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Explosive 2nd Qtr. lifts Duxbury over Medfield

5/13/2011

MEDFIELD, Mass. -- Usually when Duxbury's juggernaut boys lacrosse team gets going offensively, the scoring comes in flurries. Then there are the other times, when it's just straight up blitzkrieg.

Consider host Medfield to be victims of the latter tonight under their own lights at Fisher Field, as the No. 1 Green Dragons exploded for nine second-quarter goals to take a 10-1 halftime lead, and ultimately win out 15-5 to remain undefeated within the state.

Duxbury improved to 12-3 on the season, while the No. 9 Warriors fell to 11-5.

"That was great...yeah, that looked like the teams of the past," Duxbury head coach Chris Sweet said of the second quarter. "That was good. We've really, really been working hard at that in practice the last couple of weeks. I would like to have seen a little bit more of it in the second half, we kinda let up a little bit, but at the same time Medfield came out and played a little harder too."

But by then, the game might as well have already been well in hand. After an evenly-played first quarter, which included a slick top-shelf goal from Medfield junior attack Conor Roddy to knot it at one-all, the Dragons dominated possession in the second and worked the offensive zone patiently -- patiently, but cycling quickly, and snapping off rapid snipes and one-timers at the first sight of a seam.

The wave started just 59 seconds into the second stanza, when junior attack Paul Hellar (four goals, five assists) took a feed in transition from junior long-stick midfielder Reilly Natonn (goal, assist), drove the left flank and popped it underneath goalie Sam Aronson's armpit for a 2-1 advantage. Fourteen seconds later, the Dragons made it 3-1 when James Burke threw it to the left post, where Hellar immediately snapped it in front to Sam Sweet for an easy running one-timer.

Over the next two minutes and 59 seconds, the Dragons unloaded for four more goals to make it 7-1. Hellar made it 10-1 in the last minute of the quarter with a low snipe underneath Aronson's stick side.

"I think after those two fast break goals (to start the quarter), we got really fired up, really into it," Hellar said. "We started to play good, and we poured it on."

Said junior Will Siefert (four goals, assist), "We want to help our defense out, they're probably tired down there. So we want to pull the ball, possess it, but when there's that seam you've got to look for it. If someone's [uncovered] coming across the field, you've just got to hit him."

And not to be overlooked in all of that is indeed the defense. Led by seniors Peter Willauer and Matt O'Keefe, the Dragons gave the Warriors little wiggle room to work with in the first quarter, collapsing in front; disrupting and intercepting passing lanes,;and ultimately, getting their speedy attackers in space and in stride with crisp breakout passes.

Meanwhile, junior goalie Henry Buonagurio needed just five saves to pick up the win in the cage.

"We're trying to get the mind set that offense begins when our goalie makes a save or our defense gets a goal on the ground, then 10 guys are playing offense," Chris Sweet said. "You know, we get used to getting it down here and trying to go 6-on-6, and we start running the field like that, you can score a lot of goals real fast and in bunches. But, you know, it takes a certain skill set to do it, too."