Boston High School: Adam Horelick

Recap: No. 4 Wellesley 13, No. 6 Medfield 5

May, 4, 2012
MEDFIELD, Mass. -- No. 4 Wellesley lacrosse relied on its second-half transition, producing eight goals after the half en route to a 13-5 win over Division 2 rival Medfield.

While securing their 10th win of the season on Thursday, the Raiders defeated the Warriors for the second consecutive year in the regular season.

Senior Peter Crane, who paced the Raiders with four tallies, jump started Wellesley’s third-quarter attack with a strike at 9:11, which was followed up by an additional tally from senior netminder Connor Darcey.

“I think it was pretty much a team effort,” Crane said. “Connor makes a lot of saves, and right away he picks his head up, and we get a lot of guys to break open, even poles, and so they’ll break off to the midline and the other team usually won’t be ready for that, so they’ll get the ball. On a good fastbreak, we usually get a lot of fast breaks a game, and we were just executing them today and finishing.”

“[The transitions] were very key,” added Darcey. “In practice, all we work on is shot, save or loose ball, we get it out right away, so it’s just off a ground ball you move it and that’s basically what our team [exhibits].”

The Warriors earned their only lead of the contest at 8:43 in the first frame when senior David Parsons collected a pass from junior Matt Ruzzo before he whipped the ball past Darcey for the score.

The Raiders evened the score a minute later when senior Adam Horelick (2G) rifled a shot past senior goaltender Dougie Nelson on the man-up, which provided Wellesley with all the momentum for the remainder of the contest.

Senior Oliver Saffery (3G) sophomore John Caraviello and Crane each tallied one goal in the second quarter, which gave Wellesley a 5-3 lead at the break, which eventually blossomed into an eight-goal victory.

“Obviously, we didn’t play well,” Medfield coach Mike Douglas said. “A lot of unforced turnovers, [and] all the little things hurt us, [such as] ground balls, extra possessions, which led to extra goals, and didn’t execute on ‘man up,’ didn’t do a lot of things well.”

The teams combined for 13 penalties, which resulted in four man-up goals, and was indicative of the teams' recent history.

“They probably had more penalties than we did,” Douglas said. “It’s a rivalry game. They beat us during the regular season, we beat them in the tournament, I mean it’s a rivalry game, [and] it’s game that both teams get up for and that’s going to happen.”

Medfield and Wellesley tangled twice last season, once during the regular season and once in the tournament. The Warriors defeated the Raiders, 7-5 in the D2 Eastern Mass. quarterfinals, so this particular match had a certain meaning to Crane and Saffery.

“We all know that what counts is the playoffs, but it was nice to definitely get one under our belt against Medfield,” Crane said.

“This is always a big game for us, it’s always a benchmark game of the season,” Saffery added. “[Our senior class] hasn’t wont on this field in the four years since we’ve been on the team, so we really wanted to come out tonight, send a message. We worked hard, everyone felt like we played a big game, and [we were] emotionally up, and got the job done.”

Aside from penalties, both teams sustained key injuries in the physical bout.

Medfield’s Dougie Nelson endured a thumb injury late in the fourth quarter, and was replaced during the final minutes by sophomore Robert Treiber.

Meanwhile, Horelick sustained a concussion late in the second quarter after he notched his second strike of the contest.

“I’m very disappointed Adam Horelick took a shot to the head after he scores a goal,” Wellesley head coach Rocky Batty said. “That’s got to be taken out of the game. The referees need to take control, coaches need to make sure they don’t do that [going forward].”

It’s not too often that fans witness a team’s goaltender scoring a goal. Although, against Medfield’s midfield and defense, Darcey collected a pass following a dead ball at the midfield and then dodged his way through the Warriors' zone to net a goal at 7:13 in the third quarter.

“It was basically just off a dead ball, and I saw the attack crowd [around] the midfield line, so I just went up to midfield, caught it, other [defensemen] pushed out, basically the same thing like last year, they all pushed out during slide and I just let it go,” he said. “I’ve been shooting a lot in practice, so I was ready for it.”

Darcey, who has now recorded two goals against Medfield, explained that this particular strike wasn’t has exciting as the one he scored against the Warriors in Wellesley last season.

“[My last goal] was at home, so that was pretty exciting, and that was definitely a closer game. That was definitely more exciting, but when I score, I find it pretty exciting, it’s nice."

Recap: No. 2 Wellesley 10, No. 7 Needham 9 (OT)

April, 26, 2012

NEEDHAM, Mass. -- Wellesley attackman Peter Crane hadn't been doing much dodging at all during Wednesday's Bay State Conference rivalry showdown with Needham. But when the right moment came, the move was there and the shot was true.

Crane took a feed from teammate Adam Horelick, slipped past his man and buried the game-winner with 1:13 remaining in overtime as Wellesley completed an epic, fourth-quarter surge to upend the Rockets for a 10-9 victory at Memorial Park.

"We had the middie dodging down the alley and he moved it down to the attack who bumped it to me," explained Crane. "I just dodged my defender, got to five and five, and turned and shot. I saw it go five-hole and I was fortunate enough for it to go in."

