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Report: Aronson out as Medfield lax coach

March, 2, 2012
A Boston Herald report this morning states that the contract of Medfield High boys' lacrosse head coach Bob Aronson has not been renewed by the school.

The story by Bruce Lerch confirms rumors which have persisted during the winter months surrounding the parting of ways between the sides. According to the report, Aronson was told his contract would not be renewed after the school was informed by the MIAA of a potential violation of MIAA rule 40, which governs out-of-season contact between coaches and players.

A group comprised of former players and parents plans to protest Aronson's dismissal at the Medfield School Committee meeting on Monday.

Aronson has been the head coach at Medfield since the program's inception in 2000 and won five state championships, making six appearances.

The Warriors have a 222-47 record during Aronson's tenure while producing 13 All-Americans. The Warriors won their second straight MIAA Division 2 state championship last season.

Medfield repeats as D2 state champions

June, 18, 2011
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Medfield had its hands full with Algonquin for three quarters, but it was in the fourth where the defending Division 2 boys' lacrosse state champions turned back into reigning state champions.

The Warriors broke open what was a one-goal game by scoring four straight times in the opening 3:11 of the final frame to surge past the Tomahawks and take a 13-9 decision in the Div. 2 title game at Foley Stadium Friday night.

“I don't think we thought it was going to be as close of a game as it was,” said senior goalie Sam Aronson. “All the credit to them. They came out and played hard. They gave us one of the best battles of these playoffs, and we've had some pretty big battles. I'm proud of the mental toughness we all showed. We never gave up. We just kept fighting the whole game until the fourth quarter was ours.”

Algonquin (20-5) seemingly grabbed the momentum, capitalizing on a Medfield penalty with a big goal by Davis Kraft (hat trick) in a man-up situation with just 22 seconds remaining in the third.

Instead, the current chose to ride with the Warriors (18-7), who rallied behind faceoff specialist Clay Richard (12-for-13 on faceoffs in the second half) for quick goals by Chris Diana, Connor Roddy (twice) and Matt Crowell. That spurt turned a 9-8 affair into what proved to be an insurmountable 13-8 Medfield advantage with 8:49 left to play.

“We were in the hunt. We were in there in the third quarter,” said Algonquin coach Rich Luongo. “I think the difference was their faceoff guy took control of the game in the second half.”

The Warriors junior FOGO finished with 19 faceoff wins in 25 attempts but deflected a lot of the credit to his teammates.

“I do as good as my team, it's a collaborative effort,” Richard said. “I know I got a lot of help from Ben Mastrogiovanni on the sidelines, calling out where their defense was, where I should put it to best help my team. We've been saying all year that we need to make runs and we made a run and pulled away and that's what made the difference.”

Medfield pulled out to a quick 2-0 lead on goals by Peter Gill and Roddy, but received a quick wakeup call as Algonquin stormed back with three straight, one by Ian Kemper and a pair from Kraft, to take a 3-2 lead.

The two teams traded goals to open the second before Medfield went on it’s first run, getting consecutive goals from Andrew Melvin, Peter Gill and David Parsons (hat trick) to pull ahead, 6-4. Junior Connor Healey (two goals, two assists) got one back for the Tomahawks before halftime, and Zack Tarallo tied it at 9:52 of the third.

After another Richard faceoff win, Roddy spotted freshman Robert Treiber flashing toward the middle and hit him with a perfect pass for an easy look, but Algonquin responded again as Tarallo ripped a sidewinder into the back of the cage for his third goal just under two minutes later. Parsons and Melvin put Medfield back up by two before Kraft’s extra-man tally at the end of the quarter.

The final stanza, however, would belong to Medfield, who was bred for the moment thanks to a combination of having been there before and a brutal regular season schedule that featured some of Massachusetts’ elite lacrosse programs.

“One of the things that we told the kids coming in, looking at our run through the tournament and theirs, I think we had a pretty tough draw on our side of the bracket,” Medfield coach Bob Aronson said. “But even so, we came out unscathed. Everybody's healthy, everybody's eligible and everybody's playing.”

