Boston High School: Jim Wilcon

D3 boys' lax: Weston 12, Norwell 8

June, 5, 2012

HANOVER, Mass. -- Once the MIAA released its pairings for the Div. 3 East tournament, Weston head coach Jim Wilcon knew there was a chance his Wildcats would face Norwell in the quarterfinals.

“When I saw the draw, I said, ‘Oh, we may have to go against Norwell if we win a couple games,’ [and] that I knew was going to be tough,” Wilcon said. “Whether we [seek] revenge or whether we weren’t healthy the first time, none of that matters [because] they’re a great team.”

Norwell defeated Weston earlier this season, but struggled to keep pace with the Wildcats on Monday, as they transformed a three-goal halftime advantage into a 12-8 victory at Hanover High School to claim a spot in the semifinals on Thursday.

“I think it was just two good teams battling tonight, and we just got a couple breaks that went our way, and we got some momentum and stayed on top,” added Wilcon.

Weston’s Joey Pasquale powered the Wildcats attack with four strikes and Geoffrey Ziobro added three tallies, while Jordan Fong handed out three assists in the win.

“We came out hungry today,” exclaimed Pasquale. “We came off a loss against Norwell [three weeks ago] and we [wanted] our revenge because we know that we can compete with these guys, we can win this game, so we came out firing and I guess that we were just hungrier that they were today.”

“Norwell’s got a lot of firepower, and what we’ve been trying to do all season is get our possessions and get quality possessions and I think that was really one of the big keys that we got quality possessions and got the looks that we were looking for,” Ziobro added.

Both teams swapped leads for a majority of the opening frame, but after Norwell used one of its timeouts, Weston’s offense rattled off three consecutive tallies to secure a 5-2 lead at the break.

“We [knew we] could compete with these guys, we can beat these guys obviously, and to go out there and play our game,” Pasquale said of his opponent’s first-quarter timeout. “[We needed to] pass the ball, have good shots, and we will win the game when the clock runs out.”

Weston padded its lead once the second half started, as Pasquale recorded his third and fourth goals in the third quarter before the Wildcats constructed a 3-0 run to begin the fourth quarter. Ziobro, Jay Mussina and Adam Guerin each recorded a strike during the final frame before Norwell answered with a 5-0 run to conclude Monday’s contest.

“Our guys came to play, and we were ready and it was nice to be healthy. I think this was the first time we’re healthy – everybody’s healthy all year, so it was the right time for us, and again it was just a great game between two great teams and back and fourth a little bit, and I think we just made a couple more plays than they did,” said Wilcon.

Weston’s Offensive Firepower: Despite a back and fourth first quarter, Weston’s offense came to life after Pasquale netted his second goal at 1:50. The Wildcats complimented their teammate’s effort by producing nine additional tallies off ground balls, transitions and dodges to secure their third tournament victory.

“Our whole offense today was amazing, so I think that it’s a perfect time for us to be clicking right now going into [our next game against North Reading],” said Pasquale.

“I think when we take our time and share the ball, we have a lot of guys that have offensive skills, so we’re very good at being unselfish and making sure we make the extra pass, so I think that was really just part of it, and the momentum just started to build from there and we just kept it going,” said Wilcon.

Norwell’s Rally Comes Up Short: With eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, and Weston leading, 12-3, Norwell attempted to erase the deficit, but only mustered five goals before the final whistle sounded. Daniel Lockwood recorded two tallies, while Williams Waters, Joe Ricciuti, and Cabot Noyce notched one strike.

“I think that when the score gets to 12-3, you’re kind of check out a little bit, but I had to pull the troops together, and tell them that we’re not moving on until that clock hits zero, and it’s a little disappointing that we let those five goals in, but in the end we pulled it together, so I’m just glad we got the win,” Pasquale said.

Recap: No. 2 C-C 8, No. 13 Weston 3

May, 11, 2012
CONCORD, Mass. -- A few weeks ago, Concord-Carlisle needed a three-goal rally to defeat Dual County League foe Weston by one goal to preserve their perfect season.

On Thursday, the Patriots (12-0) relied on senior faceoff extraordinaire, Kevin Delehey (2G, 1A), who jumpstarted his team’s offense with five consecutive faceoff wins in the opening quarter, which helped C-C earn a two-goal lead that eventually ballooned into an 8-3 victory against the Wildcats.

“I was a little bit worried at halftime [because] we’ve had the ball the whole game, but I think our guys feed off each other, and we kept winning faceoffs and finally we sort of broke them down a little bit [and] separated enough to pull away,” C-C head coach Tom Dalicandro said.

