By OLIVER CORPUS
University lost a close game against Northwood High school with a score of 13-14 this Monday. The game marked the first league match of the year, making the overall record for the team 0-1. Although the boys took the lead in the first half of the game with a score of 6-3 thanks to the efforts of players senior Nick Khamseh, juniors Oliver Kubit and Lucas Hall, and sophomore Matt McCarthy. Khamseh stood out in particular, scoring multiple goals and drawing multiple fowls. Yet Northwood regained their lost ground in the second half to clinch the game. One star of the game, Kubit was optimistic in the face of a loss. “Something to look forward to is that our team knows that we can win now, coming so close to winning against northwood, who we’ve only beat once in the past years,” said Kubit after the game.
Despite the loss, the team was able to learn and grow, and improve on certain skillsets. Senior captain Ryan Hane commented that the team should have worked on their offensive plays a lot more. “ A large amount of our goals were from fast breaks, which are still great, but they do not give our defense a break both mentally and physically…Overall it really came down to the small things. Working on ground balls and stick skills mostly…,” said Hane, when asked on what aspects of the game the team could improve. Another starter player, junior Eric Lim voiced his thoughts on necessary improvements. “Overall i think our team would have communicated better on defense and helped our adjacent defenders so that we could have prevented some scores,” when reminiscing on what he and his teammates could have done to secure the win.
Another positive for the team was starter player Phát Nguyễn was able to rejoin the team after being injured. Nguyen was overjoyed to be playing again, and described the experience as an “an amazing feeling to be able to come back from an injury and play with all I got with my fellow teammates”. “I had a blast. Even though we lost today. I felt that we all tried our best and gave our best efforts to the game. Our team know that when we get to play Northwood again. We will be able to come out with a W,” said Nguyen. Captain Hane also praised the goalie junior Rustin Sorat who made many saves, preventing Northwood from gaining too far of a lead. “ Every single pass he made went right to our players. He forced several fast breaks during the game and really helped the defense stick together during the game,” said Hane when describing Sorat’s defense.