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Pats run away with 18-5 win over Titans

Posted 5/18/22

By ALEX SPONSELLER

The undefeated Pilgrim boys lacrosse team maintained its position atop the Division III standings as it rolled to a 18-5 win over rival Toll Gate last week.

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Pats run away with 18-5 win over Titans

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By ALEX SPONSELLER


The undefeated Pilgrim boys lacrosse team maintained its position atop the Division III standings as it rolled to a 18-5 win over rival Toll Gate last week.

The Titans struck first in the opening minutes and the score was tied 3-3 deep into the second quarter. However, Pilgrim would adapt and roll the rest of the way to keep its perfect record intact.

“Toll Gate came out very strong and it was back-and-forth until midway through the second quarter. We had to make some adjustments early, and from there we just had to control their offense and settle in,” said Pilgrim coach Alex Gregson.

Braxton Bragg had a monster performance for the Pats, leading the way with a game-high 10 goals. Ethan Pezzullo added four goals while Ryan Barlow recorded a hat trick. Charlie Clements also scored a goal in the victory. Connor Widmer and Connor Williams each chipped in three assists while goalie Jacob Brennan made seven saves in the cage.

Toll Gate was led by Nate O’Keefe with a pair of goals while Sean Mullaney, Jacob Pickering and Cooper Grossguth all added one each.

The Pats have boasted the state’s best offense to this point, much thanks to its two-headed monster up front.

“We have a lot of talent. Ethan Pezzullo is one of the best shooters that I have ever seen, his placement and form is amazing. Then Braxton Bragg is probably the hardest shooter that I’ve ever seen. His shots are just so faster I don’t think other goalies can keep up with it,” said Gregson, who has also been pleased with guys like Clements, Barlow and others. “Our guys are also running the plays and are always on the same page. All six guys know where they are supposed to be and what to do with the ball, they are getting it done. “

As the Pats get set for the home stretch of the regular season, Gregson hopes his guys stay the course and keep their foot on the gas.

“It’s going to take more of the same. Running the plays, belief in each other, and making the next play. That’s all you have to worry about, just making the next play. Not worrying about the next game, not worrying about the playoffs, staying in the moment,” Gregson said.

Gregson also hit a nice milestone recently, picking up his 50th win as a head coach in seven seasons combined between Vets and Pilgrim,

“It was amazing, I wasn’t really thinking about it too much, I lost track, so I was surprised. After every game we gave a game ball out and I was looking for it, but the kids already had it and gave it to me for my 50th win. It’s been fun, and I have loved every team that I’ve ever coach, but this team is special,” said Gregson.

The Pats went on to beat Cranston West 11-5 on Monday. Bragg and Barlow finished with four goals each while Pezzullo added two and Tyler Fuller one. Brady Burke and Clements each picked up assists while Brennan recorded 10 saves.

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