“And we knew they had three overtime games to get here so they're tired and a little beat up,” he continued. “We figured if we could stay ahead of them or hang with them for three quarters that we'd own the fourth quarter and that's pretty much what happened.”

Medfield repeats as D2 EMass champions

June, 14, 2011

ALLSTON, Mass. -- The Medfield Warriors defended their Eastern Massachusetts Division 2 championship on Tuesday night as they defeated the Concord-Carlisle Patriots (20-2) 11-5 at Harvard Stadium.

The Warriors returned to Harvard Stadium this year under different circumstances from years past. They drew a No. 9 seed in the Eastern Massachusetts D2 bracket with a 13-7 regular season record. After losing four of five games at the end of May, including an 11-10 double-overtime heartbreaker to Hopkinton, the Warriors have now won five straight. During their five game run they now boast wins over the two top ranked teams in Division 2 in No. 1 seed Wellesley and No. 2 seed Concord-Carlisle.

“If you were to tell me after the Hopkinton game, our first TVL [Tri-Valley League] loss, that we would be here right now I don’t know would I would have said,” said Medfield senior goalie Sam Aronson. “I would have definitely said no, but I am proud of how everyone stepped up, everyone on our team.”

Aronson and the Medfield defense dominated the ground balls and loose ball opportunities throughout the game forcing turnovers that lead to transition opportunities for the offense.

The Medfield offense was sparked out of the gate by the play of junior attack Connor Roddy (2G, 4A). Following the game’s first goal by Concord-Carlisle’s Matt Carroll (2G) with 4:13 remaining in the first quarter, Roddy would figure in four of Medfield’s next five consecutive goals giving the Warriors a 5-1 lead midway through the second quarter.

“It started off 1-0 but we bounced back with five quick goals,” said Roddy. “We thought we had it in the bag but they came back.”

Concord-Carlisle would answer with a run of their own in the second, netting three goals before the break and cutting the Medfield lead to 5-4 at the half. Carroll scored his second to lead the Patriots run followed by tallies from juniors Mike O’Brien and Jackson Finigan (1G,1A).

“Concord-Carlisle is a great team and is well coached,” Medfield head coach Bob Aronson said. “They had only one loss this season to a great Wellesley team.”

Medfield came out in the second half, locked down on defense and rode strong offensive halves from freshman Matthew Crowell (2G,1A) and junior Chris Diana (2G,1A) to score six goals and extend the lead.

Concord-Carlisle’s lone second half goal came from senior Seth Bird, who was playing in his first game since breaking his collarbone, an injury which had kept him out for the majority of the second half of the season.

“We have just started to come alive the past couple of weeks,” Bob Aronson said. “We have had some tough losses along the way but we learned from them and the kids have built confidence and improved over the season.”

Medfield will face Algonquin (20-4) on Friday in Worcester for the Division 2 state championship. Central Massachusetts champion Alongonquin defeated Western Massachusetts champion Longmeadow 9-8 in overtime on Tuesday.

Notes: Concord-Carlisle was also honored at halftime with the 2011 MIAA Division 2 sportsmanship award. Senior defenseman Michael Anastos (Denison University) was also honored as a 2011 US Lacrosse All-American.

Medfield cruises its way back to D2 EMass Final

June, 10, 2011
FOXBORO, Mass. –- Once again, the Medfield High boys’ lacrosse team showed why being the No. 9 seed in the Division 2 East Tournament is one of life's great mysteries.

After beating top-seeded Wellesley, 7-5, in the quarterfinals, defending state champion Medfield made short work of No. 4 Foxborough on Friday by cruising –- and that’s the operative verb –- to an 11-5 victory in a semifinal game.

“I don’t have a problem with the seeding formula or our seed,” Medfield head coach Bob Aronson said. “We had a bunch of losses (Medfield’s now 15-7). Many teams had better records overall than we did. Some of the teams we beat didn’t make the tournament which they typically do.

