Playing with heart and hustle, the Boys Varsity Lacrosse team turned in an outstanding performance and upset a tough Baldwin team 6-5 at The Pit.
Port came out strong, with hard hits and good passing but it was Baldwin that scored first. The Vikings persisted and with the clock winding down, Rob Lutin took a pass from Jess Frocarro and knotted it up at 1-1 just before the period ended.
Port continued to play well and hit hard in the second quarter but Baldwin scored two more to make it a 3-1 game at halftime. While some might have thought this was going to be another disappointing affair, there was something different about this game. The hits, the hustle, the persistence - if Baldwin thought they were going to walk away with this one they were mistaken.
Early in the third quarter, Frocarro again fed Lutin who scored. Right after that Frocarro put one in and minutes after that Gus Bechtold took a feed from Billy Brown and all of a sudden Port had the lead. Baldwin scored to tie it up but Port would not be denied as Francisco Silva nailed one and with time running out Billy Brown fed James Lopilito who scored to give Port a 6-4 lead with one quarter left to play.
Baldwin came out hard in the fourth but was no match for the Port defense. Goalie Michael Widmer turned in the performance of his like making 11 saves under pressure. The defense unit of Jonah Lovens, Bryant Rich, Tom McDonough, Jordan Caruso, Steve Kaufman, Sean Allen and Peter Miller played a tough physical game and continuously thwarted the Baldwin attack.
But this was destined to be a nail-biter. The Bruins finally scored to make it 6-5 and with two minutes left in the game Port needed to keep it in the box in Baldwin's end. They managed to do so for what seemed like an eternity until they were forced out with about 25 seconds left. Baldwin raced it up field and called a timeout with 17 seconds remaining. The Bruins set up for a final play of the game but Widmer and the Vikings defense stood tall and held on for a huge 6-5 victory.
In addition to the outstanding goaltending and solid play of the defense, the difference was the Port Middies, who took it up a notch and out-played, out-hustled and out-hit their opponents. Alex Lee dominated on face-offs and did an outstanding job of scooping up balls and feeding the attack. Michael Winter ran, dove, hit, scooped - everything but flew - on both ends of the field to break the Bruins offense and set up Port's.
The emotional victory leaves Port with three games remaining and victories needed in all three if they have any hope of prolonging their season. If the Baldwin game was any indication, the Vikings have a shot.