Boston High School: Jay Drapeau

South Hadley's Fitzell takes MVP in All-American game

June, 17, 2014
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BOSTON – Two days after the best teams in the state took to Boston University’s Nickerson Field, the best individuals took to the same field in the second annual Bostonlax.net All-American game.

Behind T.J. Fitzell’s (South Hadley) MVP performance (two goals, assist) and four goals a piece from Hunter Arnold (Acton-Boxborough) and Jay Drapeau (Westford Academy), Team Under Armour shook off the early rust and cruised to a 20-14 win over Team Cascade.

But when the final horn sounded, it wasn’t about the final score or the individual performances, but rather soaking in the environment and partaking in a great cause.

All proceeds generated from admission were donated to the Wounded Warrior project.

“It’s for a great cause, it was a great thing to be a apart of and it was at a great venue like BU,” Fitzell said. “To be able to come out and perform it’s quite exciting.”

“It’s a lot of fun, I met a lot of guys, I only knew three or four guys coming down here so I met a lot of guys from the area that have been playing lacrosse so it was a good time, I had a lot of fun.”

Team Cascade jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first quarter behind a pair of goals from James Burr (Middlesex) to go along with tallies from Danny Seibel (Belmont Hill) and Needham’s Mike Panepinto.

With 31 seconds remaining in the opening quarter, Kevin Bletzer (Catholic Memorial) scored the second Team Under Armour goal that was the front end of a 7-0 run, keeping Team Cascade off the scoreboard for nearly 12 minutes.

Bridgewater-Raynham’s Travis Reid scored back-to-back goals to end the drought and Team Cascade went into the half trailing by three.

Team Cascade cut the lead down to one with a 3-0 run on goals from Morgan Cheek (Nobles), Seibel and Panepinto but pulled away throughout the second half, and igniting an all-star game feel.

With time winding down, Drapeau scored the goal of the night going behind the back to beat Tyler Blaisdell (Thayer Academy) over his right shoulder for the score.

Arnold’s monster weekend: Hunter Arnold was one of three members of the Div. 1 Champion Acton-Boxborough Div. 1 championship team that took to the field Monday night, joining LSM Austin Wolf (Team Under Armour) and midfielder J.T. Kelly.

Arnold scored a goal in the Colonials’ 5-4 double overtime win over Duxbury and went off for another four goals Monday night on the same field.

“Overall the weekend was awesome,” Arnold recalled. “First the state championship game, there is nothing better, nothing better than beating Duxbury. Double-overtime and then today it was fun a lot of great guys out here.”

Arnold wasn’t the only one who took to the Nickerson Field again, as did Division 2 champion Medfield’s John MacLean, Brian Bissell, Blake Frasca, Matt Crowell and goalie Robert Treiber and Division 3 champion Cohasset’s LSM Tim Gillis.

Jelling together: It was the first time that many of these players had met, let alone played on the same team together. Before the game the players got a 20-minute warm-up to find their rhythm.

It didn’t take Team Cascade long to find their offensive stroke scoring four of the first five goals.

“We gelled together pretty quick after passing and catching drills we all came together,” B-R’s Reid said.

It took Team Under Armour a little longer to figure it out, but once they did, they were too much to handle.

“Well we were a little sloppy on offense so we slowed it down a little but got better shots and pumped in some goals,” Fitzell said.

Arnold added: “It was pretty easy to get along with these guys out here everyone knows how to play. We all know how to move the ball well, it was just a bit rusty to begin.”

Announcing our Mr. Lacrosse finalists

June, 12, 2014
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With six teams remaining which will vie for three state championships on Saturday, we’re taking a look at our Mr. Lacrosse award today, announcing our five finalists.

The recipient of the fourth annual Mr. Lacrosse award, presented to the top overall player in MIAA lacrosse, will be announced on Thursday, June 19.

Without further ado, the five candidates are, in alphabetical order:

Hunter Arnold, Sr. A, Acton-Boxborough: Arnold was named an Eastern. Mass All-American this year for the Division 1 North champion Colonials. The Keene State-bound attack stands among the leading scorers in the state this season with 65 goals and 40 assists.

Jay Drapeau, Sr. A, Westford Academy - Drapeau is a two-time ESPN Boston All-State selection, two-time Eastern Mass. All-American and also is a finalist for the Mr. Lacrosse award for a second straight year. The Loyola commit was again among the state’s scoring leaders with 86 goals and 56 assists.

Nick Marrocco, Sr. G, Duxbury – In his two years as starter in the Division 1 finalist Dragons’ cage, Marrocco has earned just about every honor there is to be had. An ESPN Boston All-State selection last year, this is the Georgetown commit’s second season as a Mr. Lacrosse finalist

John Sexton, Sr. LSM/D, Lincoln-Sudbury – Already a two-time ESPN Boston All-State selection, this is Sexton’s second straight year as a Mr. Lacrosse finalist. The Notre Dame commit is also a two-time Eastern Mass. All-American.

Robert Trieber, Sr. G, Medfield – The two-time Eastern Mass. All-American has led the Warriors to the Division 2 state title game. A Tufts commit, Treiber was an honorable mention ESPN Boston All-State selection last year.

Recap: No. 5 A-B 12, No. 6 Westford 10

April, 9, 2014
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WESTFORD, Mass. – Simply by meeting expectations, Westford and Acton-Boxborough put on a show more likely to be found in June than April.

The DCL rivals went toe-to-toe for 48 minutes before A-B's relentless offensive pressure wore down the Grey Ghosts and propelled the Colonials to a 12-10 win.

“Win, lose or draw that was one of the best games I've ever been a part of player, coach, or fan,” A-B head coach Pat Ammendolia said. “That was just a good, tough lacrosse game by both sides … Two good teams slugging it out. It's a good win.”

The Colonials assaulted the Grey Ghost defense from the opening faceoff.

A-B oushot Westford, 50-26, but really did their damage in terms of possession. The Colonials constantly backed up their shots to extend possessions.

As the game progressed Westford wore down and gave the Colonials the space needed to pull away.

No one did that better than Hunter Arnold. Arnold looked like a man among boys in the fourth quarter scoring three goals and assisting on a fourth. He finished the game with four goals and two assists.

“We just worked the ball on offense, had some pretty good defensive stops all game,” Arnold said. “[It was a] good game. We were just finally able to stick our shots. Once we got one, the floodgates opened and we let them rip.”