“You could say there are some flaws in it but I’m not dissatisfied. But in the end, the best team will be standing. If that’s us, then maybe we had a tough road to get there. We did what we had to do."

What Medfield did in this game was torch a Foxborough team that held two of its previous tournament opponents to a grand total of one goal. And it also made life miserable for goalie Greg Stamatov (10 saves), who was voted the Hockomock League’s MVP.

As a result, Medfield advanced to the division finals where it will play No. 2 Concord-Carlisle, at 5:30 p.m. on June 14 at Harvard Stadium.

Medfield’s offense was led by David Parsons (three goals), Connor Roddy (one goal, two assists) and Chris Diana (two goals). But as Foxboro coach Matt Noone emphasized, the play of Medfield goalie Sam Aronson (14 saves) and the team’s overall defense was key to the outcome.

“From the tape, it was shoot low, shoot low, shoot low,” Noone said of Foxboro’s strategy against Sam Aronson. “They’re very effective on their defense. Their goalie is very good and that was the difference today.

“They possessed the ball. They played better defense and their goalie was outstanding.”

Coach Aronson didn’t hesitate when discussing the effectiveness of his defense.

“Cam Donnelly, our long-stick middie, had a great game,” he said. “I thought Garrett Read had a tough matchup with a big, strong guy (attack Connor Whalen) and I think he did a nice job on him. He had one assist in the whole game.”

One could make a case that the “whole game” boiled down to the first quarter –- the first 7-1/2 minutes, to be precise.

Medfield bolted to a 3-0 lead during that span on goals by Matt Crowell, Roddy and Diana.

And if Foxboro (19-4) didn’t score on a shot off the stick of Jake Hyland with a nano-second left in the first quarter, Medfield would have led 6-0 at halftime.

“We did have a good lead,” coach Aronson said. “They’re a good team. They’re good in transition. Their goalie’s good and we certainly couldn’t stop at that. We had to keep pressing.

“We gave up an easy one toward the end of the first period. It was our fault. The goal counted and it should have counted. We just stopped playing with three or four second to go, and they took advantage of that. That’s a mental mistake we need to clean up.”

Medfield definitely “cleaned up” any mental mistakes in the fourth quarter which began with it leading 7-3.

After Medfield’s Peter Gill (during a man-advantage situation) and Hyland traded goals, the visitors really broke it open on an unassisted goal by Andrew Melvin and a superb goal by Diana with 4:51 left on the clock.

Diana, a junior middie, stole the ball, raced in on Stamatov and scored for a 10-5 lead.

Despite the loss, Noone readily noted his program has come a long way in a short period of time.

“This team made history this year,” Noone said. “We made it to the semifinals (for the first time) and the program’s barely nine years old. I told them what they’ve done for this town, what they’ve done for the youth program … they gave us something to believe in.

“They gave us something to be proud of. I can’t tell you how many kids are very happy that they live in this town and that they’re going to play lacrosse on the Foxboro Warrior lacrosse team. It’s a sad day to see it end. But what a ride it was.”

A ride that, unfortunately for Foxborough, will continue for Medfield.

Medfield ends Wellesley's season, again

June, 7, 2011

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- In every season since 2006, Wellesley boys’ lacrosse’s season has ended in a defeat to Medfield in the Division 2 Eastern tournament.

The rivalry has developed into one of the state’s best and it simply wouldn’t be June without the squads going head-to-head.

The Raiders entered this year’s installment with home-field advantage and the No. 1 seed in the tournament after an undefeated regular season. However, none of that prevented the Warriors from once again putting a close to Wellesley’s season with a 7-5 win in Tuesday’s quarterfinal.

“As hard as it is to say, I love playing Medfield in June,” Raiders head coach Rock Batty said. “We did everything we could to give ourselves a leg up and a home game. I still love playing them. I’d play them every June if we can.”

Things started off well for Wellesley (17-1) which carried a 3-2 lead into halftime thanks to six huge saves from goalkeeper Connor Darcey (13 saves) in the second quarter.

