Since the Stoneman – Saint Andrew’s game was postponed I needed to fill a need to see a game and get my mind in gear for the season and thought this would be an interesting matchup since both of these programs have experienced both success and rebuilding in the past few years. What I found last night was two teams going about that rebuild at very different stages. Coach Andy Bolger’s SJP II team has gone through their growing pains and has an experienced team ready for a long-desired District championship while Coach Brent Mahieu’s Jensen Beach squad is facing the daunting task of fielding a very young team, that showed last night that they will need to work hard, as this will be a year of looking for improvement in all facets of the game.
There’s really not a lot to suspense about the game itself, as the score indicated. The first quarter settled the outcome early. SJP II got off 28 shots at the JB freshman goalie, Patrick Barry, who held in well for his first varsity start. But 28 shots is 28 shots, and though only 12 actually found the net, 7 of those entered the twine and after the first it was 7-0. And frankly, the rest of the game was played at a pace that can be best described as ‘let’s work on everything’, by both sides. SJP II could have made this a lot worse if more shots hit the cage, and Barry certainly made some nice first half saves, but the Eagles shot 60 times overall and 30 were on target.
Coach Bolger ran deep into the bench as 10 players scored goals and none of them were named starters Timmy D’Antuono and Michael Kennedy, who both focused on feeding and combined for 7 assists between them. 13 of the 20 goals were assisted and Coach Bolger will certainly be happy with that. On the other side Jensen’s senior middie Jack Spillman scored all four of their goals with one of them assisted by Marlin Wakeman.
Before I get into the game recap (as always, when I write up a game like this it will be more of a statistical list) I’d like to post SJP’s version of their pump-up video, which was tastefully done. For those schools out there who are thinking of doing one too, pay attention to the content of this one. No questionable language and no questionable content . . . violate either and I don’t use it!
One thing I wondered as the final panel came up and the #Resistance displayed was the generational difference between the kids and I. They were thinking about the hash tag and I was thinking about the Borg . . . Resistance is Futile.
Maybe we could meet in the middle? #ResistanceIsFutile?
Here’s the scoring recap:
11:18 – Wyatt Belotti from Brandon Moore on an up top step down
6:46 – Cam Etten from D’Antuono on the left wing
5:34 – Wyatt Martin from Moore on the right wing
3:23 – Nick Caputo from Kennedy on the right wing
2:14 – Etten from Kennedy on the left wing step down
0:35 – Brandon Balshi from D’Antuono on the crease
0:02 – Martin from Belotti on the right wing
10:12 – Justin Lipovich unassisted from a loose ball in front
8:41 – Jensen’s Spillman from Wakeman off an ‘alley oop’ crease feed
7:50 – Belotti from Etten on the right wing bullet to the far top corner
7:00 – Etten from Belotti off a triangle pass combo to the left crease
6:38 – Etten from Balshi from the left wing
3:21 – JB’s Spillman unassisted on a middle dodge
1:00 – Etten unassisted off a left wing dodge to the middle
0:01 – Etten unassisted after a turnover and fast break
10:40 – Martin unassisted curling from right behind
10:10 – Anthony Pecoraro from D’Antuono on the left wing
6:56 – Moore unassisted dodging to the right crease from the wing
4:48 – JB’s Spillman unassisted on a left wing dodge to the middle
2:38 – Moore unassisted on a dodge from the right wing to the middle
11:50 – Lipovich from Kennedy after a faceoff popped ahead
9:06 – Jack Gentile unassisted dodging to the middle from the top right
4:21 – Spillman closing out JB’s scoring with his fourth, unassisted in the middle
1:47 – On EMO, Brydon Mead from D’Antuono on the left wing step down
SJP is back in action on Thursday, traveling to Jupiter for a stern test while Jensen Beach is hosting Merritt Island on Thursday, a team that spanked Vero Beach last night.
Cam Etten 6G/1A
Wyatt Martin 3G
Wyatt Belotti and Brandon Moore with 2G/2A each
Timmy D’Antuono 4A
Michael Kennedy 3A
Justin Lipovich 2G
Brandon Balshi 1G/1A
Nick Caputo, Anthony Pecoraro, Jack Gentile and Brydon Mead with 1G each
Stephen Brower and Wyatt McMeekin split the goal and had 2 saves
Jack Spillman 4G
Marlin Wakeman 1A
Patrick Barry with 10 saves
Thanks to Coach Bolger and Coach Mahieu for talking to me before and after the game.