WEST ROXBURY, Mass. -- No. 3 Catholic Memorial fought off a spirited Medfield fourth-quarter comeback to hang on to a 10-9 victory in a Division 2 quarterfinal game on Tuesday night.
No. 7 Medfield (16-5) battled back from a three goal deficit, trailing 8-5, heading into the fourth quarter. Warriors senior attack Conor Roddy (4 goals) and sophomore midfielder Matthew Crowell (2G) scored two big goals each in the final quarter with Roddy scoring with 25 seconds remaining in the game to pull Medfield to within one at 10-9.
CM (19-3)would hold off one final Medfield shot at the buzzer to earn the hard-fought 10-9 victory.
“We knew going in that it was going to be a one or two goal game,” CM head coach Kevin Lynch said. “We run similar stuff to each other on offense and on defense. Both teams have great athletes and I knew it was going to come down to the end.”
CM led 3-2 after one quarter and 5-4 at the half but it would be the third quarter that proved to be the pivotal quarter for the Knights as they outscored Medfield 3-1 and dominated possessions.
The third quarter would prove to be one of the most physical quarters of the tournament to date as Medfield would be penalized four times and CM on three occasions. Late in the quarter CM played for one second with three men down before Medfield’s David Parsons would score a 6-on-4 man-up goal at the end of the quarter.
Face-offs: Medfield senior Clay Richard is one of the best at taking draws in New England but CM senior Antonio Zegarelli and the CM face-off group did a great job of battling for each possession.
“Our entire face-off unit of Chris Ryan, Aaron Marcel and Antonio Zegarelli really came together and worked very well tonight,” Lynch said. “They did a good job neutralizing a very good Medfield group. You could tell [Richard] had the face but we did a good job of making adjustments to get the ground ball.”
Know Your Role: CM midfielder Austin Bannister saved his best for last as the senior scored both of his goals in the final 6:04 of the game with the biggest coming with 32 seconds on the clock as he answered Crowell’s second goal of the fourth quarter to give CM a 10-8 lead .
“We knew we had to step our games up on both offense and defense tonight and we did,” Bannister said. “It was really a team effort all the way until the end tonight. The big thing this year is to just know your role. Everyone knows their role right now and everyone is just doing their job.”
Semi-Final Match-Up: CM will match-up against No. 2 seed Concord-Carlisle (19-0) in Concord on Friday in one D2 Eastern Massachusetts semifinal. Face-off time is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Concord-Carlisle.
C-C defeated No. 10 Foxborough 11-3 earlier on Tuesday evening. Senior midfielder Mike O’Brien led the Patriots offense with three goals as they displayed an aggressive offense and consistent team defense in their quarterfinal win.
“We know they have a very great defense with some very good offensive players,” Lynch said. “I think if we bring our overall game it will be a very good match-up. I think whoever wins the ground ball game will come out on top.”
Bannister echoed his coach’s thoughts, “We will be ready. We have 15 seniors on the team who are hungry and we have been together for awhile now. We have a Catholic Conference banner hanging in the gym and that was our first goal and now we want to get to Harvard.”