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NHIAA Boys' Lacrosse: Windham boys rally for key win over Winnacunnet

Special to the Union Leader

May 14. 2018 10:31PM

WINDHAM — With less than five minutes left, the Windham boys’ lacrosse team found itself down by one to a talented Winnacunnet of Hampton squad.

But the Jaguars found their groove late, scoring three goals in a 2:38 span, to turn that deficit into a big 12-10 win.

The win improved Windham to 9-4 on the season and earned the Jaguars a key tiebreaker for seeding in what will be a competitive Division II tournament. Winnacunnet fell to 10-2.

“I’ve always been confident with the offense, and that’s something we’ve harped on all season,” Windham coach Joe Young said. “You can’t make bad passes. This is a game that is literally passing and catching. If you can’t do that, we can’t play.”

The offense was led by Jake and Noah Rust and senior Tyler Folsom. Jake Rust, a sophomore, had three goals and five assists. His older brother Noah, a senior, had a pair of goals.

Folsom, who arrived at the game late because he was taking his AP physics/calculus test, finished with a hat trick and an assist.

Jake Rust, Niko Piandes, and Phil Tsoukalas had the three goals for Windham in the fourth.

Tsoukalas, the team’s faceoff specialist, won 16 of 25 faceoffs and helped Windham to a 37-27 advantage in ground balls.

“He’s always important,” Young said of Tsoukalas. “If he’s not here winning the faceoffs it becomes an incredibly difficult game. If you’re losing faceoffs, you’re always on defense and can’t win. Having him is huge.”

The game ebbed and flowed throughout with four ties and three lead changes. Winnacunnet scored the first two goals of the game before Windham responded to take a 5-3 lead midway through the second and went into halftime up 7-6.

The Warriors started the second half on a 4-2 run to take a 10-9 lead before fading down the stretch.

Ethan Jones and Gavin O’Hara each had a hat trick for the Warriors. Josh Chase added two goals and two assists.

“Transition kind of hurt us all day today,” Winnacunnet coach Pat Snow said. “We weren’t good in the middle of the field. Defensively, six-on-six, i thought we played OK. Lacrosse comes in runs, and we couldn’t stop the bleeding there at the end. They were able to capitalize on some good shots on their man-ups.”

The Jaguars were anchored by goalie Jack Troupe. A senior in his first season as a goaltender, Troupe turned aside seven Winnacunnet shots.

“This is his first season and he’s gotten better every game,” Folsom said of Troupe. “He’s a leader out there, and our defense is starting to talk, get a lot better.”

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