By Landon Komishane
After winning a hard-fought battle in late March against the Manchester-Essex Hornets, the Gloucester Fishermen boys’ lacrosse team went on the attack against the Hornets’ defense, relentlessly putting pressure on Manchester-Essex goalie Alex Taliaferro.
That pressure paid off for the Fishermen (2-6), as they cruised to an 11-3 win over the Hornets (1-6) at Hyland Field, their second victory over the Hornets.
“This has become a great rivalry between us and Manchester-Essex,” Gloucester head coach Dylan Morrissey said. “It was a physical game, and there was a good amount of intensity with both teams.”
“It’s always physical between us rivals,” Manchester-Essex head coach John McCavanagh said. “There was a little bit of aggressive play, but the kids played it smart and clean.”
The Hornets started off the game in Gloucester’s zone, but Gloucester retaliated and attacked early. Senior Jason Lattof scored the first of his four goals a minute and 41 seconds into the game. Junior Jason Erwin made it 2-0 one minute later with a goal of his own.
Morrissey said he liked the physicality and aggressiveness early on, and that lead them to keeping them on the same level throughout the game. However, he did say that there is room for improvement and that they still have a ways to go.