BRAINTREE, Mass. -- The Archbishop Williams boys’ lacrosse team has brown bagged it to an undefeated record through the first half of the season.
So it was no surprise the Bishops put in a little overtime to extend their season-long unbeaten streak to 12 games in a 6-5 triple-overtime win over Catholic Central rival Austin Prep on Friday.
“We talk about coming to work and punching in,” Archies head coach Bob Joyce said. “Your lunch break is halftime and you punch back in for the third quarter.”
Senior attack Cam Dillon used some extra elbow grease not only to notch the game-winner, but also to tie the game for the Bishops late in the fourth quarter. While the Bishops’ offensive chances were few and far between in the first two overtime periods, Dillon wasted little time in the third. Just 19 seconds in, he swooped around the Cougars cage to deposit the game-winner.
“I made my fake to Nick Menzel on the wing, then I just went to the cage and scored.’ Dillon said.
Archies took a commanding 3-0 lead through the first, but AP (5-4) came back in the second with back-to-back goals, including Drew Landry’s first of two tallies. However, the Bishops struck back seconds after Landry’s strike, with Cam Joyce reestablishing a two-goal lead.
The Cougars’ comeback charge came in the second half and they went on to take a 5-4 lead on Landry’s second of the game, which came a man-down and with a nice dish from Will Kramer.
CHECKMATE FOR BISHOPS
Although they were held in check by the Cougars’ defense, the Bishops have thrived this season behind attacks Nick Menzel, Cam Joyce and Dillon.
“They work well together,” Bob Joyce said. “We’re usually able to score more than today, but hats off to Austin’s defense.”
According to Dillon, the trio’s success all comes down to communication – some of which is nonverbal. He set the game-winning goal in motion with a perfect fake, selling the outlet pass to Menzel while darting to the cage.
That’s all an effect of everyone knowing just what to do.
“We’re always there, and we always finish,” Dillon said.