Boys’ lacrosse defeats South in yearly matchup honoring former coach


North celebrates after their victory over South, Saturday, May 20

Margaux Shepard

Boys’ lacrosse defeated South in the annual game honoring former English teacher, Tom DePeter, a former head coach, with an exciting 5-4 overtime win away Saturday, May 20.

After resigning from the head coach position at North, Depeter coached at South. The annual game was created to honor him in 2009 after he passed away. 

The first quarter started off slow for the Tigers. They conceded an early goal, but managed to respond quickly with a goal from freshman Freddy Torcasio. Before the end of the half, South scored after a face-off win and took a 2-1 lead going into the third quarter. 

North stepped up their game in the third quarter. The offensive end moved the ball quickly looking for opportunities to score, and they made smart plays. This smart offense paid off and North took a 4-3 lead with more goals from Torcasio. “I had to step up for the trophy game,” said Torcasio. “I was happy I was able to get the momentum going,” he added. 

Although junior Hayden Willen, the North goalie, came up with some important saves, South managed to tie the game and take it to overtime. Despite the momentum swing in South’s favor, health and wellness teacher Robert MacDougall, the head coach, was optimistic about his team’s chances.“We felt confident going into overtime. I knew that when the time came we would have better executions for our plays,” he said. 

MacDougall was not naive in his optimism. North played well and scored their fifth goal of the game, taking the win. North received the trophy, which is given to the winner of the annual memorial game. The win was especially sweet for the Tigers, as they reclaimed the trophy from South who won it last year. “I know the seniors really wanted it, so it feels good to have it back,” said MacDougall. 

North finished the season 4-14, and they will look to have a more successful season next year.