Hill traveled to Towson, Maryland on Thursday to face Loyola-Blakefield for its second contest of the 2018 campaign. The Hill worked hard to recover an 0-6 run in the first period by Loyola, a run sparked by Hill’s inefficiency to get the ball out of its defensive end. Hill was limited to a handful of possessions in the first half, but managed to tighten the screws with a 1/1 second quarter. Hill was led by Nolan Smith, who tallied 2 goals. Hill’s half-field defense was serviceable and net-minder Zach Phillips kept the Blues in the game with twenty saves. Pat Vonn Dyke was around 50% from the face-off X against a worthy trio of Loyola Dons. Workhorse Mike Nastasi excelled on both ends of the field. Hill focuses on William Penn Charter this Wednesday, in Philly.
Hill – 5 Penn Charter – 10
1/4, 2/3, 0/2, 2/1
Hill Scorers: Carter Straub 1/0, Nolan Smith 2/0, JJ Pickard 2/0, Ryan Long 0/1, Carter Page 0/1
Hill visited William Penn Charter for a spirited up and down battle that ended up favoring a Penn Charter squad that boasted 15 face-off wins, putting Hill behind in the possession battle. Hill went into the half 3-7 after a flurry of Penn Charter goals with 3 minutes left in the half. Down but not out, Hill’s defense clamped down in the second half, allowing just three goals. Still, the Blues had a tough time converting on the rare possession. Hill goalie Zach Phillips recorded 18 saves and kept Hill in the game. Overall, it was a productive game for the Hill.
Hill 12 Peddie 1
4/0 , 3/0, 3/0, 2/1
Hill scorers: JJ Pickard 2/1, Carter Page 3/1, Mike Nastasi 2/0, Carter Straub 2/0, Ryan Maloney 1/0, Tres Munro 1/0, Alex Kiviniemi 1/0, Nolan Smith 0/1, Griffin Dunn 0/1
Hill goes to 1-3 overall and 1-0 in Mid- Atlantic Prep League play after beating the Peddie School 12-1 today on Harry Price Field before a good crowd consisting of families and students. Hill improved demonstrably since Wednesday’s game at Penn Charter in these categories: ground balls (25), shots (35), Face-offs (10). Hill played well defensively, giving up single digit shots. Still, The Hill has some work to do as it looks ahead to an aggressive Inter-Ac and MAPL schedule.
Hill Boys Lacrosse
Hill – 6 SSCH – 10
3/2 , 3/3, 0/1, 1/3
Hill scorers: Griffin Dunn 1/1, JJ Pickard 2/0, Mike Nastasi 1/0, Carter Page 1/1, Nolan Smith 1/0
Hill and Chestnut Hill battled for the first half, trading goals and trading the lead. Chestnut Hill won the face-off battle and the possession game in general, forging ahead in the 4th quarter to a three goal lead that forced Hill into a pressure defense. In the loss, Griffin Dunn played well at attack. Goalie Zack Phillips posted 15 saves and the man-down team let up one goal, for an 85% efficiency rate. Still, The Hill ran out of offensive opportunities thanks to a sharp and disciplined SSCH offense.
Hill - 6 Princeton Country Day -8
2/2, 3/3, 1/1, 0/2
Pickard 2/0, Smith 2/0, Nastasi 1/0, Dunn 1/0
Hill and PDS traded goals for three periods in a very close game characterized by long possessions and careful goal tending. Hill bounced back from every situation with poise, but ran out of time and had to press out with 1:30 on the clock. Zack Phillips made 21 saves and committed 1 penalty. Hill’s defense played spectacularly as the offense began to develop.
Hill - 12. Mercersburg - 2
0/2, 0/4, 1/3, 1/3
Pickard 2/1, Dunn 2/4, Smith 2/0,
Page 1/0, Nastasi 1/0, Long 2/0
Hill won its second league game against a tenacious Mercersburg. Hill played well. Pat Vonn Dyke won all face offs to give Hill a decided advantage and Matt Valerio was outstanding in net.
Hill – 1 Episcopal – 9
0/2, 1/1, 0/3, 0/3
Ryan Long – 1/0, JJ Pickard 0/1
Goalie: Zack Phillips, 20 saves
Face-offs: Pat Vonn Dyke, 9/12
Hill battled tough for two quarters using long possessions and quality team defense – and great goal-tending as well as timely possessions from great face-off work. Tenacious on-ball defense from Mike Nastasi, James Krick, Tres Munro, Riley Schmidt and Robert Moore shut down an explosive EA offense for 24 minutes. Fortunately for EA, it’s a 4 quarter games and Hill eventually ran out of gas. Hill returns to action Wednesday against Blair Academy.
Hill – 6 Blair Academy – 5
0/2, 2/1, 2/1, 2/1
Griffin Dunn 2/1, Carter Straub 2/0, JJ Pickard 1/1, Nolan Smith 1/10
Hill went to Blair and played in a nail biter, winning a 6-5 contest. Hill was led by goaltender Zack Phillips (20 saves).
Another good outing by Hill’s defensive unit. Hill moves to 3-0 in MAPL play.
Hill – 5 Malvern Prep – 18
0/6, 0/6, 2/3, 3/3
Carter Page – 3/1
JJ Picard – 2/1
Hill got behind early, 6-0, and could not get enough possessions to crawl back into the game. The bright spot for Hill was the face-off work of Pat Vonn Dyke, who went 50/50 with Malvern’s FOGO.
Hill – 4 Haverford – 17
Hill (3-7, 3-0)
0/6, 1/6, 2/6, 1/5
Hill scorers were Picard (2/1) and Page (2/0)
Hill – 13 Lawrenceville – 14 (OT)
0/4, 6/2, 0/5, 7/3
Goalie Zach Philips 21 saves
Hill attackman Kevin Cummings ’18 scored his 4th goal of the day with 1.7 seconds left on the game clock, sending the game into overtime. Cummings had a spectacular day, scoring goals and facilitating offense with his teammates in an epic back-and-for the with longtime rival Lawrenceville. Hill nipped two scoring droughts in the bud, one in the first period and one in the third, with electrifying offensive runs. The defense was anchored by sophomore goalie Zach Phillips who made a myriad of door-step saves to keep Hill in the running. Face offs were handled with skill by Hill junior Pat VonnDyke. The afternoon was emblematic of the gritty determination and next-play mindset of this season’s 6th form players, whose “never-say-die” attitude has sustained this team.