2019-03-15 / Sports

Falcons fend off Skyhawks


A.C. Flora’s Mac Overbay fights off Hammond’s Warren Irvin for an open look at the goal. Photo by Perry McLeod A.C. Flora’s Mac Overbay fights off Hammond’s Warren Irvin for an open look at the goal. Photo by Perry McLeod The A.C. Flora Falcons fended off two Hammond Skyhawk rallies to come away with a 15-9 win in boys’ lacrosse Monday, March 11 at A.C. Flora High School.

“Our guys are used to playing in close games,” A.C. Flora head coach Mickey Purdy said. “A one or two goal game doesn’t scare them. We know if we do what we want to we’ll be successful. It’s the lapses when we have the leads that’s upsetting. I’m glad with how they withstood the pressure from Hammond.”

Hammond got on the board first with a goal from Navaar Naimie in the first minute.

Then A.C. Flora took control, beginning with a goal from William King in the fourth minute. Seconds later, JT Irvin found Witt Hedgepath for a goal to give the Falcons the lead at 2-1.


A.C. Flora’s Blake Giles runs past Hammond’s Graydon Davies. Photo by Perry McLeod A.C. Flora’s Blake Giles runs past Hammond’s Graydon Davies. Photo by Perry McLeod Later in the first quarter, Irvin scored to extend the lead to 3-1. The fourth goal of the quarter came in the tenth minute when Hedgepath found Blake Giles.

The A.C. Flora momentum remained in the opening minutes of the second quarter with goals from Hedgepath and Mac Overbay to grow the lead to 7-1 and force the Skyhawks to take a timeout.

The break helped Hammond, as the Skyhawks got four unanswered goals from Naimie and Julian McCue to end the second down 7-5.

“We ended the half with a penalty and possession of the ball, so we knew we would have the ball to start the second half. We knew it would be important for us to score right away to take the pressure off,” Purdy said. “They have some weapons on offense, and they can score quickly. We knew that and didn’t want the second quarter problems to happen again, and they showed themselves again in the fourth quarter.”


Hammond’s Navaar Naimie looks for a way around A.C. Flora’s Banks Pope. Hammond’s Navaar Naimie looks for a way around A.C. Flora’s Banks Pope. Each team traded scores early in the third quarter. Overbay started off with a goal in the second minute, then McCue scored for Hammond to keep the deficit at two.

A.C. Flora exploded for four goals in three minutes to hold a 12-6 lead after three quarters. King, Giles, and Hedgepath all scored.

A goal in the third minute by Hedgepath pushed the Falcons’ lead to 13-6. Then Hammond mounted a final comeback. Goals from Naimie, Jack Word, and Piers Kneece cut the deficit to 13-9 with less than four minutes left.

However, A.C. Flora shut the door with a goal from Overbay in the 8th minute and one from Irvin in the 9th to come away

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