SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Last week Prout took on South Kingstown in the highly anticipated civil war matchup in the second round of the 2019 Boys Varsity Lacrosse playoffs. After a 10-7 win in the first round against the sixth seed Coventry Oakers, Prout set their sights on South County rival South Kingstown.
Ranked the second best team in the tournament, the Rebels proved to be everything they were thought to be, and more. With a roster that included four of the league’s top scorers in Michael Boynton, Matt Boynton, Max Willette, and Connor Horiagon, the Crusaders were set to play one of the league’s best. With a final score of 11-3, fans who weren’t in attendance may think this game wasn’t close, but Prout fought tirelessly until time expired on what was deemed a successful season by head coach John Hooper.
“They’ve played hard every time they’ve lined up and they’ve overachieved. I couldn’t be prouder of Prout Lacrosse right now,” Hooper said.
The Rebel attack was hot early in the first half of the game racking up six unanswered goals. After the half the Crusaders seemed to come out flying taking possession of the ball and setting up the offensive zone in hopes to isolate their scorers. That seemed to work in terms of taking better quality shots on goal, but the difference maker in this game was the Rebel defense.
“Their coach [Tom Cauchon] said In the newspaper the week before, people know they have a good offense but they didn’t realize they had a great defense,” said Hooper. “He was certainly right about that. And that was the difference.”
Rebel goaltender Curtis Rasmussen stood on his head and kept the third seed Crusaders to only three goals. Zach Bell was Prout’s most dangerous weapon all season, having scored 58 goals, the sixth-highest individual mark in the state. On Thursday, he scored only once.
“The score at the end of the first half was 6-0, and it would’ve been a lot closer if it hadn’t been for the South Kingstown defense,” said Hooper. “They didn’t let our kids get close enough to the goal to get a good shot, and their goalie was so good.”
In Hooper’s first year as head coach, the Crusaders won 11 regular season games and qualified for the semifinals. In addition to Bell’s high-scoring season, the Crusaders featured Jake Moniz (40 goals, 42 assists), Colin Bois (24 goals, 21 assists), and Wells Masterson (11 goals, 14 assists).
Prout is expected to graduate seven seniors, but should return two of their top three scorers.