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NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ According to North Kingstown boys lacrosse coach Steve Alviti this season has gotten off to a â€śperplexingâ€ť start.
Not much became any clearer Monday as the Skippers dropped their third straight decision, a 17-10 loss to Barrington.
â€śI canâ€™t tell you,â€ť said a speechless Alviti following Mondayâ€™s contest. â€śThis is how weâ€™ve been playing.
â€śItâ€™s just bad decision making. When weâ€™re on the field we lose sight of things. We make some mistakes, let teamâ€™s get ahead of us and then we canâ€™t get out of the hole. Itâ€™s been the same way the past three games.â€ť
Despite the recent trend, things started out well enough for the Skippers.
North controlled the possession
battle for much of the first quarter and looked like a different team from the one who was easily defeated in their first two contest.
Goals from Colin Vincent, Kevin McDermott and John Mota opened up a 3-1 lead for North less than halfway through the quarter and nearly equaled the teamâ€™s season high in goals scored.
Goalkeeper Connor Cirillo made a number of saves to keep the score close but the Eagles found their stride and tied the game by the end of the first quarter.
As the second opened the Skippers that dominated the first quarter were nowhere to be found.
A natural hat trick from the Eaglesâ€™ Patrick Judge opened up a three-goal lead for Barrington and from there the visitors never looked back.
North showed some resolve and continued to battle, getting a hat trick of its own from Cam Fugere to keep the game as close as it could.
The Skippers cut the deficit to one late in the second but every time they mounted a charge Barrington responded as the Eagles scored with just three seconds left in the second for a 9-7 halftime lead.
â€śTheyâ€™re still playing,â€ť said Alviti of his teamâ€™s effort. â€śYou see them at the end of the game, theyâ€™re still playing. Itâ€™s just something happens that makes it go the other way and we canâ€™t recover.â€ť
The Skippers continued to fade as the second half opened and they could not keep up as the Barrington offense got stronger as the night went on.
A pair of goals each from Judge and Joseph Lombardi highlighted a five-goal fourth quarter that sealed the game for the Eagles.
Despite the seemingly lopsided loss, the Skippers did fare better than they had in their previous two contests against LaSalle and Moses Brown.
Save for their disappearance at the start of the second quarter, North matched the Eagles â€” who entered the week in second place in Division I â€” step for step.
â€śItâ€™s obvious we can play with any of these teams,â€ť Alviti said. â€śIf you take a half here and a half there and you put a couple of things together, we can be in any game. Itâ€™s just a matter of keep working at it.
â€śWe just tell the boys they just have to get a little better every game and thatâ€™s what they are working at and weâ€™ll be ready for the second half of the season, hopefully.â€ť
The Skippers will now look to take another small step forward as they close out their week with a Friday night, home game against Portsmouth at 7 p.m.