Saint Andrew’s defeated Benjamin 11-8 before an enthusiastic crowd in Palm Beach Gardens. The Scots led all the way in what was an aggressively played contest. With both teams missing key players due to injuries and academic conflicts, the expected high quality level of play did not disappoint. Both schools have the deep rosters needed later in the season.
Freshman Andrew Packer stood out at attack for Benjamin and sophomore Addison Lutes had a breakout game against a quality opponent. Grant Mahler took every face off for SA as the next three guys were all out but was dominant. Colby Kempe did not play as a result of a leg injury sustained on Monday and Sophomore Chris Erdman was knocked out with a late game concussion on what the ref said was a clean hit and no penalty was called.
The St. Andrew’s defense was able to neutralize Charlie Nicklaus to a great extent but Robert Jacobs stepped up and played very well. Although the outcome of the game was never really in doubt, Benjamin is an interesting and very talented team which could still surprise later in the year.
Conor Whipple led the Scots with five goals and Robert Jacobs had a pair of goals for Benjamin.