Boston High School: Conor Roddy

D2 boys' lax: Catholic Memorial 10, Medfield 9

June, 6, 2012
WEST ROXBURY, Mass. -- No. 3 Catholic Memorial fought off a spirited Medfield fourth-quarter comeback to hang on to a 10-9 victory in a Division 2 quarterfinal game on Tuesday night.

No. 7 Medfield (16-5) battled back from a three goal deficit, trailing 8-5, heading into the fourth quarter. Warriors senior attack Conor Roddy (4 goals) and sophomore midfielder Matthew Crowell (2G) scored two big goals each in the final quarter with Roddy scoring with 25 seconds remaining in the game to pull Medfield to within one at 10-9.

CM (19-3)would hold off one final Medfield shot at the buzzer to earn the hard-fought 10-9 victory.

“We knew going in that it was going to be a one or two goal game,” CM head coach Kevin Lynch said. “We run similar stuff to each other on offense and on defense. Both teams have great athletes and I knew it was going to come down to the end.”

CM led 3-2 after one quarter and 5-4 at the half but it would be the third quarter that proved to be the pivotal quarter for the Knights as they outscored Medfield 3-1 and dominated possessions.

The third quarter would prove to be one of the most physical quarters of the tournament to date as Medfield would be penalized four times and CM on three occasions. Late in the quarter CM played for one second with three men down before Medfield’s David Parsons would score a 6-on-4 man-up goal at the end of the quarter.

Face-offs: Medfield senior Clay Richard is one of the best at taking draws in New England but CM senior Antonio Zegarelli and the CM face-off group did a great job of battling for each possession.

“Our entire face-off unit of Chris Ryan, Aaron Marcel and Antonio Zegarelli really came together and worked very well tonight,” Lynch said. “They did a good job neutralizing a very good Medfield group. You could tell [Richard] had the face but we did a good job of making adjustments to get the ground ball.”

Know Your Role: CM midfielder Austin Bannister saved his best for last as the senior scored both of his goals in the final 6:04 of the game with the biggest coming with 32 seconds on the clock as he answered Crowell’s second goal of the fourth quarter to give CM a 10-8 lead .

“We knew we had to step our games up on both offense and defense tonight and we did,” Bannister said. “It was really a team effort all the way until the end tonight. The big thing this year is to just know your role. Everyone knows their role right now and everyone is just doing their job.”

Semi-Final Match-Up: CM will match-up against No. 2 seed Concord-Carlisle (19-0) in Concord on Friday in one D2 Eastern Massachusetts semifinal. Face-off time is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Concord-Carlisle.

C-C defeated No. 10 Foxborough 11-3 earlier on Tuesday evening. Senior midfielder Mike O’Brien led the Patriots offense with three goals as they displayed an aggressive offense and consistent team defense in their quarterfinal win.

“We know they have a very great defense with some very good offensive players,” Lynch said. “I think if we bring our overall game it will be a very good match-up. I think whoever wins the ground ball game will come out on top.”

Bannister echoed his coach’s thoughts, “We will be ready. We have 15 seniors on the team who are hungry and we have been together for awhile now. We have a Catholic Conference banner hanging in the gym and that was our first goal and now we want to get to Harvard.”

Recap: Medfield 12, Walpole 4

May, 30, 2012

MEDFIELD, Mass. - It took a little while for the Medfield boys lacrosse team to get going but once they did, there was no stopping them.

In an atypical preliminary round MIAA tournament matchup, the winners of the last Division 2 state championships squared off Tuesday at Medfield High School. At the end of a long, hot afternoon, it was the winner of the last two titles that will move on to try for another trophy.

Cal Given and Andrew Melvin each had three goals and an assist, Conor Roddy added goal and four assists and No. 6 Medfield used a 5-0 run in the third quarter to pull away from No. 27 Walpole for a 12-4 victory.

"It's always good to get started after Memorial Day," said Medfield coach Mike Douglas. "You're kind of out of you're routine and you play on that first Tuesday you try to get in a rhythm early in the game. I felt like we were getting shots all over the place but we weren't finishing and we weren't hitting the net. We kept talking to them, telling them to keep shooting. It's similar to basketball - if you keep putting shots up eventually they are going to start falling and they did."

Medfield (15-4) built a 3-1 lead at the half with two scores from Given and another from long-stick defender Ben Cox, while Bryan Rockwood had the lone tally for the Rebels (7-12). Walpole's sophomore goalie Andrew Blood played a major role in keeping the score close, making nine of 16 saves over the first two frames.

Then Medfield opened the third quarter with a goal from another defenseman, Tommy Conlon, and that seemed to be spark the team needed. Conlon set up Melvin for the Warriors next tally, then Roddy fed both Matt Crowell and Melvin to push their lead to 7-1.

"The defense kind of picked them up a little bit with Ben Cox scoring a goal and Tommy Conlon scoring a goal and getting an assist," praised Douglas. "That kind of picked the offense up, got the sideline going and got a little energy going. Obviously the offense wants to show them what they can do and why they're out there after that. I think the defense kind of carried us for a while there and the offense in the second half got some transition and some easy looks and that led to us getting into a rhythm and running our offense."

Walpole got two back on scores by Hunter Nemec and Seamus Ford, but with Medfield FOGO Clay Richard controlling the faceoff X, the Warriors reeled four of the last five to close it out.

On April 18, Conor Roddy took a hard hit after scoring a goal against Duxbury that resulted in a concussion that forced him to miss several weeks of games. The senior was able to get back to action toward the end of the season and looks like he is getting back to the form that made him one of the most dangerous attackmen in the state over the past two seasons.

Roddy played the role of facilitator against Walpole with four assists as the Warriors looked to get him touches and let him distribute the ball to his teammates. He set up Given's first goal seconds after an extra-man opportunity had expired, then made a beautiful pass to get Given an easy one-timer for his second score. Then in the third, Roddy assisted on back to back goals by Crowell and Melvin.

"Being back with them is great," Roddy said. "I think Cal has like a 90 percent shooting percentage, he hits everything you give to him. Melvin too. He even dodged too. Its great because they take a lot of (pressure) off. Even when I dodge and get doubled, I know if I hit them they're usually always open. They find great places to go and they always finish. Cal's got a great shot, Andrew's got a great shot and they both know where to go which helps out a lot."

One thing the Warriors have always been able to do is play defense. One need look no further than about 90 minutes to the west to see how former Medfield standout Jake Smith is doing at the University of Massachusetts for proof of that.

But for whatever reason, there isn't same kind of buzz that normally surrounds the Medfield D this year. Certainly doesn't take more than a quick look at the field to see Ben Cox, Tommy Conlon, Reece Steever and Connor Davis causing turnovers and disrupting clears.

And of course on this day, getting involved in the offense. Cox had the only goal of the second quarter and Conlon had a goal and an assist to start the third. Those goals brought a needed energy to the Medfield sideline and and really jumpstarted the second half surge.

"I don't know where that came from," joked Conlon when asked about his goal. "I was looking to dish it to one of the attackmen but no one was picking me up. Earlier in the week I had scored a couple of goals so I just decided to just go for the net and it went in."

Added Cox on his own score, "I picked up a ground ball at the midline. I wanted to originally give it to an attackman and they knocked it down. There was a scrum in front and they thought I was going to go back to play D but I wanted a goal so I just tossed it in."