Bacon Academy Lacrosse completed their best regular season ever with a team record 12 victories in 2017. The team is young and deep in talent, with every position fielded by players deserving of all-star recognition. Six Bobcat teammates received All-Eastern Connecticut Conference Honors last week.
Senior Captain Tony Tyler, who has played every position except Goalie in his Bacon career, won the very prestigious ECC Sportsmanship Award, recognizing not only outstanding play but also his integrity, class and dignity both on and off the field. Senior Captain Defenseman Brian Egan has been selected to the All-ECC team for three consecutive years. Brian is the third in a line of all-star brothers and the Bobcats lock-down defender.
Freshman Attackman Ethan Cuadro led the Bobcats with 33 goals and scored 62 points. Sophomore Attackman Dylan Heald was the team leader in both points with 63 and assists with 38 helpers. Both of the young Bobcats made the ECC All-Star squad. Tyler Christianson scored 27 goals and finished with 41 points and was selected an ECC All-Star Midfielder. Chris Consiglio shut down the oppositions transition game and caused several turnovers earning Defensive Short Stick Middie All-Star honors. Bacon's All-ECC Middie selections are both Juniors.
The Bobcats host the Immaculate Mustangs from Danbury in the opening round of the Class S State Tournament on June 1st. We hope to see you at the game!
Six Bacon Academy Lacrosse Players were selected for 2017 All-ECC Honors. From Left to Right -
All-Star Attackman Ethan Cuadro (#1), All-Star Defenseman Brian Egan (#9), ECC Sportsman of the Year Tony Tyler (#4), All-Star Attackman Dylan Heald (#5), All-Star Midfielder Tyler Christianson (#13) and All-Star DSSM Chris Consiglio (#15).
Seniors Tony Tyler and Bobby Parker each scored a goal, and all 4 senior defenders played strong, but the Fitch Falcons defeated the Bobcats 12-8 on May 19th, Bacon Academy Lacrosse Senior Night of 2017.
Brian Egan, Eli Healy, Julian Lindo, Josh Atchison, Bobby Parker and Tony Tyler are Bacon Academy's 6 senior players who were honored along with senior manager Grace Cafro.
Games on consecutive days of over 90 degree heat proved to be difficult. A sluggish start led to the Falcons scoring 33 seconds into the game, and Fitch kept rolling to a 6-2 half time lead. The teams traded goals in the 3rd, but Fitch scored twice in just 25 seconds early in the 4th quarter to take a 9-3 lead.
The Bobcats finally found their offensive rhythm halfway through the final quarter, scoring 5 goals in the final 7 minutes, but it was too little too late as Fitch held on for the 12-8 victory. The Bobcats had their chances, outshooting the Falcons 47-20.
Along with seniors Tyler and Parker, the offense was led by Tyler Christianson, who scored 3 goals and an assist. Casey Hart, Chris Consiglio and Ethan Hahn all found the back of the net for Bacon while Dylan Heald and Matthew Voiland each dished out 2 assists. Kyle Denker made 8 saves for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats have qualified for both the ECC Tournament and the State Class S Tournament, the team starts the post season Tuesday, May 23rd.
2017 Bacon Academy Seniors - from Left to Right: Julian Lindo, Captain Bobby Parker,
Captain Tony Tyler, Manager Grace Cafro, Eli Healy, Josh Atchison and Captain Brian Egan.
Back on April 29th at Stonington High, the Bears handed BA their first loss of the season. On Thursday, May 18th, the Bobcats hosted the Bears and avenged the loss with a 17-12 victory.
Freshman Ethan Cuadro scored 10 points, firing 6 goals and dishing out 4 assists to lead the potent Bacon attack. Fellow attackmen Dylan Heald assisted on 6 goals and had 2 of his own and Tyler Christianson had a hat trick and 3 assists. It was a close match throughout the first half, with the first quarter ending in a 3-3 tie and the game even 5-5 at the half.
Both offenses scored often in the 3rd quarter, but the Bobcats Connor Elmy was able to fire 2 shots into the net in less than a minute at the end of the period to give BA a 12-9 lead. The Bobcats outscored the Bears 5-2 in the final 12 minutes for the 17-12 final. Ryan LoVetere scored 3 goals for Bacon, Casey Hart had a goal and an assist and Bobby Parker recored an assist.
