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Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Recap: No. 1 Duxbury 14, No. 5 Hingham 4

By Scott Barboza

DUXBURY, Mass. -- Take the matter of Duxbury lacrosse and you find a team that, while it may seem on the surface that things are in working order, can still find room for improvement.

Despite two losses, the No. 1 Dragons remain the hands down favorite in the Division 1 derby; their two losses on the season both came against nationally ranked New York powerhouses. Otherwise, there wasn’t much to complain about.

Still, head coach Chris Sweet couldn’t feel his team has played its best game.

That might have changed Tuesday on a rain-soaked turf field where the Dragons dispatched South Shore rival No. 5 Hingham, 14-4.

“It’s starting to come together, the chemistry,” Sweet said. “I’ve said all along that our fundamentals have not been good, just basic passing and catching, and it all starts there.”

The keyword of the day for the Dragons (11-2, 4-0) was balance. Seamus Connelly, John Gomer, Cam Mullins and Will (Siefert tallied two goals each, set in motion by another dominant performance by Henry Narlee on faceoffs (14-of-20).

THROWING THE HAMMER DOWN
Before the game go out of hand, Hingham (9-2) held the first lead of the game and looked poised for a fight with a 2-2 tie after the first quarter.

That’s when Duxbury started to separate, running to a 7-2 lead at half.

In the third quarter, the Dragons kept coming.

“It was good to see that there was no letdown,” Sweet said.

While the Dragons bucked their recent trend of letting teams hang around in the second half, Sweet had a simple explanation for their killer instinct.

“For our seniors, it was their last game against Hingham,” “That’s our big rival, so that’s motivation enough right there.”