Early on, it was Westford's game as A-B was unable to put together quality chances. The Colonials outshot Westford 15-4 in the opening period but were only able to put three on cage. Westford only put two on cage but both found the twine, thanks to Jay Drapeau and Shane Kilday, to put the Ghosts up 2-1 after 12 minutes.

A-B responded in spades in the second, scoring three goals in a 51-second span to open up a two-goal lead. Arnold got it going with his first goal and J.T. Kelly assisted on Arnold's goal and scored two 25 seconds apart.

Kelly also put in yeoman's work at the X, winning some key faceoffs in the second half.

“I give all the credit to our coaches,” Kelly said. “I've never played attack in my life and they switch it up with the personnel. We've worked on picks a lot and switching; we have a lot of athletes so we can get the ball around quick and move quickly.”

POSITIVE TAKEAWAY: Despite scoring 10 goals, the Ghosts' offense looked out of sorts. Drapeau scored three goals, as did Ryan McNabb, while Ryan Hesseltine had a goal and four assists.

However, A-B's long offensive possessions took them out of a large chunk of the game.

“When we got the ball on offense we were pushing too much,” Hesseltine said. “We didn't give the defense a break. It's tough for them to defend that. We've got to get the ball down, have a possession, and give ourselves better chances to score.”

Even with the loss, Westford coach Matt Tholander was pleased with the performance.

“Good competition up and down the field,”he said. “We came up on the short side, but our effort was there. I'm happy with that.”

Archies, Westford roll at Cape Cod Cup

December, 29, 2013
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FALMOUTH, Mass. – After a night full of ties at the Cape Cod Cup on Friday, Saturday brought about a pair of blowouts.

Fifth-ranked Archbishop Williams got four goals from senior Ryan Dunn en route to a 9-3 shellacking of Chelmsford in the day’s second game. In the earlier contest, Westford Academy rode a hat trick by Anthony Gulliver to a 7-2 victory over the host team from Falmouth.

The night before, head coach Derackk Curtis’s squad needed a final-minute miracle provided by Nick Menzel to earn a draw against WA. There was no need for such dramatics against Chelmsford as the Bishops scored multiple goals in every period to run away and hide from the Lions.

“We wanted to make a statement, because the team as a whole didn’t feel like we performed well yesterday,” Curtis said. “I though overall we played pretty well.”

Leading 2-1 after one, Archbishop Williams took charge in the second period with three quick goals that opened up some breathing room.

Mike Sorrenti bore down the right side and tucked one past Tim Huggins just 36 seconds into the second, scoring on his team’s first shot of the period. Just 30 seconds later Dunn blasted in a set-up by Eric Keefe that made it 4-1. Then, at 5:16, a Chelmsford turnover found Sorrenti in the low slot and he let it rip instantaneously to give his team a three-goal cushion.

The rest of the second period was all Lions, but Archies goalie Matt McCaughey (30 saves) prevented things from getting too close. McCaughey stopped 16 of 17 Lions shots on net during the middle frame, including three during a 5-on-3 power play late in the stanza.

His lone mistake in the second period came at 10:19 when Mike DeDenato slipped through a check on the left wing wall at the blue line and whistled a shot inside the near post to make it 5-2. Chelmsford had plenty of chances after that to close the gap late in the period, but McCaughey was extra sharp.

“Coming into it we didn’t really have Matt pegged in as the number one guy, but he’s come in and played with an air of confidence. He’s very calm, cool and collected back there,” Curtis said.

Chelmsford head coach Mike McGrath said that McCaughey’s stand-out play in the second period was a big reason for the outcome. “He made three or four really big saves there, and then we came out in the third and gave one up right away, and end of story.”

The Bishops kept it up in the third. Goals by Michael Davis and Cullen Lyne in the first five minutes increased the lead to 7-2. Danny Ferri closed the gap a little with a spectacular shorthanded goal at 5:06, but that was the last of the scoring for the Lions. Dunn capped the festivities with goals three and four later in the period, his first coming off of a funny bounce out of the corner, and then his last of the night on a clean breakaway.

AW opened the game by building a 2-0 lead, with Chelmsford making it a one-goal game late in the period. Dylan O’Brien got the game’s first one, tipping a Kyle Leonard wrist shot at 4:45. Dunn then snapped one in on a break up the middle at 9:16 to double his team’s advantage. Danny Ferri popped in his own rebound for Chelmsford at 14:24 to make it a one-goal game after the opening period.

Westford Academy 7, Falmouth 2

In the first game, Westford Academy (1-1-1) exploded in the second period to net a half-dozen goals in 15 minutes and turn a competitive contest into a laugher.

Grey Ghosts head coach Bob Carpenter was pleased to see his club travel South to the Cape Cod Cup and leave with three points in tow, after having played No. 5 Archbishop Williams to a draw the previous night.

“You don’t plan on that to come down here and get three points, it’s nice,” he said with a smile following his team’s rollicking win over the host team.

After a very competitive first 15 minutes, Westford Academy found another gear in the second period, striking early and often. Goals by Anthony Gulliver and Ryan Hesseltine less than a minute apart turned a 1-0 differential into a 3-0 contest in a matter of moments. Gulliver, who missed most of the previous day’s game with a severe headache, gave the Clippers pains by scoring a hat trick in the game. His second of the night, at 2:39 of the second, saw him camp on the edge of the crease and put home an Andrew Gounaris rebound. Just 51 seconds later Cam MacDonald dragged a defender on his hip up the left wing and centered a feed to the wide-open Hesseltine for a tip-in past Nick Cline to make it a three-goal differential.

Westford Academy was just getting started, though. The Ghosts went on to add four more before the second period concluded. Jay Drapeau’s power play goal, which came with 10 seconds left on a major against the Clippers, was the shot of the day as he sniped one just under the crossbar on the near side to make it 4-0.

Joe Schultz, Gulliver and Jack Conway each added to the tally late in the period as they bunched their strikes over a span of just 2:26, pushing their lead to a robust 7-0 differential after 30 minutes.

“I thought (Falmouth) played very well in that first period, and really took us out of our game. In the second period we kind of settled in better,” Carpenter said. “We worked harder in the second period. I thought we were trying to be a little too cute in the first period, and we were falling right into Falmouth’s trap, I think. We got back into our game, putting the puck on net and crashing the net.”

Falmouth (3-2-1) saved some face by winning the third period, scoring a pair of goals, both of which came off the stick of sophomore Sam Walker. Nick Marston set up the first one, with a nice feed off the right wing wall to the doorstep for Walker. The first-year varsity player netted number two on his next shift, intercepting a pass at the red line before sniping one in to the lower right corner at 11:39.