The win was the 12th of the year, setting the all-time record for victories in a single Bacon Academy Lacrosse season and Freshman Kyle Denker also set the record for most wins for a goalie in a single season.
Have you ever had one of those days where nothing seems to go right? Well, the Bobcats offense did on May 16th against the Waterford Lancers, recording a season low three goals in the re-match of the OT thriller just 4 days prior.
Eyes were taken off the ball before catches were secured, ground balls were elusive, passes missed their target, and the entire offense just looked out of sync. Despite the sloppy play, the Bobcats found themselves in the game for the first 3 quarters of a low scoring, defensive battle.
Dylan Heald scored the game's first goal at the 8:16 mark of quarter one. Waterford scored twice to take a 2-1 lead, but with just over a minute to go in the first, Bobby Parker took a pass from Casey Hart and fired a goal to tie the game at 2. The 2nd quarter came and went without much offensive threat from either side, as the defenses locked down the opposing team's top scoring threats most of the game.
Waterford opened the third quarter with a goal, but the Bobcats Ethan Cuadro answered with a goal of his own to tie the game back up at 3-3. With only 6 seconds remaining in the 3rd, the Lancers scored what proved to be the game winner, taking a 4-3 lead into the 4th. Waterford pulled away in the final quarter with 3 goals and Bacon failed to score to give the Lancers the 7-3 victory. The Bobcats (#3 seed) have another chance, playing Waterford (#2 seed) in the ECC Championships on Tuesday, May 23rd.
If you have attended a Bobcats home lacrosse game and heard the cheers "Let's Go Bacon", "Let's Go Bobcats" or "DEFENSE", most likely it was the Bobcats biggest fan, Alex Robley leading the crowd. Alex is a Bacon Academy graduate and his enthusiastic cheering and smiling face have motivated the team to it's best start in Bacon lacrosse history. Keep up the great work Alex, the Bobcats appreciate your support and all you do for the team!
From the May 14th Norwich Sunday Bulletin
WOODSTOCK — Bacon Academy didn’t have much turnover time.
About 18 hours after losing an overtime heartbreaker to Waterford, the Bobcats were back on the lacrosse field at Woodstock Academy Saturday. The Bobcats overcame Friday’s disappointment and the tired legs to earn a 15-6 win over the Centaurs.
“It was such a tough game (against Waterford), a tough loss, but once we came out (against Woodstock) and got a lead, I wasn’t worried about any letdown,” Bacon coach Brian Martin said.
Tyler Christianson helped the Bobcats (11-2, 6-2 Eastern Connecticut Conference Division II) get going. He assisted on the team’s first goal by freshman Casey Hart and then scored one of his own as the Bobcats vaulted out to a 3-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. Christianson started the season in the midfield, but was moved to right-hand attack after Noah Mocksfield went down with a hip injury a little more than a week ago. Mocksfield leads the team with 29 goals.
“That’s the nice thing about this team, it’s almost like a Bill Belichick next man up. We had a guy go down, we plug new guys in and keep playing,” Martin added. Christianson finished with three goals and five assists. “We have a really good, young core on attack and I’m just trying to step up and help the team,” Christianson said. Ethan Cuadro, another freshman, also had a hat trick while Dylan Heald had three assists.
Bacon Academy's Tyler Christianson, who was recently moved to attack because of an injury, recorded 3 goals and 5 assists in Bacon's 15-6 victory. (John Shishmanian/ NorwichBulletin.com)
Bacon Academy was looking forward to the challenge of playing their league's top rated team when the Waterford Lancers came to town on May 12th.
The Bobcats jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but with just 3 seconds left in the first quarter, Waterford gave a glimpse of things to come when they scored with time running out making it a 4-1 game. After the Bobcats dominated the first, the 2nd quarter belonged to Waterford as they outscored Bacon 5-2 to bring the game even at 6-6 going into the half.
