Boys’ lacrosse in annual Suburban Cup game defeat Waltham with unselfish scoring


Anderson Free

Boys Lacrosse defeated Waltham 18-1, in the annual Suburban Cup, a game honoring Adam London, Saturday, April 30. 

London was a Newton North lacrosse goalie who tragically passed away in a car accident August 23, 2010, the annual matchup was created to honor him.

North started the game out strong, scoring the first three goals of the game and ending the first quarter of play with a 3-0 lead. In the second quarter, they proceeded to score the next four goals, jumping out to a 7-0 lead. 

However, not long after that, Waltham scored their first and only goal of the match. Despite the play, North’s defense played exceptionally according to Nick Pfeifer, the head coach of the team. “The defense, with the exception of that one goal that we weren’t thrilled about, covered the middle for the rest of the game and did a great job.”

After ending the first half up 8-1, North proceeded to score 10 straight goals in the second half, achieving a total of 18 goals. “We had eight different goal scorers,” said Pfeifer, “So I think it is a really good thing to have eight different goal scorers.” 

During the second half, senior Clinton Jacobs scored his first goal of the season. 

Senior Nathan Leone, a captain of the team along with senior Bryce Busa, said, “I feel that some of the strategies we used were moving on ball and off ball, and just finding ways to get open and getting crisp and nice passes to find our shooting lane.”

The diverse and unselfish scoring lead to some great moments during the game such as Leone scoring a hat trick, even though he is a defensive player. The leading scorers overall were Busa and senior Drew Fitzgerald, who both scored a total of five goals.

North, 4-4, prepares to take on Brookline Tuesday May 3 at 4:40 p.m at home, and they hope to continue this momentum into the rest of the season. 

“We’ve just got to keep working as a team,” said Pfeifer, “We’ll definitely watch the film, and we will try to get better from it, but I thought it was a feel good game for the kids.”