Paul Moore said that his team will move on from the blowout loss. “You play this game with your hands, your head and your feet and we stopped playing with all three in some situations tonight,” he said. “It was an abomination, I told them to have amnesia and forget about it. We’ll learn from our mistakes and move on.”

Archies, Chelmsford advance at Cape Cod Cup

December, 27, 2013
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FALMOUTH, Mass. – Not one of the teams that participated in the Cape Cod Cup yesterday left the rink feeling all that satisfied.

Both Archbishop Williams and Chelmsford were deemed winners in overtime in their respective games. However, since the MIAA does not recognize overtime until postseason play, those clubs, along with their respective foes, Westford Academy and Falmouth, played to ties.

No. 5 Archbishop Williams and Westford Academy’s game will go into the record books as a 4-4 draw, while Chelmsford and host Falmouth counts as a 1-1 deadlock.

Of the four tying squads, the Bishops were the ones that had the most to feel good about at the end of the day as they rallied from two goals down in the final minute of regulation to tie the score.

Even so, head coach Derackk Curtis was hardly jumping for joy following a game that saw Bishops’ sniper Nick Menzel complete a hat trick with two goals in the final 48 seconds, both with the goalie pulled for an extra-attacker.

“I thought we should have been able to dominate the game a little bit more. Nothing against Westford Academy, but coming off the Springfield Cathedral game I thought we’d come in here and have a little more success, a little more confidence,” Curtis said. “We finished the game strong, so there is a positive, because last year we don’t win this game. Last year, we don’t come back from this, because we didn’t have the confidence, we didn’t have the leadership, and the determination to finish it off.”

Westford Academy (0-1-1) looked like it’d be finishing off a win as the game got down to crunch time. Riding a standout performance by sophomore goaltender Kyle Martin (31 saves), the Ghosts held a 4-2 lead through 44 minutes and needed to just survive the last 60 seconds to earn their first win of the year.

Archbishop Williams put that first win celebration on hold, though. The Bishops went on to win in overtime, on a goal by Mike Davis two minutes and three seconds into the extra session.

Menzel and the Bishops were the better team for much of the game, but Martin kept making big save after big save. With the extra attacker out in the last minute, the numbers game caught up to the netminder and the Ghosts. Menzel popped his second of the game with just 48 seconds to play, as he camped on the right pipe and waited for a pinpoint pass off the far side boards that found him unmarked.

Archies then controlled the ensuing faceoff, got Steve Jenner out of the goal again, and went back on the attack. In a matter of seconds the puck was on the ice in front of Martin being whacked at by a gaggle of sticks. It was the one held by Menzel that made solid contact, and slipped it through the maelstrom to knot the score and leave the Ghosts stunned and the Bishops on Cloud Nine.

In the meaningless overtime, Archies dominated the proceeding as it accounted for all six shots that found the net, the last of which Davis popped in to make it 5-4.

After a scoreless first period, the Ghosts got hot in the second and tickled the twine three times to take charge. They struck first just 34 seconds into the period when Ryan Hesseltine completed a cross by Jay Drapeau. At 3:27 Andrew Gounaris buried a rebound, after Jenner stoned Tim Curran, to make it a two-goal game.

The Bishops answered 17 seconds later as Sorenti got his first of three in the game on a break-in.

The back-and-forth third period continued with Westford going up 3-1 on a gal by Anthony Gulliver, who found himself in the right place at the right time. The Bishops attempted to clear the puck out of their own end, without looking up first and sent a pass right to Gulliver in the high slot, who skated a stride in and then snapped a wrister past Jenner to the glove side at 6:15.

Four minutes later the Bishops made it a one-goal game on the first varsity goal of Cullen Lyne’s career. The sophomore, who had not played with the big club before the Cape Cod Cup, stepped into a regular shift when Eric Keefe went down with a shoulder injury early in the game. He popped a rebound up and over Martin, finishing off a break-in by Ryan Dunn.

In the third period it looked like Westford had the game in hand after taking a two-goal lead with 5:42 left in regulation. Hesseltine set up the Ghosts’ final tally with a brilliant lead pass out of the defensive zone, splitting the middle and finding Cam MacDonald in stride for a 2-on-1 break with Drapeau, who buried a cross to make it 4-2.

That set the stage for the Bishops’ late-game dramatics, whose plan was to get Jenner out of the cage with 100 seconds to play and try to wreak havoc. They did just that, and rallied to earn the draw, which felt like a win, and unofficially was one.

“They made a lot of good plays at the end, you have to give them a lot of credit,” Westford head coach Bob Carpenter said. “They really hung in there and made a lot of great plays on both goals, I thought. They’re good.”

Chelmsford 1, Falmouth 1

In the nightcap, the goals did not flow as freely as in the opener. Chelmsford (1-2-2) and Falmouth (3-1-1) each netted a goal in the second period, just 71 seconds apart, and that was it, other than an overtime goal by Mike DeDonato, that was set up by Matt Calnan with 45 seconds left in the extra session.

Paul Moore, the Clippers’ new head coach who replaced Massachusetts legend Buddy Ferreira this year, was upbeat about his young team’s performance against an opponent he sees as high quality.

“I’m so proud of the way that they played,” Moore said. “That’s a huge point for us right there and the effort from top to bottom was unbelievable. Cody Bailey had the game of his career, he got the game puck. Isaiah Lineaweaver, he could have gotten the game puck, too. I’m just so proud of there effort, we hung in there.”

While they weren’t exactly lighting it up, the two teams did light one another up with plenty of solid hitting in the open ice and solid defense all-around on both sides. The goalies were good, too. Falmouth’s Jake Beaton stopped 16 of 17 shots that he saw during regulation and his counterpart from Chelmsford, Tim Huggins, halted 17 of 18.

Beaton stopped two late first period shots, by Wes Phillips and Derek Adamson, which were definite scoring opportunities. Phillips’ bid hit a skate on the way to the goal, but Beaton stayed with the deflection and covered it up. He then dove to the far post with just 20 seconds left in the period to deny a wraparound try by Adamson that would have crossed the line if not for the lunge.

Chelmsford head coach Mike McGrath said he felt like his team left Falmouth off the hook early in the game. “I’m disappointed. We had four two-on-ones in the first period, and we had an opportunity to put them away early and we let them hang around,” McGrath said. “Right now we’re just struggling to score. We’ve only got four goals in the last three games.”

