No. 4 Gov’s Defeats No. 2 Belmont Hill

No. 4 Gov’s Defeats No. 2 Belmont Hill
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By Ryan Kilian @masspreps

BYFIELD — The much-anticipated early-season ISL match-up between No. 2 Belmont Hill and No. 4 Governor’s did not disappoint on Saturday. In a game of runs, which saw each team gain momentum on multiple occasions during the contest, Governor’s would withstand a late surge by Belmont Hill, to hold on for a 12-11 victory.

Belmont Hill (2-2, 2-1 in ISL) began the first quarter by seizing control, as they won the groundballs, controlled the possession and executed on both ends of the field, earning a 4-1 lead after the first.

The tide would change, however, in the second and third quarters, as Gov’s responded to the early deficit by going on a 9-to-1 run to earn a 10-6 lead. Belmont Hill would close out the third quarter with two goals, giving them some much-needed life heading into the final frame.

“They (Belmont Hill) came out hard and stuck it to us at the beginning,” Governor’s coach Steve Moreland said. “But credit to our guys, as well, as we bounced right back.”

Governor’s (3-1, 3-0 in the ISL) built their lead, due in large part to the work at the faceoff X by sophomore standout  Nate Laliberte. The New Hampshire resident, in his first-year at Gov’s, continues to show why he is one of the most important and game-changing players in the ISL.

Laliberte won draw, after draw, including all eight in the second quarter of play, helping Gov’s gain critical possessions, which they would turn into scoring opportunities.

“We have a lot of confidence in Nate and we always feel that he is going to win more than he loses,” Moreland said. “That is why we had two short sticks on the wings today, by design. I let him make the calls, as he has been doing this for a long time. He leads the wings out there and lets them know where they need to be.”

The fourth quarter would live up to the billing, as two of the top programs in New England traded goals, fought for critical possessions and exchanged man-up opportunities.

Leading by two goals late in the quarter, Gov’s killed-off a pivotal two-minute locked-in penalty, along with an additional penalty, to hold on for the win.

“It was tough playing with two men down late in the game,” Moreland said. “We were fortunate to be able to get the ball and get it into the hands of our guys with speed. We were also lucky to have our timeouts remaining.”

The Gov’s offense was sharp throughout the game, as attackmen Will Murtagh (5 Goals), Zach Ludd (4 Assists), and Jack Wood (1 Assist) (pictured left-right below) worked brilliantly together, as Ludd played his quarterback role, finding open cutters flashing to the cage and moving well with and without the ball.”

The attack group was complimented by the play of the offensive midfield unit, led by Ben Murtagh (2 Goals), Brendan Jordan (2 Goals) and Zadoc White (1 Goal, 1 Assist). Midfielders CJ Baroni and Shane O’Leary also added clutch goals late in the game for the victors.

“We have been really practicing sharing the ball,” Will Murtagh said. “If we are successful it is not because of one of us. It takes all of us to come together and that is what really matters.”

Belmont Hill was led by the impressive play of sophomore standout Cam Rubin, who scored three goals and showed perseverance and toughness, scoring with two seconds remaining in the game and battling until the final whistle was blown.

Danny Hincks was strong in goal for Belmont Hill, making 12 saves, while defenseman Blake Brookes impressed in transition, adding an early goal on a coast-to-coast run. Rubin, Brian Antonelli, Jake Haase, Brodie Rayment and James Goguin paced the Belmont Hill offense on the day.

Luke Moriarty stood out defensively for Gov’s, doing a nice job on groundballs and in the clearing game, Andrew Brown and Kyle Gaffey combined for 11 Saves for Gov’s in the win.

“We are playing with a lot more composure,” Ben Murtagh said of his team’s play. “We are coming out hard and we feel prepared and are ready for the challenge of the rest of the season.”

Gov’s gets back to action on Wednesday when they travel to BB&N for a 3:15 pm start.

Belmont Hill will travel to  Milton Academy next Saturday and look to get back on the winning track.

Game Stats

Scoring Breakdown  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   Final

Governor’s                     1      5      5       2       12

Belmont Hill                  4      1      3       3       11

 

Governor’s

Will Murtagh – 5 Goals

Zach Ludd – 4 Assists

Ben Murtagh – 2 Goals

Brendan Jordan – 2 Goals

Zadoc White – 1 Goal, 1 Assist

CJ Baroni – 1 Goal

Shane O’Leary – 1 Goal

Jack Wood – 1 Assist

Andrew Brown – 6 Saves

Kyle Gaffey – 5 Saves

 

Belmont Hill

Cam Rubin – 3 Goals

Joe Goguen – 2 Goals, 2 Assists

Jake Haase – 1 Goal, 2 Assists

Brodie Rayment – 1 Goal, 2 Assists

Blake Brookes – 1 Goal

Brian Antonelli – 1 Goal

Matt Savage – 1 Goal

Blake Brookes – 1 Goal

 

Faceoffs won – Gov’s 22, Belmont Hill 5

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