The teams traded goals throughout the third, and the quarter ended in a 9-9 tie. Waterford took their first lead of the game early in the 4th, 10-9, but Bacon's Dylan Heald fired a perfect pass across the crease that Casey Hart quickly directed into the net to tie the game at 10. Waterford scored again to go ahead 11-10. With just over 4 minutes left, Tyler Christianson found Ryan LoVetere who fired a shot passed the Lancers goalie and the game was once again even at 11 each. With no goals scored in the final 4 minutes of regulation, the teams headed to the 4 minute sudden death OT session.
In overtime, each offense took turns launching near miss shots, but with only 6 ticks left on the clock, Waterford got off a shot that found its way into the Bacon goal. The Lancers handed the Bobcats just their 2nd loss of the year, securing Waterford's spot on top of the division.
Tyler Christianson had 3 goals and 2 assists and Ethan Cuadro had 2 goals and 3 assists to lead the Bacon offense. Tony Tyler and Casey Hart each scored 2 goals and Noah Mocksfield and Ryan LoVetere each hit the back of the net for BA. Dylan Heald continues to be the team's primary playmaker, adding 3 more assists, and Matthew Voiland also dished out an assist. Kyle Denker made 7 saves in goal for BA. Logan Bowdish led Waterford with 4 goals.
The Bobcats get another shot at the top team as they travel to Waterford on May 16th for the re-match.
St. Bernard visited BA on May 10th, and the Bobcats came away with a 13-6 win. Bacon was led by Dylan Heald's 5 goals and 2 assists and Ethan Cuadro's 4 goals and 4 helpers. Casey Hart ripped 2 shots into the net and dished out an assist. Bobby Parker and Ryan LoVetere each scored and Matthew Voiland had an assist for the Bobcats.
Kyle Denker stopped 10 shots in net. The Bobcats defensive unit continues to frustrate opposing offenses, with Julian Lindo, Brian Egan, Eli Healy, Josh Atchison, Jonah McNaughton and Evan Bradstreet limiting other team's opportunities and creating several turnovers to help transition the team to the offensive side of the field.
Tyler Christianson scored his first of 2 goals just 38 seconds into the game, and Bacon Academy rolled to a 13-2 victory over visiting Montville on Tuesday, May 9th. The Bobcats Tony Tyler, Chris Consiglio and Christianson each recorded 2 goals and an assist in the games 1st half. Bobby Parker fired a ball into the net with 3 minutes left in the 2nd quarter to enter half time with Bacon leading 7-1.
The Indians limited the Bobcats in the third as Casey Hart assisted Ethan Cuadro for the quarters only goal. The pair of Freshmen struck again early and often in the fourth frame as Hart scored 3 consecutive goals with Cuadro dishing out the assists. Connor Elmy scored 2 goals in the games final 5 minutes to give Bacon the 13-2 win. Dylan Heald added 2 more assists to his team leading total and Goalie Kyle Denker made 14 saves.
The Bobcats welcomed RHAM to Bacon Academy on Wednesday, May 3rd and the team edged the Sachems 13-11. Casey Hart's second goal with just 2:46 remaining proved to be the game winner.
Noah Mocksfield scored 4 consecutive goals to start the game for BA, but RHAM responded with 4 straight goals of their own in the 2nd quarter to tie the game at 4 apiece. Bacon came out of half-time on fire, ripping 5 shots by the RHAM goalie on way to a 9-4 lead early in the 3rd frame. RHAM fought back again with 5 unanswered goals to knot the game up at 9-9. Dylan Heald's second goal put the Bobcats ahead 11-9 with 8 minutes to go. 2 goals in just 33 seconds by RHAM tied it again at 11-11 with 5:52 remaining. Ethan Cuadro's 3rd goal of the game closed out the scoring resulting in the 13-11 final.
Along with Mocksfield, Hart, Heald and Cuadro; Tyler Christianson and Connor Elmy also hit the back of the net for Bacon. Bobby Parker and Chris Consiglio each dished out 2 assists and Ryan LoVetere added a helper. Dylan Depersia led RHAM with 6 goals.
Long Stick Middies Julian Lindo, Josh Atchison, Evan Bradstreet and Sean Newton teamed up with defenders Brian Egan, Eli Healy and Jonah McNaughton to disrupt the RHAM offense. Goalie Kyle Denker recorded 13 saves for the Bobcats.
Bacon's record improved to 8-1 after the victory. The team is off to their best start in BA Lacrosse history.