HARVARD -- Bromfield ran into a physical Nashoba Valley Tech team Sunday afternoon at Depot field.
Viking midfielder Ben Hoenshell, of Groton, led all scorers with six goals and three assists. Bromfield senior attackman Corey Tower paced the Trojans with two goals and three assists.
"We couldn't find the goal when we needed to today," first-year Bromfield head coach Kevin Pezanowski said. "There was no fire today -- we were just too lackadaisical. We are still young with only two seniors. After that first line on offense we really drop off. They had a couple of kids who like to hold the ball, and we aren't a big physical team. We didn't have anyone who could keep up with (Hoenshell)."
Nashoba Tech hopped on the board two minutes in on a Hoenshell skip-shot from 15 yards out that kissed the underbelly of the crossbar to make it 1-0. Fifteen seconds later, the Trojans responded with a deep blast by Corey Tower from the left side.
The two teams struggled to find their groove in the middle stages of the first quarter, and Nashoba Tech broke the stalemate with 3:22 remaining in the first quarter.
A Bromfield turnover at midfield led to a Nashoba Tech goal by Ben Coppinger. Coppinger scooped up the groundball at the midfield and bulldozed into a sea of white jerseys before whipping the ball past the outstretched stick of Bromfield senior goalie Preston Wilkey to make it 2-1, Nashoba Tech.
Coppinger added another goal late in the first quarter to put the Vikings up 3-1 at the end of one. Bromfield answered back with a goal by Ross MacMahon from Tower. MacMahon blasted a low shot from 12 yards out to bring the Trojans back within one. Coppinger and Nick DeSalvo tallied goals before the end of the second quarter to extend Nashoba Tech's advantage to 5-2.
Bromfield continued to battle the more physical Nashoba Tech side. Viking goalie Jordan Gingras steered away 16 shots in the first half, but he could not stop Nick Evan's wicked blast from the left side that found the left pocket to make it 5-3 with 30 seconds left in the half.
That is where the score would stand as the rain started to fall at a steady clip. The wet weather played into the Nashoba Tech possession-based strategy and physicality.
The Vikings went on a 4-1 run to extend its lead to 9-4 late in the third quarter.
Nashoba Tech's Jason Tremblay converted on a dart from the left side that found the jet stream past Wilkey to make it 10-4 with 7:30 remaining in regulation. The Vikings took advantage of a Bromfield turnover in an unlikely way.
Gingras made a gutsy move and left the crease to intercept an errant Bromfield pass. Gingras made a couple of moves at the midfield before dishing the ball off to teammate Brandon Williams. Williams whipped a pass back to Gingras who beat Wilkey, to make it 11-4.
The Trojans scored a couple of late goals, but it was not able to stage a comeback. Bromfield drops to 1-6 on the season.
"Their keeper covers the goal really well," Pezanowski said. "In those types of situations it is really tough for us. We have to get quality shots. We were forced to take a lot of outside shots today, and that's not going to cut it against a quality keeper like that. It was a tough day all around for us."