By Tris Wykes

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – Gordon Willey, Joseph Barwood and Chris Pierce each scored three goals Wednesday during the Hartford High boys lacrosse team’s 12-1 rout of visiting BFA-Fairfax in a steady rain. Ezra Mock, Bentley Boonyaharn and Blaine Gour also tallied for the Hurricanes, who improved to 3-2 this season.

Hartford High boys lacrosse coach Grant Whiteway speaks to his team at halftime. Copyright Octopus Athletics. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to ctwykes@aol.com.

“In the second half we were better on the ground balls and that leads to more possessions,” said first-year Hartford coach Grant Whiteway. “It gave us more chances to put the ball in the net.

“We moved the ball pretty well and we were unselfish, which is good to see.”

Carter Nalette, Barwood, Willey, Mock and Gour had assists for the Hurricanes, who received 21 saves from Tarin Prior. BFA-Fairfax dropped to 2-2 and trailed 3-0 after a quarter and 5-0 at intermission. 

Whiteway said Willey, the son of the former Hartford High football star of the same name, knows he has the green light to shoot whenever he finds an open lane at a decent angle.

“We tell our guys that when they have their hands free and they’re within 12 yards, they can let it rip,” the coach said. “He’s making great reads and getting the ball out of his stick quick.”

Hartford High’s Bentley Boonyaharn (77) and Ozzy Defelice take down BFA-Fairfax’s Derrick Sloan. Copyright Octopus Athletics. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to ctwykes@aol.com.

The Hurricanes scored twice in four man-up chances but won just three of 16 faceoffs. The visitors held a 40-32 shot advantage. 

Hartford hosts St. Johnsbury on Tuesday. The Hurricanes dropped the Hilltoppers, 8-1, last weekend.

Notes: Hartford’s JV boys lacrosse game with visiting Randolph, scheduled to be played after Wednesday’s varsity contest, was postponed. The Galloping Ghosts do not field a varsity team… Whiteway said he believes Prior can play collegiate lacrosse if he continues to dedicate himself to the sport… Hartford played without injured midfielder Aidan Boonyaharn… Most Hurricanes players have decorated their helmet’s jaw guards with athletic tape bearing the initials “B.E.”. The gesture honors former Hartford coach Bill Elberty, who died on May 18, 2020… BFA-Fairfax, which uses the nickname “Bullets” for its athletic teams, is located in northwest Vermont and draws students from the towns of Fairfax, Fletcher, Georgia, Fairfield and Westford.

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Hartford High’s Joseph Barwood (4) dodges against BFA-Fairfax’s Bryce Fontaine (23). Copyright Octopus Athletics. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to ctwykes@aol.com.