Huggins came up biggest late in the game, with Falmouth flying around in the final five minutes looking to bring the hometown crowd to its feet. He robbed Bailey on a break-in with six minutes to go in the game and then answered the bell on an Arlin Moore chance with 5:05 to play.

As for the goals that were scored, they both came late in the second frame. Chelmsford took a brief 1-0 lead at the 11:53 mark of the second when Jack Olson roofed a rebound over Beaton after the keeper had stopped a shot by Jesse Lye, but was left prone on the ice.

Shortly after they fell behind, the Clippers drew even as their leading scorer, Robbie Souza, found the back of the net for the fourth game in a row. The senior co-captain blocked a shot by the Lions and beat everyone else up the ice in a mad dash for the loose puck. Souza tipped it ahead to himself in the neutral zone and bore down on Huggins, beating the goalie from the high slot with a wrister to the glove side for his ninth tally of the young season.

All four teams will be back at tomorrow afternoon. Falmouth will face Westford Academy at 1 p.m., followed by Archies against Chelmsford at 3 p.m.

Recap: No. 4 Central Catholic 5, Westford 1

December, 20, 2013
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TYNGSBOROUGH, Mass. – Depth, for lack of a better word, is good.

No. 4 Central Catholic showed that last night as each of its three lines shined as the Raiders downed Westford Academy, 5-1, at Skate 3.

Lloyd Hayes took an Alex Lester feed for a short breakaway and scored 46 seconds in to give the Raiders a lead they would not relinquish. Colin Soucy did his thing in net, turning aside 15 Westford shots, including a cross-net, Tim Thomas-inspired dive to stop Jay Drapeau point blank in the second period.

“[Soucy] hasn't missed a beat since last year,” Central coach Mike Jankowski said. “He's able to make saves that you don't expect him too and the team builds off that. When he closes the door on one end it builds momentum the other way.”

The Raiders' top line of Hayes, Lester, and Alex Webber used that momentum to dominate the first period whenever they were on the ice. The Raiders outshot Westford 15-6 in the first period.

Lester capped off the dominance with a short-handed slapper that beat Kyle Martin glove side.

“We tied Acton-Boxborough [on Monday] and considered that a tough one,” Lester said. “We really wanted to come out early and set a statement.”

The Ghosts fought back in the second. Drapeau scored from an impossible angle a minute in to halve the deficit and Westford played with vigor in the middle stanza that was missing earlier in the game.

Drapeau, along with linemates Cam MacDonald and Ryan Hesseltine, provided the motor for the Grey Ghosts.

“Jay is an unbelievable athlete and an unbelievable competitor,” Westford coach Bob Carpenter said. “You can't find a guy that works harder or a nicer guy than him. Him and Cam MacDonald play hard and play well.”

Westford put the most pressure on Soucy in the second and had their highest shot output with seven pucks put at goal. However, Central found a way to curb Westford's enthusiasm with a pair of goals in the final two minutes that took flipped momentum back to the visitors.

“Those were back breakers,” Carpenter said. “We were hoping if we could bring them into the third period 2-1 we would be in pretty good position. I think we had a couple of defensive breakdowns, and when you play a club as good as Central they're going to take advantage.”

WHITE LINE STEPS UP: Jankowski names his lines after colors, and in the second period the “white” line of Richie Greenberg, Kevin Regan, and Eric Robbins stepped up when the Raiders needed it.

Greenberg scored Central's first second period goal. A scrum in front of the net left the puck at his feet and he poked it home amidst the chaos. Just over a minute later Greenberg fed Robbins in front who potted a backhanded, one-timer to put the Raiders up three at the intermission.

“We don't have that high, high-end player, but we have a nice group of character guys that can skate real well and are disciplined,” Jankowski said. “That white line of Robbins, Regan, and Greenberg had two in one shift and that really turned the game around.”

Lester said having so much talent beneath the top line makes his job a lot easier and a lot less stressful.

“It's great to know that we have a lot of depth in our team; we trust our guys a lot,” Lester said. “It's good to know that when I get off and we're gassed we're safe with the next two or three lines.”

Central's depth is a byproduct of having so many players who have played in big games for a long time. Players like Zach Cote and Conrad Jepson, who have risen and grown with the Central program, provide a backbone on the ice that can't be taught.

“This is that first time that we have that solid core back, we have that depth back, and we have the goaltending,” Jankowski said. “It's exciting. It's fun to be a part of and see what we can put together going forward. We think we're going to keep getting better and better as it goes.”

ESPN Boston boys' lacrosse All-State team

July, 1, 2013
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FIRST TEAM
G – Nick Marrocco, Jr., Duxbury
In his first season starting between the pipes for the Dragons, Marrocco was named an Eastern Mass. All-American while averaging 13 saves per game. Also a standout hockey player during the winter season, Marrocco is committed to Georgetown and was named Most Valuable Player of the bostonlax.net All-American game.

D – Rob Breed, Sr., Xaverian
One of the galvanizing forces behind the Hawks’ run to the program’s first state lacrosse title, the Eastern Mass. All-American was tasked with shutting down the opponent’s top attacks.

D – Ben Cox, Sr., Medfield
Named the Tri-Valley League’s Defensive Most Valuable player, Cox was a four-year member of the lacrosse team and part of back-to-back MIAA Division 2 state championship lacrosse teams. During the winter, Cox finished second on the Warriors hockey team in scoring, posting 12 goals for 38 points in 21 games. He will continue his lacrosse career at the University of Vermont.

D – John Sexton, Jr., Lincoln-Sudbury
The Notre Dame commit was a jack of all trades for the Warriors this season, taking faceoffs, playing on man-up situations and providing lockdown defense. Sexton was named an Eastern Mass. All-American and is a three-time Dual County League All-Star.

LSM – Nick Brozowski, Soph., Concord-Carlisle
A ground ball machine, the Maryland commit was named an Eastern Mass. All-American in addition to Dual County League All-Star honors.

M – Dan Delaney, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury
The Eastern Mass. All-American tallied 38 goals and 20 assists while leading the Warriors to a Division 1 final appearance. Delaney will continue his lacrosse career at Fairfield University next year.

M – Keegan Dudeck, Sr., Longmeadow
The Lancers captain closed out his career on a high with a five-goal outburst in their Division 2 state championship win over Medfield. Dudeck tallied 38 goals and 17 assists for his senior season.

M – Jack Wheeler, Jr., Xaverian
Turning in a dazzling offensive display at Harvard Stadium, Wheeler was a key component to the Hawks’ first-ever lacrosse championship. The Boston University commit and Eastern Mass. All-American tallied 42 goals with 15 assists this year.

