(VIDEO) Adam Brothers Lead Newton North to Win
By Nate Weitzer for Mass Prep Stars
WELLESLEY, Mass. – After dropping their season opener on a rainy night at Catholic Memorial, the Newton North boys’ lacrosse team has been on a roll.
On a sunny Thursday afternoon at Wellesley High, the Tigers overcame a slow start and caught fire in the third quarter to down conference foe Wellesley, 12-8, earning their tenth consecutive win.
Led as per usual by brothers Bryce Adam and Hunter Adam, who combined for 10 goals on the afternoon, the Tigers (10-1) quickly erased a 6-4 deficit early in the third quarter and won going away to remain undefeated within the Bay State Conference.
The Raiders (7-4) jumped out to an early 4-2 lead thanks to two goals from Brennan Conroy (4 goals) as well as a goal and assist from senior captain Grant Chrysiccas, yet it was the play of junior goalie Teddy Darcey that made the difference.
Darcey made 12 of his 17 saves in the first half, repeatedly denying Tigers star brothers Bryce and Hunter Adam after Newton North was able to beat the Raiders defense with deft passing.
“[Wellesley] always has an athletic team all around and the goalie was no slouch today,” said Bryce. “He has quick hands and he was dropping early, so once we figured that out we got a little crafty figuring out ways to open up the cage for us.”
Bryce and his younger brother Hunter put their heads together and found the weaknesses in the Raiders defense, as they combined for six goals in the third to lead Newton North back and spot the Tigers a 10-7 lead heading into the final frame.
“It’s a six man offense and [Bryce and Hunter] certainly generate a lot for us,” said their father and head coach, Bussy Adam. “They play so well together that it takes the whole defense to watch them and it can open things for other guys. They’ve been playing together for so long that they’ve developed great chemistry.”
Yet the Raiders didn’t go quietly at home. Conroy knifed through the defense for a goal to make it 10-8 with five minutes remaining, forcing Newton North to come up with an answer and Hunter Adam provided it by wrapping around for his sixth goal of the afternoon to effectively seal the win.
“We noticed that [The Raiders] were sliding early so we had to cut backside and work off each other and mirror each other. That was the game plan,” said Hunter.
With the win, Newton North remains atop the standings in the Bay State Conference Carey Division, but perhaps more importantly for the coaching staff, this relatively inexperienced team is learning how to win competitive games such as this rivalry tilt.
“We knew we had to play a complete game and we haven’t been doing that, but today we did,” said Bussy Adam. “A team like Wellesley is well coached and they’re going to capitalize on your mistakes, but thankfully, we didn’t make too many.”
Stars Who Shined
Bryce Adam ‘17 A – The elder son of Bussy Adam was dynamic as per usual for the Tigers, netting four goals with four assists in a fantastic all-around effort.
As a lefty with a deft shot and great dodging ability, Adam was a nightmare matchup for the Raiders defense all afternoon and he managed to beat Darcey with a couple of line drives, as well as one over-the-head finish for the highlight reel.
Bryce Adam with the finish
“Just like in every game, we get a little more adapted to how the defense wants to play,” said Bryce. “After a slow start, we started to figure out [The Raiders] tendencies and where we could beat them.”
Bryce also found Hunter Adam for two of his goals in the third quarter in perfect timing, which can only be the product of a lifetime of practicing together.
Bryce with the beautiful vision
“It all starts in the backyard I guess,” Bryce said about his chemistry with Hunter. “We’ve been playing together since we basically came out of the womb. We think the same, we know what each other is going to do and as long as we can get the other four guys on the field on the same page we’ll be all set.”
Hunter Adam ‘19 A – Bryce’s younger brother took advantage of the extra attention paid towards the senior attack by scoring six times, four of which came during the second half in pressure situations.
Bryce to Hunter Adam again for a nice finish.
“We knew that [The Raiders] offense was a lot stronger than their defense, so we wanted to possess the ball, keep it in their zone and take good shots,” said Hunter. “The defense was sliding early so we had to cut backside and work off each other and mirror each other. That was the game plan.”
Hunter Adam with the finish
Spencer Harris ‘17 G – Both Adam brothers praised the play of their keeper as well and rightfully so after Harris made 10 saves to keep the Tigers in the game.
In front of the goalie, long poles Jack Ranta, Kiernan Stone and captain Teddy Yerardi all played very well in the second half to keep Wellesley from mounting a comeback.
“Our defense has been developing,” Bussy admitted. “We’ve had to make some adjustments, but they played an incredible game. Teddy, Kieran and Jack Ranta played incredibly well and cleared the ball all day.
Teddy Darcey ‘18 G – The 6-foot junior was a rock between the pipes for the Raiders and he carried Wellesley to a 5-4 halftime lead. On one possession, Darcey denied a whip off the stick of Bryce Adam and quickly bounced up to deflect a scoop from Hunter Adam off the rebound.
“Darcey was playing out of his head and stopping great shots. He could’ve been the difference in the game, but once we made some adjustments we were able to beat him.”
16 saves now for Darcey. NN 10, Wellesley 7 9:30 to play pic.twitter.com/WhupGMBr0R— Nate Weitzer (@nweitzer7) May 4, 2017
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