Saturday, April 21, 2012
Recap: Foxborough 6, Sandwich 2
By Scott Barboza
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Foxborough boys’ lacrosse dug in against Sandwich in the second quarter. The Blue Knights closed to within in a goal, and headed into the third quarter, Sandwich held a man-up.
The Blue Knights continued to exhibit patience with the ball and had several clean looks at the cage in the opening minutes of the second half.
And there was Greg Stamatov.
The Warriors’ goaltender and Villanova signee swatted and scooped his way to five of his nine saves in the third quarter. On calmer seas, the Warriors settled in for the fourth and added to their lead, taking a 6-2 win over the Blue Knights at Gillette Stadium.
“He kept us in the game during that storm in the second quarter,” Foxborough head coach Matt Noone said of Stamatov, “and then we were able to get some separation a little bit in the fourth quarter, but what a game. My defense played well in front of him, too, but what can you say about Greg Stamatov? We’ll miss him when he’s gone.”
The Warriors’ victory was capped on the second goal of the day from attack Tyler Ames (2 G, A), but the offense was balanced. Seven Foxborough (6-2) players recorded points.
Foxborough defensive unit was also game behind poles Conor Lynch, Al Noonan and Luc Valenza.
OFFENSE COMING ALONG Of the players Foxborough lost to graduation, they were particularly hard hit on offense.
Ames is among the group that has tried to pick up the slack.
“Things have been really clicking lately,” the junior attack said. “We’ve tried some different things in practice and then brining those things onto the field. Coach has told us with all of those kids graduating from last year, we have to step up. There more we’ve gotten into this season, we’re trying to fill those shoes and get after it.”
Ames showed quick hands on a nice pass across the crease on Anthony Fertitta’s goal with 6:56 to play. He then capped the victory with a goal, flying through the air across the cage with under four minutes.