A – Jay Drapeau, Jr., Westford Academy
Among the state scoring leaders in each of the last two seasons, Drapeau ripped off 71 goals in 2013. The Loyola commit was an ESPN Boston MIAA Lacrosse All-State second-teamer last year and also was a Hockey All-State Honorable Mention during the winter season.

A – Andrew Melvin, Sr., Medfield
The Eastern Mass. All-American helped lead the Warriors back to the Division 2 state championship game. Melvin will continue his lacrosse career at Bates College.

A – Nico Panepinto, Sr., Needham
Named ESPN Boston’s third annual “Mr. Lacrosse” winner last week, the Fairfield University signee finished his high school career with 179 goals and 159 assists. Panepinto, also a standout on the football field for the Rockets, was a two-time Eastern Mass. All-American and ESPN Boston All-State selection.

Specialist – Derek Osbahr, Sr., St. John’s Prep
Osbahr was an offensive weapon for the Eagles at the faceoff X as the best draw-winner in Eastern Mass. Also a member of Prep’s Super 8 hockey squad, the Eastern Mass. All-American will continue his lacrosse career at Bentley University.

SECOND TEAM
G – Ryan Goodall, Sr., Dover-Sherborn
D – Jack Ullrich, Jr., Hingham
D – Jay Walsh, Sr., Duxbury
D – Ian Yanulis, Sr, BC High
M – Caleb Brodie, Jr., Hingham
M – Brendan Flaherty, Sr., Beverly
M – Mike Panepinto, Jr., Needham
M – Roby Williams, Jr., Wayland
A – Hunter Burdick, Sr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
A – Nick Pino, Sr., North Andover
A – Tyler Reilly, Sr., Grafton
Specialist – Drew Kelleher, Jr., Longmeadow

Honorable Mention
Dom Abate, Sr. M, Beverly
Tommy Bannan, Sr. G, Hingham
Kevin Bletzer, Jr. M, Catholic Memorial
Rogers Boylan, Sr. D, Dover-Sherborn
Evan Boynton, Sr. D, Concord-Carlisle
Mike Carbone, Sr. A, Marshfield
Tucker Ciessau, Sr. A, Scituate
Matt Comerford, Sr. G, Reading
Pat Cronin, Jr. A, BC High
Matt Crowell, Jr. M, Medfield
Mark Dente, Sr. A, Reading
Kevin Farrell, Sr. FOGO, Billerica
Chris Frye, Sr. A, Walpole
Andrew Gallahue, Jr. A, St. John's Prep
Henry Guild, Sr. M, Lincoln-Sudbury
Carson Hart, Sr. M, Wayland
Keifer Heckman, Sr. A, Peabody
Eamon Hunter, Soph. LSM, Lincoln-Sudbury
Joe Igoe, Sr. M, Framingham
Reid Leveillee, Jr. D, Longmeadow
Giles Ober, Sr. G, Algonquin
Kieran Presley, Sr. M, Amherst
Brian Rotatori, Sr. M, Grafton
Drew Smiley, Jr. A, St. John's (Shrewsbury)
D.J. Smith, Sr. G, Billerica
Robert Treiber, Jr. G, Medfield
Luc Valenza, Sr. D, Foxborough
Tyler Weeks, Sr. D, Andover
Sam Wheaton, Sr. G, Minnechaug

Coach of the Year -- Ryan Liebel, Longmeadow
The Eastern Mass Lacrosse Coaches Association announced its boys' lacrosse 2013 All-Americans.

Here is the list:

FIRST TEAM
ATTACK
Jay Drapeau, Jr., Westford Academy
Nico Panepinto, Sr., Needham
Andrew Melvin, Sr., Medfield
Nick Pino, Sr., North Andover

MIDFIELD
Mike Panepinto, Jr., Needham
Dan Delaney, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury
Jack Wheeler, Jr., Xaverian
Caleb Brodie, Jr., Hingham
Brendan Flaherty, Sr., Beverly

DEFENSE
John Sexton, Jr., Lincoln-Sudbury
Ben Cox, Sr., Medfield
Rob Breed, Sr., Xaverian
Jack Ullrich, Jr., Hingham
Jay Walsh, Sr., Duxbury

SPECIALIST
Nick Brozowski, Jr., Concord-Carlisle

GOALIE
Nick Marrocco, Jr., Duxbury
D.J. Smith, Sr., Billerica

SECOND TEAM
ATTACK
Tucker Ciessau, Sr., Scituate
Andrew Gallahue, Jr., St. John's Prep
Mark Dente, Sr., Reading
Henry Guild, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury

MIDFIELD
Dom Abate, Sr., Beverly
Roby Williams, Jr., Wayland
Matt Crowell, Jr., Medfield
Eric O'Brien, Sr., Reading
Joe Igoe, Sr., Framingham

DEFENSE
Luc Valenza, Jr., Foxborough
Tyler Weeks, Sr., Andover
Rogers Boylan, Sr., Dover-Sherborn
Evan Boynton, Sr., Concord-Carlisle

SPECIALIST
Kevin Farrell, Sr., Billerica
Derek Osbahr, Sr., St. John's Prep

GOALIE
Ryan Goodall, Sr., Dover-Sherborn
Tommy Bannan, Sr., Hingham

D1 lax final: Xaverian 9, Lincoln-Sudbury 5

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ALLSTON, Mass. – Xaverian made history on Wednesday night at Harvard Stadium. The Hawks claimed the lacrosse program’s first-ever Division 1 state title with a solid 9-5 victory over the top seed Lincoln-Sudbury.

Xaverian jumped out to a 4-0 lead early in the second quarter and controlled the majority of play to bring home the championship. Following the final whistle, head coach Tim Gardner reflected on what it meant to finally earn the elusive first trophy.

“It’s your primary goal every preseason…you work for this day and hope that it can happen and we’ve gotten close a few times and to win this game against that team…to win it in this fashion is pretty incredible,” he reflected.

Junior attack jack Wheeler was the star of the game offensively with four goals and he could only marvel at the accomplishments that the Hawks reached this year.

“It makes us feel great. We came out Catholic Conference champs and no. 7 coming into the playoff and knocked off no. 2 Needham and then L-S right now,” he remarked.

When asked if he was surprised about the Hawks quick start to the game, Wheeler replied, “I actually had a dream last night that we were going to come out and it was going to be 2-0 and then we’d go on to win.”

