No. 1 Duxbury storms back with 2nd-half flash

BILLERICA, Mass. -- Following a first half in which his team fell behind to Billerica, Duxbury boys’ lacrosse head coach Chris Sweet thought something was lacking. He even likened the Dragons’ first-half play to a certain Boston baseball team that has stumbled out of the gates.

“That first half was really frustrating,” Sweet said. “There was something missing, something wasn’t clicking, kind of like the Red Sox right now. You know any game at any second something could turn it around.”

That certain something came in a multitude of forms in the second half of Thursday’s matchup as No. 1 Duxbury picked up the slack on the offensive end, heightened their physical play and won just about every faceoff there was to be had.

In culmination, the Dragons’ improved play bore itself out on scoreboard, as they tallied the last six goals of the game to earn a 12-9 comeback win over the Indians.

“It was really about effort. I think we’re a good team, but sometimes I think good teams forget what go them there and that’s good old fashioned hard work. You have to work real hard against Billerica and in the second half we did a much better job of that.”

Duxbury (3-1) took the victory with a balanced offense with Bryan Barry, Andrew Buron, Kane Haffey, Paul Hellar and Chris Williams netting two goals each. Will Seifert and Sam Sweet also tallied goals.

Although the Dragons took a 1-0 lead midway through the first quarter, the No. 5 Indians controlled play for the majority of rest of the first half. Billerica went into halftime leading 5-4, thanks to two goals in the final minute from Nick Morello (his second) and Peter Walters (also his second of the half).

The Dragons emerged a new team in the second half due in no small part to their faceoff success, winning 10 of 13 draws.

“We just couldn’t get the ball and if you don’t have an offense, you can’t score,” Billerica head coach Craig Flynn said. “You can only keep a team like down for so long. You have to get the ball on the offensive side of the field.”

Duxbury clawed back in the third quarter with a pair of strikes from Buron, drawing the Dragons back within two.

Ben Melaugh netted his second of the game to give the Indians (2-2) a 9-6 lead with nine seconds remaining in the third quarter.

The fourth belonged to Duxbury, which tied the score at nine all on Barry’s second of the match with 6:42 to play.

Williams then notched the go-ahead goal with 5:06 to play, tallying his second score of the game with a dodge before letting one rip from 10 yards out. Hellar and Haffey each added their second goals of the game to round out scoring.

“Hopefully, this is something we can build on for the season,” Sweet said.