Wow, the NMH Varsity Boys team was good, really good. Everyone of their athletes could throw, caught everything that was anywhere near them, and they were all crazy fast. We went down 5-1 early in this one as each of our players took turns trying to guard their 6'-6" receiver who was catching everything. We put together a few good strings, proving to ourselves that we have the skills, but again our lack of cuts and miscommunications costs us the game. NMH never took their foot off the gas and the game ended in time to catch the last 30 minutes or so of the JV game. Special shout outs to Ezra Von Mertens and Graeme Watson, both of whom ran super hard the whole game, and to Hayden Anderson who was our only female player on the varsity team for this game against the all-boys team from NMH.
NMH came out with a 1-3-3 zone/wall defense, which was a first for our team, shutting down our ability to get any kind of flow going and went up 3-0. Dublin responded by focusing efforts on speeding up the swing passes and moving the disc before the cup could get on the mark. It worked and we broke through their wall twice. They switched to a person D to try to hold us back, but our team would not be denied and we stormed ahead to take the first half. The stiff cross wind did not deter Connor Roberts from taking multiple shots at the end zone; He found his hammer and once that thing was out, there was no putting it back in the holster. Eve Hicks was a dominant presence on defense, Nora Snyder ran incredibly hard the whole gam - providing endless cuts, Elias Sieswerda caught countless passes all over the field and 5 of the team's goals, and Rhys Anderson's steady hands and nose for the end zone delivered us 2 of our 9 goals. And then there was Helen Ren's point of the season - Helen took over the game in one point and was literally every other as she worked the disc up the field, catching and throwing pass after pass until she finally threw for the game winning score. It was an amazing site. There was a tremendous effort by all the players and it was a big win for the young squad.