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EAST GREENWICH – The Avenger’s boys lacrosse team is right in the thick of a tough and wild Division II hunt but need a bit of a resurgence after falling in their last two games. East Greenwich was very recently undefeated before this last rain-soaked weekend, but they have since found themselves dropping two in a row, an unfamiliar spot to say the least.

On Tuesday, EG lost to Prout at home 8-7, despite a bit of an attempted comeback and a higher second-half total. Prout led 5-3 at halftime, and while EG outscored them by a goal in the second they were just that much short by the final whistle. Zach Bell, who leads Prout and is high in the league-wide rankings with 42 goals on the year, scored three for the Crusaders.

Senior attacker David Norton, EG’s season-leading goal-scorer with 24 on the season had five points against Prout, distributing to numerous teammates with four assists.  Junior attack Spencer Hallagan led with two scores, while five others each had one.  On the other end, senior Levon Dakessian stopped 15 in goal for EG.

On last Friday night under the lights in Portsmouth, EG fell big to the high-scoring Patriots, 15-7.  Portsmouth had a five-goal scorer and another player with five assists.  Norton led EG with four goals. Senior midfielder Robert Ayers, freshman middie Curtis Browne, and freshman attack Matt McKenzie each added one, spreading EG’s attack out s bit from their normal few-man show.

The Patriots are currently still undefeated at 7-0, but with the imbalance of postponements, South Kingstown is in there at 9-1 with Middletown at 8-2. Portsmouth beat SK 19-11 in their head-to-head, and they seem to be as sharp as their record indicates. Prout and Coventry are 8-3. So, EG’s 5-2 record puts them in third place with losses but with a few games left to add to their line.

Ponaganset and Mt. Hope are both 6-4. The Avengers will have the chances to personally earn their own space in the race going forward.

EG takes on Rogers (1-8) on Friday, May 10 at 3:30 p.m.  They then face Mt. Hope at Guiteras Field in Bristol on Monday, May 13. After a game against winless Smithfield (0-9) at home, they take on SK on the road at Curtis Corner Middle School then have a makeup scheduled against Ponaganset.

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