It took more than eight minutes for the opening goal and junior midfielder D.J. Sperzel opened the scoring for Xaverian. Wheeler followed almost two minutes later with his first and it was 2-0 Hawks after the opening quarter. The slow start continued for L-S, as Wheeler and semi-final round hero Lukas Buckley added a pair to make it 4-0 before the Warriors got on the board.

Head coach Brian Vona admitted after the game that his team just could not match the speed of the Hawks out of the gate.

“I think they outplayed us and they played with a different speed,” he explained. “ I didn’t see any of my guys run by someone or even try. I saw guys that we covered a month ago run by our guys.”

Vona added, “Our kids played with heart…but I felt like we got outplayed. It’s just that simple.”

L-S got back into the game in the second quarter. First, senior Dan Delaney struck to make it 4-1 and then senior attacker Jordan Dow made it a two-goal game. Sperzel and John Merwin traded goals and the score was 5-3 heading into halftime.

The top seed made it a one-goal game just 1:37 into the third quarter on Merwin’s second of the night, but Xaverian answered the challenge. It was Wheeler who struck back with a great move and rocket of a shot to make it 6-4. Gardner was proud of his best players coming through on the biggest stage.

“This is a great day for stars to step up, you know, and Jack [Wheeler] really earned it today with big goals at big times,” he said.

Wheeler pointed to the Hawks attacking with speed as one of the reasons behind Xaverian’s strong offensive performance.

“When we pushed it, we scored almost every time,” he said. “Most of our shots were on net, which was helping us out. We kind of just pushed it and it worked out for us and we kept pushing it.”



Following Wheeler’s third, Eric Hoffman notched his first to make it 7-4 and give Xaverian a much needed cushion. Chris Giorgio gave the Warriors hope with a score 2:21 before the end of the third quarter, but it would be the last goal from L-S in the game.

The Hawks defense has been strong all postseason against some of the top attacking talents in the state (including Nico Panepinto of Needham and Jay Drapeau of Westford Academy) and it was stout once again in the final.

“We tried not to let them pass around and pass around and possess and not give them any space when they drive,” Gardner said. “We were just preaching team defense, get a body on body, don’t let them see the back side of the field and just try to prevent easy goals.”

Vona was also full of praise for the strength of the Xaverian defenders, which had a much bigger impact than in the team’s regular season meeting (L-S won that game 10-5).

He noted, “I don’t feel like we ever got into a rhythm and I feel like that’s because of them. I think they played that well. I don’t know how many times we turned the ball over, but that wasn’t just us turning the ball over – they helped us turn the ball over.”

In addition to the Hawks’ long poles Rob Breed, Joe Gaziano and Elijah Jolly, who all had solid performances, Xaverian could count on goalie Jay Pourbaix to make the key stops. The biggest sequence came with the score at 6-4 and Pourbaix made two close-range saves to preserve the two-goal advantage.

Gardner made sure to highlight the contributions of his goalie, especially the way he battled through injury in the final.

“Jay [Pourbaix] has been playing hurt all week,” said Gardner. “He was banged up coming out of the B.C. High game. His knee is hurting and every step of his hurt, but he stepped up and it was just an incredible performance.”

In the fourth quarter, Wheeler capped his great night with a great goal to make it 8-5. He gave a pump-fake that forced two defenders to charge at him, stepped inside the defense and fired an unstoppable shot past the goalie. With 3:10 left in the game, Backus added his second to wrap things up and secure the title.

“It’s really remarkable and all the credit to the guys for their hard work and not giving up, not backing down when they started coming back a little bit and, really, at points in the season when it looked like we could have gone downhill…we really made a decision to step up and improve every day.”

Introducing Mr. Lacrosse finalists

May, 27, 2013
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With the state lacrosse tournaments underway, we're taking a moment to preview the field for our third annual Mr. Lacrosse Award, to be announced at the completion of the season.

Without further ado, the five candidates are, in alphabetical order:

Nick Brozowski, Jr. LSM, Concord-Carlisle - The Maryland commit has been an absolute ground-ball machine for the Patriots. He's helped a C-C defensive unit that has allowed less than six goals per game during the regular season.

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Scott Barboza/ESPNBoston.comIn his first season as Duxbury's starting goaltender, junior Nick Marrocco is a candidate for our third annual Mr. Lacrosse award.

Jay Drapeau, Jr. A, Westford Academy - Drapeau has been one of the most feared scorers in the state during the last several seasons and is again among the state leaders in scoring with 95 points during the regular season, including 65 goals.

Nick Marrocco, Jr. G, Duxbury - In his first season as the Dragons' starting netminder, the Georgetown commit has been downright stringy. Among the state leaders with Marrocco in net, Duxbury has surrendered just 84 goals on the season.

Nico Panepinto, Sr. A, Needham - The Fairfield signee is a huge reason behind the Rockets' No. 1 ranking in our Top 25 poll, closing out the regular season. Looking for a validating performance as to why Panepinto should be included? Look no further than his four-goal performance against Duxbury, ending the Dragons' 48-game winning streak against MIAA competition.

John Sexton, Jr. LSM/D, Lincoln-Sudbury - The Notre Dame commit has done a little bit of everything (and well) for the Warriors this year -- from taking faceoffs to stepping up to play on the man-up unit. One of the most versatile players in the state, Sexton is also among its most revered defenders.

Recap: No. 12 Acton-Boxborough 18, No. 4 Westford 13

April, 10, 2013
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WESTFORD, Mass. -- With so many league matchups taking place early in the season, Acton-Boxborough knew it had to make a statement against Westford Academy to avoid losing pace in the Dual County League Large race.

The Colonials did exactly that, dominating in all phases of the game en route to an 18-13 victory over the No. 4 Grey Ghosts at Westford Academy.

Ten different players found the back of the cage for A-B (4-1 overall, 1-1 DCL), topped by Scott Rogers (four goals, two assists) and J.T. Kelly (four goals, one helper). Trevor Konenenko added a hat trick while Hunter Arnold and Brian Picca each contributed a goal and two assists.

On defense, poles Ian Maxwell, Gabe Cormier, Austin Wolf and James Gnall, along with LSM Kevin Brogie, were outstanding in front of goalie Rick Kronenwett.

"We're very athletic," said A-B head coach Pat Ammendolia. "Last year I think we had some great lacrosse players. This year, we have some good lacrosse players but I think we've got great athletes on this team. We can run and that's definitely a strength of ours, team speed. That's what we like to do, get out there and try to run by people."

