BOSTON – BC High scored the final six goals to blow the doors open on their Division 1 South first round game and cruise past Framingham, 11-4. The win earns the Eagles a date Sunday with Catholic Conference rival and defending state champion Xaverian.
The Eagles were led by A.J. Kucinski and Sam Friedman who each had three goals and an assist. BC High had five total goal scorers.
“At the beginning of the year, we had trouble getting into our offense, working the ball around,” Friedman said. “Now, we're moving the ball, flying it around. Everyone's getting shots. It's great to have the confidence to pass to whoever and know they're going to put it in the net.”
Joe Quinn had a pair of goals and an assist for BC High. Mark McGoldrick, Pat Cronin, and Ryan Dowd also scored for the Eagles.
Framingham's Jake Cotton scored the opening goal of the game, but the Eagles responded with a vengeance. BC High scored four straight goals before the quarter was out, including a pair from Friedman.
The second quarter was scoreless, but the Eagles outshot the Flyers 8-4. Framingham hampered themselves throughout with unforced errors. The Flyers turned the ball over 20 times and over half of them were errant passes or shots with no backup behind the cage.
“When you dig yourself a hole it means that your kids have to take extra chances,” Framingham coach Ed Moy said. “When that happens you're either going to connect or we're going to have turnovers. The problem was we started off in a hole at the beginning of the game, and these guys are too good to climb back out of.”
The Flyers put together a solid third, outscoring BC 2-1. The Chin brothers, James and Brett, had the goals for Framingham. James Chin led the Flyers with two goals.
When the Eagles weren't capitalizing on Framingham turnovers, they were benefiting from the talents of Greg Gaillardetz. Gaillardetz dominated in faceoffs, winning 16 of the game's 19 draws.
BC High's wings did a solid job scooping ground balls. The Eagles were +10 in ground balls over the Flyers.
“That's huge because that's possession,” BC High coach Tim Kelly said. “Usually, the team who has the ball more wins. Greg was big as far as that went. It was also Oskar Djusburg, our long-stick middie, who scooped up a lot of ground balls. Jack Duffy did a nice job on the wing as well.”
BC High outshot Framingham 30-18. The Eagle defense marked Framingham's attack well and pressed them hard. Solid sliding throughout kept the Flyers from any layups inside. Eagle keeper John Carroll turned aside seven Framingham shots.
“He's always been a solid keeper,” Kelly said. “He didn't have to make any ridiculous saves to keep us in it, but when he has to make the big save a lot of times he will.”
BC High's game against Xaverian will be their third meeting of the year. Xaverian won the first two meetings 14-10 and 9-7.