BOSTON – It became clear that in order for Hingham to win the Division 2 state title they would have to do one thing: stop the Treiber brothers.
Matthew Treiber, a sophomore, scored four goals and assisted on three more while his older brother, All-American goalkeeper Robert, turned aside a dozen shots to pilot the Warriors to a 13-6 win over the Harbormen at Nickerson Field.
Matthew Treiber, who was making his first start since returning from injury, scored the eventual game-winning goal in the second quarter and two in the fourth quarter to ice it.
“Matt came to on Thursday and said 'how can I get my job back', and I said work hard the next two practices and we'll see what happens,” Medfield coach John Isaf said. “He worked his butt off the next two practices. It was time to see what he could do out there and he delivered.”
Treiber had a point in all four quarters.
“I rehabbed as hard as I could to get back,” Matthew Treiber said. “I'm so thankful I got back because it's a dream come true to play with my brother in the state championship [game] let alone win it. That's all I wanted to do.”
In a rematch of last year's classic Eastern Mass. Final the teams picked up where they left off early on. Goal by Medfield's Matt Crowell and Hingham's Matt Giarrusso had the game tied midway through the first at one. After that the Warriors took over scoring the next five goals and never looking back.
John Maclean and Tyler Hagan each scored the first of their three goals during the early run.
“Experience has a lot to do with it; depth has a lot to do with it,” Isaf said. “I think we were the healthiest we've been all season for the playoff run. When you have a team as deep and talented as we are if you're healthy you got a really good chance to make a run.”
Brian Bissell gave Medfield all the control it would need. The senior faceoff man won 18 of the game's 19 faceoffs and played a big role in Medfield winning the ground ball battle 28-11.
Bissell's control at the X, combined with an imposing defensive presence and control of the ground, made for smooth sailing for much of the game for the Warriors.
“Credit to my whole defense,” Robert Treiber said. “[Ben] Ruzzo, [James] Ganem, MacLean, and [Blake] Frasca did a good of letting me see the ball all day, driving guys down the alley. Bissell did a great job getting the faceoffs, getting the pressure off the D. All the credit to them. They make my job look good; they make my job easy.”
Hingham made it close in the third quarter, closing the gap down to four, but a four-goal fourth quarter by Medfield squashed the comeback.
Hingham's Jacob Brodie led the offensive attack for the Harbormen with a pair of goals. Seniors Matt Rosso, Matt Giarrusso, Jackson Ullrich, and Patrick Burke each had goals in their final high school game.
“They got great offense, great weapons,” Robert Treiber said. “We just tried to take it one step of the time. Defense did a great job. Couldn't ask for anything else.”
For Medfield's seniors, who lost to Longmeadow in last year's final, the win capped a journey that started a decade ago.
“We came out with one purpose and played 100 percent; I couldn't be more proud of this group of guys,” Hagan said. “I've been with most of these guys for 10-plus years. It's unreal to go out on top.”