In order to do that, the Colonials needed to have possessions and the trio of Joe Cormier, Gabe Cormier and Josh Bucens took care of that. Joe Cormier was particularly dominant as the main draw-taker and A-B won all eight faces in the opening quarter and the offense staked the team to a 6-1 lead.

The Colonials would extend that lead to as many as nine goals in the second as Joe Cormier, Arnold, Konenenko, Bryan Sweeney, Rogers, and Kelly all scored during a 6-1 spurt. Loyola-bound attackman Jay Drapeau (four goals, assist) had the first tally of the frame for Westford (4-1, 1-1) and added two more before the half to make it a 12-5 game.

"We isolated their shorties up top, we ran our system and dodged up top," Rogers said of the offensive explosion. "Their slides were a little late and we just put it to them, put the ball in the back of the net. When we ran down the alleys, their slide would come from the crease. J.T. [Kelly] did a good job of popping up to the high crease and getting a couple looks. I got both my assists to him."

Acton-Boxborough pushed the lead back up to nine in the third (15-6) as Rogers, Max Emond and Kelly all connected before Josh Sawyer (four goals, assist) slowed the run. The Colonials slowed the pace in the fourth, trading goals to start the frame with Joey Biggins getting the final score for an 18-9 lead with 5:05 left. The Grey Ghosts popped in four in a row to close it out.

"I think I underestimated their athleticism a little bit," admitted Westford coach Matt Tholander. "I knew they had good, individual, on-ball defenders but I didn't realize that the faceoff circle was going to be a huge problem for us. Faceoffs and ground balls were the big differences in the game."

"Our unsettled defense has been better this year and we obviously got caught up a little bit there with our matchups," he continued. "We knew defensively, we weren't ready at the beginning of the year and we're a long way from where we need to be but like I said to the kids, I've been on this side of it multiple times with A-B where they bum-rush us and next time around, it always seems to work out that you always get another shot at them."

MIAA boys' lacrosse preseason All-State Team

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Attackmen:
Tyler Bogart, Soph., Catholic Memorial
Jordan Dow, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury
Jay Drapeau, Jr., Westford Academy
Brandon Jaeger, Sr., Dover-Sherborn
C.J. LoConte, Sr., Duxbury
Andrew Melvin, Sr., Medfield
Nick Menzel, Jr., Archbishop Williams
Nico Panepinto, Sr., Needham
Robbie Pisano, Sr., Needham
Tyler Reilly, Sr., Grafton
Andrew Smiley, Jr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)

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Scott Barboza/ESPN Army commit C.J. LoConte will look to shoulder a bigger part of the offense for defending Division 1 state champion Duxbury.
Midfielders:
Kevin Bletzer, Jr., Catholic Memorial
Will Blumenberg, Soph., Concord-Carlisle
Caleb Brodie, Jr., Hingham
Alec Brown, Sr., Wakefield
Tucker Ciessau, Sr., Scituate
Dan Delaney, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury
Henry Guild, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury
Carson Hart, Sr., Wayland
Davis Kraft, Sr., Algonquin
Matt LaCroix, Sr., Westfield
Drew O’Connell, Jr., St. John’s Prep
Mikey Panepinto, Jr., Needham
Kieran Presley, Sr., Amherst
Bryan Rotartori, Sr., Grafton
Jack Wheeler, Jr., Xaverian

Long-stick Midfielders:
Nick Brozowski, Jr., Concord-Carlisle
Mike Elcock, Jr., Needham
D.J. George, Sr., Arlington Catholic
John Sexton, Jr., Lincoln-Sudbury

Defensemen:
Evan Boynton, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
Tim Gillis, Soph., Cohasset
Brian Uva, Sr., St. John’s Prep
Luc Valenza, Sr., Foxborough
Jay Walsh, Sr., Duxbury
Tyler Weeks, Sr., Andover
Ian Yanulis, Sr., BC High

Goaltender:
Andrew Blood, Jr., Walpole
Matt Comerford, Sr., Reading
Ryan Goodall, Sr., Dover-Sherborn
Nick Marrocco, Jr., Duxbury
Giles Ober, Sr., Algonquin
Jake Reynolds, Jr., Scituate
D.J. Smith, Sr., Billerica
Robert Treiber, Jr., Medfield
Tighe Van Lenten, Sr., Masconomet

Westford's Drapeau commits to Loyola

October, 23, 2012
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Westford Academy junior attack Jay Drapeau has committed to play lacrosse at reigning Division 1 NCAA champion Loyola, the Grey Ghosts' official Twitter account announced today. He will join the Greyhounds' class of 2014 recruiting class.

Drapeau was among the state scoring leaders last season, tallying 122 points (96 G, 27 A). In his sophomore season, Drapeau was also named an Eastern Mass. All-American by the Lacrosse Coaches Association and was a second-team selection on the ESPN Boston All-State team in the spring.

He is also a standout on the Grey Ghosts hockey team, finishing second on the team in scoring last season with 14 goals and 25 assists for 49 points.

ESPN Boston boys' lacrosse All-State team

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FIRST TEAM
All-StateG - Doug Gouchoe, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
The Air Force-bound goalie backstopped the Patriots to their fourth state title and an undefeated season. The Eastern Mass. All-American recorded a .682 save percentage this season.
All-StateD - Max Randall, Sr., Duxbury
A true shut-down defender, the 5-foot-10 pole always drew the matchup of the opposing team’s top offensive threat. Randall, who will continue his lacrosse career at Dartmouth College next season, was named an Eastern Mass. All-American and also earned ESPN Boston All-State football consideration as a linebacker on the Dragons’ repeat Super Bowl title squad.

All-StateLSM - James Burke, Sr., Duxbury
One of the most dynamic talents in the state, the Penn State-bound long-stick did a little bit of everything for the Dragons, from winning ground balls off the wing on faceoffs to providing hounding defense. An Eastern Mass. All-American, Burke was also an ESPN Boston All-State football defensive team selection on.

All-StateLSM - Ryan Cassidy, Sr., Wellesley
Leading one of the state’s top defensive units, Cassidy led the Raiders to the Division 2 EMass finals at Harvard Stadium. On the season, the Amherst College-bound long-stick collected 175 ground balls.
All-StateLSM - Reilly Naton, Sr., Duxbury
Paired on the wing with Burke on Duxbury’s face-off set, the Yale commit was one of the state’s best players during the last couple of years. In addition to winning three state titles with the Dragons, Naton was also a starting safety on two Duxbury Super Bowl title-winning football teams.

