The Littering Hippies lived up to the hype with a 5-3 title game victory over the resilient Magic Mustangs last night at Cash-Bagley Fields. With the victory, the Hippies became only the second high school HOTT Lax team in Blackhawks history to win the championship with an undefeated record.
The game was tied 2-2 at halftime and was close throughout, with defensive play providing most of the highlights. The Hippies’ formidable stable of long-pole defenders limited the ‘Stangs to only 6 shots on goal for the game, but at the other end, keeper Jared Harbaugh (Glenn HS) kept the Mustangs in the game with a record-setting 15 saves, many of which were truly spectacular. Ultimately, however, it was Spencer Stringfellow (SW Guilford) with 2 goals and an assist, and Ethan Mize (N Davidson) with two key assists that helped the Hippies prevail. Jack Dean (Oak Ridge Military), August Case (N Davidson), and Clay DeHart (N Davidson) each tallied a goal for the Hippies to round out the scoring. Dean also dominated the faceoff “x” to help the Hippies control possession. For the Mustangs, Talon Terry (SW Guilford), with two goals, and Matt Vernon (SW Guilford), with one, provided the offensive highlights.
Congratulations to coaches Sam Newland, Larry Nichols, and Andrew McLaughlin and the Littering Hippies for an outstanding run and the 2015 HS HOTT Lax title!