That the game even required overtime is a story unto itself. The two teams battled back and forth throughout the first half, with goalies Lucas Davis (Needham) and Connor Darcey (Wellesley) standing out as the early stars. The Rockets took a 4-3 lead into the break courtesy of a man-up goal by Jamie McGill.

After a man-down goal by Crane set up by a beautiful end-to-end rush by Darcey, Needham exploded in the third with a 4-0 run. Mark Riley, Nico Panepinto (four assists), Alex Mirageas and McGill each scored to push the Rockets' advantage to 8-4.

Wellesley got one back as John Caraviello converted a feed from Horelick with 28 seconds left in the third, jumpstarting a 5-0 spurt that saw Nate Levin tie it and Horelick put the Raiders ahead for the first time since the first ten seconds of the second at 9-8.

Robbie Pisano completed his hat trick with 1:33 left in regulation to force the overtime, but Darcey (20 saves) made a pair of big stops with Needham dominating possession in the extra frame. Once Wellesley got it back, the ball found its way to Horelick and then Crane, who beat his man and snapped the game-winner.

"We drew that up, that's exactly how it's supposed to go," Horelick said of the final play. "Peter didn't have too many dodges this game and I think we all felt he could take his pole to the cage. I just gave it to him, I knew he was going to put it home. He went right past his man and it was a great goal."

The Rockets day started off with plenty of positives. Davis was terrific in the cage, stopping 17 shots in all. With the Raiders tough defense focused on defending standouts Riley and Panepinto, players like McGill and Pisano stepped up and combined for eight points.

"Our goaltending, I couldn't be more proud of Lucas Davis," praised Needham coach Dave Wainwright. "He played a great game, he's a fantastic boy, and its a pleasure and an honor to have him. I think he kept us in the game more than anyone on offense or defense did for him."

"We're definitely upset from the outcome," Wainwright continued. "We'll definitely learn from it but at some point we have to start executing better than we have."

The storied tradition of the football rivalry between the two towns needs no explanation as the longest-running public school clash in the nation.

The gridiron isn't the only place that tradition matters, however. Pick a sport in any season and at any time of the year and know that when Wellesley and Needham hook up, it matters.

"You grow up in Wellesley wanting to beat Needham in every sport you play," Crane said. "You play them from youth lacrosse on and every time its a big game. We weer really looking forward to this one and we were fortunate enough to get away with a win."

Raiders assistant coach Adam Pascal offered his passionate take on the tradition as well and the importance of the role the seniors play in each game.

"We told the kids this was a neighborhood game, you have to be the toughest kid on the block before you leave the neighborhood and Needham-Wellesley, this is one of the oldest rivalries there is," Pascal explained. "Down 8-4, Coach [Rocky Batty] and I just kind of looked at each other and said lets get some seniors on there. We put Adam Horelick down there. He's a senior, he's been playing for a couple of years, and that was the change in the game. Reed [Westerman] goes to defense, throws a big assist down there throwing the ball to another senior Peter Crane. And the last one was even Horelick spinning the ball to Crane.

Pascal continued, "We just needed to get some kids who played in big games before, know what it feels like to want to win the game, have some idea what it feels like to actually win the game and they just did it. Finally the kids just came together. That was the best performance...I think Connor Darcey played great, Ryan Cassidy, our whole defense. Offensively, that's great to see Peter get off there a bit and win the game and it feels great. They'll never forget it, Thanksgiving when they come back, they'll meet on that Wednesday and they'll be getting on Peter Crane for beating Needham."

BSC announces boys' lax all-stars

May, 26, 2011
The Bay State Conference announced its boys' lacrosse all-stars today, in addition to naming Wellesley goaltender and Penn State commit Conor Darcey as the league's MVP.

Here's the complete list:

First team:
Goaltender - Conor Darcey, Wellesley*
LSM Specialist - Ryan Cassidy, Wellesley*
LSM - Justin Lanzafane, Framingham
Defense - Nate Menninger, Newton North*
Defense - Jake Shearman, Newton North
Defense - Joe Manganaro, Natick
Defense - Jimmy Hughto, Wellesley*
Defense -Matt Ndden, Walpole*
Mid - Mike Stearns, Framingham*
Mid - Cam Brown, Natick*
Mid - Sam Lawrence, Wellesley*
Mid - Charlie Jennings, Wellesley*
Mid - Oliver Saffery, Wellesley
Mid - Mark Riley, Needham*
Mid - Davis Cutter, Needham
Mid - Eli Yannekis, Brookline*
Attack - Peter Crane, Wellesley
Attack - Kyle Guilbert, Walpole*
Attack - Brian Rossman, Norwood
Attack - Matt Hillman, Brookline*
Attack - Will Stenberg, Needham*
Attack - Nico Panepinto, Needham
*Denotes Eastern Mass All-Star

Second team:
Attack - Brendan Kelley, Milton
Attack - Conor Nugent, Framingham
Attack - Nick Foley, Walpole
Attack - Jason Lee, Brookline
Mid - Zack LaFavre, Weymouth
Mid - Ryan Quinn, Newton North
Defense - Matt Kustra, Natick
Defense - Kyle Skinner, Norwood
Defense - Mike Vespa, Needham
Defense - Josh Miller, Braintree
D Mid - Adam Horelick, Wellesley