All-StateM - Kurt Hunziker, Sr., Masconomet
One of the most physically intimidating forces in the state, the 6-foot-3 linebacker/tight end/midfielder extraordinaire was a force. Hunziker, a UMass-Amherst signee, earned back-to-back Eastern Mass. All-American nods in his junior and senior seasons.
All-StateM - Billy Polk, Sr., Dover-Sherborn
Among the top faceoff men in the state, the two-time All-American was also a scoring threat for the first-time Division 3 state champions. Also a multi-sport athlete, Polk plans to play both football and lacrosse at Colby College.
All-StateM - Kyle Soroka, Sr., Acton-Boxborough
A key element to the Colonials rise to prominence in the Dual County League this season. The Middlebury-bound middie was named an All-American after scoring 30 goals with 39 assists.
All-StateA - Kevin Blair, Sr., Hingham
A two-time Eastern Mass. All-American, Blair has been one of the most feared scorers in the state and was an ESPN Boston All-State second-teamer last season. Blair, who finished with over 100 points on the season, will attend Providence College next year.
All-StateA - Paul Hellar, Sr., Duxbury
While Duxbury’s defense got most of the headlines, Hellar proved the Dragons could score in bunches as well. The All-American was the fulcrum of the Duxbury attack and has signed a Letter of Intent to play at Fairfield University.
All-StateA - Nico Panepinto, Jr., Needham
The Fairfield commit showed why he was one of the most dynamic attacks in the state during the Rockets’ state final tilt with Duxbury. The All-American tallied 54 goals with 30 assists on the season.
All-StateFaceoff specialist – Henry Narlee, Jr., Duxbury
Ask any member of Duxbury’s coaching staff or its players and they’ll tell you their ninth state title in the last decade started at the faceoff X with Narlee. The midfielder won a high percentage of his draws and was more than capable of finishing on the rush as well.

Second Team
G - Connor Darcey, Sr., Wellesley
G - Jared Fong, Sr., Weston
G - Greg Stamatov, Sr., Foxborough
D - Matt O'Keefe, Sr., Duxbury
LSM - John Sexton, Soph., Lincoln-Sudbury
M - Henry Guild, Jr., Lincoln-Sudbury
M - Mark Riley, Sr., Needham
M - Chris Williams, Sr., Duxbury
A - Tucker Ciessau, Jr., Scituate
A - Jay Drapeau, Soph., Wesford Academy
A - Ben Melaugh, Sr., Billerica
Faceoff specialist – Clay Richard, Sr., Medfield

Best of the Rest - Honorable Mention
Henry Bumpus, Sr. D, Concord-Carlisle
Henry Buonagurio, Sr. G, Duxbury
Cody Carbone, Sr. A, North Reading
Matt Comerford, Jr. G, Reading
Jeff Desko, Sr. A, St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
Jackson Finigan, Sr. M, Concord-Carlisle
Conor Healy, Sr. A, Algonquin
Stephen Iodice, Sr. D, Weston
Cam Joyce, Sr. A, Archbishop Williams
Matt McIver, Sr. A, Andover
Tyler McKelvie, Sr. A, Acton-Boxborough
Cabot Noyce, Sr. A, Norwell
Joey Pasquale, Sr. A, Weston
D.J. Smith, Jr. G, Billerica
Tom Stanton, Sr. M, Catholic Memorial
Ian Yanulis, Jr. D, BC High

Coach of the Year
Tom Dalicandro, Concord-Carlisle

D1 boys' lax: BC High 11, Westford 9

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WESTFORD, Mass. -- Despite trailing for the majority of the game No. 10 seed BC High controlled the second half on both ends of the field and defeated No. 7 seed Westford Academy 11-9.

BC High used strong 6-on-6 defense and patient possession offense to hold the high powered Grey Ghosts offense to just two goals in the second half.

“We just settled down,” BC High head coach Ted Bibeau said. “I do not think we were ready for their speed and their shooting. That first half they kind of just jumped on us and buried some shots in the top corner. After that I think we just settled down and worked our match-ups.”

Westford Academy (15-5) got on the board first in the opening quarter as junior midfielder Ben Katz scored the first of his three goals on the day. Katz was amazing all afternoon for Westford Academy as he dominated the face-off circle and was also big in the midfield defense for the Grey Ghosts.

Westford Academy would lead 4-1 in the first quarter and controlled the early tempo of the game as they got up and down the field and moved the ball with pace. BC High, however, fought back and used timely offense to draw to within one goal at 7-6 at halftime.

BC High (12-8) came out in the second half and scored the first goal in the third quarter to tie the game at 7-7. The goal was scored with 9:05 on the clock as junior attack Alex O’Brien found senior attack Brendan Hogan for the first of their two hook-ups in the quarter.

Both teams would exchange goals until the 3:04 mark of the third quarter when junior middie Brendan Coholan would give BC High their first lead of the game at 9-8 on an unassisted tally.

“We started playing team defense and focused on not sliding from certain kids and helping on other kids,” Bibeau added.

The fourth quarter would begin with a quick game tying, transition goal by Westford Academy All-American sophomore attack Jay Drapeau (3 goals). The transition strike came only seven seconds into the quarter off of a Katz face-off win and an assist from junior attack Ian Speliotis.

BC High would take control of the game for the remainder of the quarter as their defense played as their defense stepped up to the task and senior middie Corey Davidson (3G) and senior attack Joe Buckley (3G) each added scores to seal the win.

Junior All-American defenseman Ian Yanulis (Duke Commit), senior defenseman Keegan Hayes (UMass), and senior long stick midfielder Jimmy Moynihan all stood out in front of senior goalie Jonathan Barton (Merrimack) in the second half.

Two Seasons: BC High struggled out of the gate this season as they began the year with a record of 1-7. Since their 9-3 loss to Xaverian on April 24 BC High has won 11 out of their last 12 games and is playing some of the best lacrosse in the state.

“We have just been coming back and coming back the entire year,” said Barton. “This has been what our entire season has been all about. We do not panic as we have been in games like that before this season.”

Rematch: BC High will face No. 2 Acton-Boxborough on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at A-B. Both teams are no strangers to each other as A-B knocked BC High out of the tournament last year, denied them a tournament appearance two years ago, and defeated them earlier this year by a score of 11-6 on April 21.

“In the first game with A-B we did not play our game, we played theirs,” Barton said. “We are excited to get a second shot at them this year and we will do what we can to get a W.”

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