BRISTOL - The Bristol Eastern boys lacrosse team is still squarely in the middle of a rebuild and that was apparent in Friday’s 16-2 loss to Berlin.
The Lancers got off to a slow start against the Redcoats and Berlin made them pay, scoring 10 unanswered goals over the first two quarters. Bristol Eastern first got on the board halfway through the second frame but the tally could not spur a Lancers comeback, as they surrendered the next five goals and six of the last seven.
For Bristol Eastern, every game is going to be a learning experience and Friday’s was no different.
“We already talked a little bit,” Bristol Eastern coach Ryan Fisher said after the game. “Some of the players have come out like, ‘We need to start being more serious right off the bat.’ Not start out slow. They need to get some more conditioning done with their lower body and moving their feet faster.”
With the score being what it was, defense was obviously one of the aspects of the game that Fisher mentioned as needing work. The Lancers have a strong goaltender in Alex Rollins on the back end, who made five saves in the loss, but to make the best use of him, the team in front of him has to play better.
“The defense was not moving the best they could,” Fisher said.
The Lancers did score two goals, which was a small consolation for the team. Christian Deltano got Bristol Eastern on the board in the second quarter with his first career varsity goal and Lorenzo Perez netted Eastern’s only other goal.
“What I was trying to focus on was having them pass the ball around and break down the defense and find the open man, which they did a couple of times,” Fisher said. “Berlin wasn’t going to give up any easy shots on goal or easy goals [Friday].”
Because there are not sky-high expectations for this team this season and the score was so lopsided on Friday, it offered Fisher the opportunity to get his players to work on the fundamentals and not focus so much on the outcome of the game. Going forward, the work and changes that the Lancers made on Friday could lay the groundwork for improvement later in the season.
“We’re working on picking our heads up, looking for the open man, trying to work the ball, move the ball, not your feet as much,” Fisher said. “We don’t have much of a bench. We’re working on those principles and working as a team - our sportsmanship and everything.”
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