The Raiders added to their lead scoring the lone goal of the third quarter with Peter Crane notching his first of two tallies.

But Medfield (14-7) returned a new team in the fourth when it scored four straight goals within three minutes to start the quarter.

“It was as much about us executing as it was stopping them,” Warriors head coach Bob Aronson said, describing his team’s fourth-quarter transformation.

Possession was also critical as Medfield just about carried play exclusively.

Warriors attack Connor Roddy tallied two goals in 31 seconds to tie the game, 4-4, with 10:35 remaining. Medfield then kept up the offensive onslaught with midfielder Clay Richard winning five straight face offs. Richard helped to set up Peter Gill’s goal with 9:39 to play, giving Medfield its first lead of the game at 5-4 with an assist from Andrew Melvin.

Calvin Given then converted a Wellesley turnover at midfield into his first goal of the game with 8:21 remaining.

It would stand up to become Given’s second straight game-winning goal in the tournament after he lifted the Warriors to a win over Walpole with 12 seconds remaining in the teams’ first-round game.

“He’s an underrated player, he’s a smart player,” Aronson said of Given. “It doesn’t always look like he’s the most skilled player out there or has the hardest shot. But he seems to get it done what needs to get done.”

The Raiders responded to get back within one with Crane’s second tally of the game, but Given came right back and pushed the lead to two off the dodge with 4:34 to play.

“When we gave them transition and we couldn’t clear the ball, they beat us,” Batty said. “I give them the credit; they’re a state champion who knows how to do it.”

From there, the Warriors’ defense stood tall with goalie Sam Aronson (9 saves) providing the backbone.

“I’m going to miss this team,” Batty said after exchanging hugs with a group of Wellesley seniors.

Medfield, the No. 9 seed, advances to play at fourth-seeded Foxborough Friday at 5 p.m.

No. 14 Medfield downs rival No. 9 D-S

April, 29, 2011

MEDFIELD, Mass. -- Medfield halted all talks about the passing of the torch in the Tri-Valley League, after an 8-5 victory over rival Dover-Sherborn on Friday night at Calvin George Fisher Memorial Field.

Sam Aronson made 15 saves and the Warriors (6-3) stifling defense held the Raiders to one goal in the final 24 minutes of action to keep its 10-year gridlock in the TVL alive and well for at least another game.

“We just stepped up the energy,” Medfield head coach Bob Aronson said. “This is the first real full game that we’ve played. We’ve had some struggles. We have a younger team with some inexperienced players, but they really stepped up.”

The Raiders (9-2) were the aggressors in the early moments of the first quarter and it showed on the scoreboard as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Chris Flight struck first, and the ball movement that has been pivotal to the success of the Raiders was on display when Jared Spence (two goals) finished off a pretty series of passes with P.J. Copponi and Ben Newbert at 7:56 of the opening quarter.

Connor Roddy (hat-trick) scored 30 seconds later to get the Warriors on the board, and Peter Gill went right through the teeth of the defense to tie things up at 2 with 1:57 left to go in the quarter.

The Warriors were able to slowly turn their defensive pressure into transition goals on the other end, and a little luck of the bounce never hurt anyone.

Calvin Given scooped up a loose ball and pocketed it for the 3-2 lead at 11:26 of the second, and Roddy got his second off a scrambled play a minute later. Sam Aronson made a save and immediately heaved the ball down the middle of the field. The ball went over the stick of the intended receiver, but luckily it bounced right to David Parsons, who found Roddy all by himself behind the defense.

“Those were great, not only for this game, but for our team and our confidence,” Bob Aronson said of the opportunistic goals. “Those are the little things that we haven’t been doing. To be able to convert those gives them the trust in their teammates.”

The teams traded goals until halftime, but the Raiders would not find the back of the net again for over 16 minutes of play.

“They were pressing out, maybe we weren’t swinging it around as much as we usually do,” said Raiders head coach Brian McLaughlin. “They did a nice job defensively pressing out on us. We were getting a step on a guy, but I don’t think we were moving off ball as well as we should have been.”