GLOUCESTER— Gloucester head lacrosse coach Drew Dominick said one of his team’s worst performances of the season came in a 6-1 loss to Manchester Essex earlier this season.
With the Hornets visiting Nate Ross Field on Tuesday, Gloucester was looking for a better all around performance and more importantly a win to split the season series. While they certainly didn’t light the world on fire Tuesday, the Fishermen still did enough to win holding off a late Hornets surge to hold on for a 6-5 win improving to 5-11 on the season.
“It was definitely a much better performance from the last time we played,” Dominick said. “Was it the best game we played all year? No, but we did enough to win. Our goal was to take the final three games to salvage something out of this season and we got the first two.”
While Gloucester had its moments of strong lacrosse, the overall performance was still a bit of a mixed bag. The Fishermen dominated on ground balls and held the ball in the offensive zone for the vast majority of the game but could only muster up six goals. Still, Gloucester did a better job staying out of the penalty box and was its usual strong self on the defensive end.
Hornets goalie Alex Taliaferro (12 saves) also made life tough on Gloucester with several strong saves.
“I thought we played a strong game all around,” Dominick said. “But with that much time in the offensive zone we needed to score more. I thought we took a few bad shots. (Taliaferro) is very strong on high shots and we kept trying to challenge him there. But defensively I thought we were very strong again.”
In a back and forth contest, Gloucester was able to break through with five minutes to play on a goal from Austin Titus to take a 6-4 lead. That turned out to be the game winner as Gloucester held off a late push by the Hornets to hold on for the win.