The win also provided the Patriots with their fourth DCL Small conference crown.

“We didn’t want to be the team to [be remembered as the unit] that didn’t win the league [or] had to share their league with Weston,” said C-C senior Jackson Finigan, who finished the game with a hat trick. “We didn’t want to be those guys, so we knew our goal coming into the game and we finished strong.”

C-C’s offense dictated the first 7:50 of the contest by registering three tallies –- two by Finigan (3G, 1A), one by Delehey -– before Weston (10-4) capitalized on a late transition goal by senior Harrison Fontaine with 36 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.

The Patriots responded halfway through the second when Finigan tallied his third goal of the period before the Wildcats closed the half with a ‘man up’ goal by senior Joey Pasquale.

“Our coaches were talking to us before the game, they talked about how we’re going to have to run by sticks and that’s all we did the entire game. They tried to take my left away every single time it looked like, they would almost double team me in the middle, and then I would just keep pushing left and finish every single time,” Finigan said of his three-goal first half.

Once the third quarter commenced, C-C took advantage of various Weston mistakes and two man-up situations to push themselves ahead for good, as Delehey, juniors Charlie Painter and Graham Hunt, and freshman Will Blumenberg (1G, 1A) each netted one strike to secure the Patriots sixth division win of the season.

“We just decided that we had to push [in the second half],” Finigan said. “We talked about it all year, 10 goals has been the limit, we didn’t get there today, but we came out strong both in the first half and the start of the second, and I think it was really nice because it gave our defense a break for the first time, they’ve been holding us down every single day and ever single game they’ve been like the leader of our team, and we gave them a good break.”

Faceoffs Fueled the Patriots
Kevin Delehey may not be the biggest player on the field, but despite his average frame, he still knows how to defeat opponents at the face-off X.

“I practice a lot with my reaction time. Before games, I try to work on my clamps every pre-game warm up, and I’m not bigger than most kids, so I try to get a quick move off and get the ball out as fast as I can,” said the senior midfielder.

Against Weston, Delehey managed to win 10 faceoffs.

“It was really great because we got to possess the ball so much [following faceoffs], and any time we can keep the ball out of the hands of such a talented offense like Weston, it’s really nice,” Delehey said.

“He did a great job on face-offs,” Dalicandro added. “I think he won a lot of them to himself, it wasn’t like the wing play was really involved. Usually we split him and Will [Blumenberg], but he was winning so many that we kept him going, and that was a huge advantage for us. ”

Numerous Penalties Plagued Weston’s Attack
Weston recorded eight penalties, six of them in the second half, derailing their attack and allowing the Patriots to maintain momentum for the majority of the contest.

“You take penalties against C-C, and they’re going to hurt you because they have such good ball movement and they just have a lot of different guys that can shoot the ball, so we had to really play discipline defense, and part of that was on us and part of it is C-C creating those situations,” Weston head coach Jim Wilcon said. “Part of it’s on us, part of it is credit to C-C and that was just a piece of the game.”

WESTON, Mass. -- Henry Bumpus was doing what he’d been taught.

How it ended, that’s not exactly how Concord-Carlisle head coach Tom Dalicandro would’ve drawn it up.

Bumpus, the hulking 6-foot-6 senior defender, also a defensive end on the Patriots’ Super Bowl champion football team, became an unlikely hero in No. 2 C-C’s 7-6 win over Dual County League rival No. 13 Weston.

With a tie game and less than three minutes to play, Bumpus gathered a ground ball in his own end, streaked upfield and … well, he didn’t stop.

“I tried to call timeout, but I couldn’t speak,” Dalicandro said of the scene, watching his long pole in the offensive zone.

It must have been an imposing sight for Weston’s ESPN Boston All-State goaltender Jared Fong to gaze out and see Bumpus on the charge. But he continued on his beeline to the cage. Once Bumpus closed to 12 yards out, he fired. His initial shot clanged off the post, but, like a true power forward, he followed his shot and potted the game-winner.

“They were walking off on everyone else because I’m a long pole,” said Bumpus, who will continue his football career at Brown next year, “so I made a couple moves and took it to the net.”

Weston (8-2, 3-2 DCL) controlled more than three quarters of the action and took a 6-4 lead into the fourth.

That’s when C-C (8-0, 6-0) went on the offensive.

“When we got to 4-4, I felt pretty good,” Dalicandro said. “But when they went up 6-4, I didn’t think we were going to have the gas to get to seven.”

