder Gus Weiner. Senior attackman/midfielder Jonathan Bender launched a bullet to give Bullis a 10-goal lead at the half.
In the third quarter, Davis completed the hat trick, while Schain scored his second tally to extend the rout to 12-0.
“It was nice to see Connor,” said Bulldogs Head Coach Jeff Bellistri. “They put a short stick middie on him in the first half, and if they’re going to short stick our attack, we’ve got to make them pay, and Connor did, and he scored that goal early, which really set the tone for the game.”
However, the Vikings came back to life when junior attackman Gabriel Best put up two consecutive scores to cut the deficit down back to 10. The comeback attempt continued in the fourth with four more unanswered goals from Cape Henlopen to cut the lead down to 12-6 with just over nine minutes left.
Best completed a hat trick of his own during the run.
“I thought that since we started so poorly with a lot of dropped passes and failed clears, we dug ourselves too big of a hole to dig out,” said Cape Henlopen Head Coach Mark D’Ambrogi. “But I like the fact that we gave the effort in the second half; that’s what we were looking for.”
Nevertheless, the Bulldogs were able to add three more goals, courtesy of Shaw, Bender, and Hughes, which prevented any comeback attempt.
“We were glad at the end that we were able to put up a few more goals, then finish out the game at the end,” said Bellistri.
Coming up next for Bullis are three consecutive home games before heading on the road. Games against Delmar (Delaware), Gonzaga and Landon will be next on the schedule for the Bulldogs before taking on public school squad Quince Orchard on April 9.