Kevin Delehey got the Patriots within a goal early in the fourth before junior middie Charlie Painter tied it with a shade under eight minutes to play.

“They made plays,” Weston head coach Jim Wilcon said. “There were a couple mistakes we could look at, there were maybe a couple of turnovers that gave them possessions. But I think a team like that, they cause the turnovers, they cause the mistakes.”

While the Wildcats fell short, they were a man-down per se without top scorer Joey Pasquale. The senior attack suffered a thigh contusion during Weston’s loss to Westford Academy.

Even without their leader, attacks Jordan Fong and Geoffrey Ziobro stepped up to fill the scoring duties admirably. And, in turn, the Wildcats nearly came away with an upset over their rival.

“I thought as a team we played pretty well today,” Wilcon said.

Recap: No. 11 Westford 10, No. 12 Weston 3

April, 26, 2012

WESTFORD, Mass. -- Test the slide, find the open man and react.

Westford Academy coach Matt Tholander may prep his team the same way for every opponent, but his players certainly knew how to attack Weston's zone defense on Thursday.

Driven by leading scorers Jay Drapeau and Alex Eaton, the host No. 11 Grey Ghosts (9-2) dominated scoring opportunities as they handed Dual County League foe No. 12 Weston its first loss of the season, 10-3.

“We are trying to initiate contact from behind or from the end alley where we try to get the adjacent defender to step to the ball,” Tholander said. “We send clear cutters through and we get a good look. The zone slowed us down a little bit, but we have good finishers on this team.”

Westford not only controlled the ball, but had 23 shots-on-goal to Weston's six.

Sophomore Jay Drapeau fronted the Grey Ghosts scoring effort with five goals and an assist, while teammate senior Alex Eaton buried three tallies and assisted a pair.

The two accounted for Westford's first six points as the Grey and Maroon jumped out to a 7-1 lead early in third quarter and never faltered.

“We draw the guy and dish it (to) find the open (man) in the slot,” said Drapeau. “The goalie was a leftie so we worked a lot on opposite shots.”

With eight man-up chances to Weston's four, Westford capitalized on three of its advantages including its first two goals. After Eaton and Wildcats senior Matt Martin traded 15-yard rips in the first two minutes, the Grey Ghosts senior used his scoring threat to draw the defense out from the side of the net for an open score by Drapeau and a 2-1 lead at 8:27 in the first.

After another goal from each in the initial period, Eaton ripped a side-arm effort off the wrist of Wildcats senior keeper Jared Fong late in the second quarter to enter the half up 5-1.

“We were hitting the skip passes,” Eaton said. “I am looking for the double team then I am looking for that dump right on the crease so we can get an easy shot.”

A no-look turnaround score by Drapeau and a unassisted effort off a missed slide by senior Pat Houghton put Westford up 7-1 a minute and a half into the second half. Weston responded with its final two goals from junior Jordan Fong and freshman Jay Messina.

Fong tested a zone defensive look with an open underhand goal at 8:05 in the third, while Messina slide behind a pair of defenders for a one-on-one with the keeper two minutes later.

“We wanted to slow the game down a bit because we know they are a very explosive offense,” Weston head coach Jim Wilcon said. “If we got the ball in and were able to settle it, we wanted to find the mismatch.”

A wide open counterattack finish by Grey Ghosts sophomore Ryan Hesseltine late in the third and a pair of fourth-quarter tallies from Drapeau helped Westford put away its small conference counterparts.

Jared Fong had 13 saves, while Grey Ghosts sophomore Peter Hargrave made five.

Our MIAA boys' lacrosse All-State team

June, 29, 2011
All-StateAttack - Kane Haffey, Duxbury
The Duxbury captain helped lead his team back to the top of Massachusetts’ Division 1 ranks, scoring six goals in the title game against St. John’s Prep. The All-American scored 43 goals with 18 assists this season and also helped Duxbury football to another Division 2A Super Championship in the fall. Haffey is headed to Phillips Exeter for a post-graduate year.

All-StateAttack – Connor Hall, Lincoln-Sudbury
The Warriors’ senior captain was named Dual County League Player of the Year after tallying 56 goals and 55 assists. The Eastern Mass. All-American was also named the Dual County League’s Player of the year and will attend Union College next year.

All-StateAttack – Will Stenberg, Needham
The two-time All-American finished his career with 432 points for the Rockets after posting 67 goals and 54 assists this season. Stenberg was also a three-time Eastern Mass. All-Star. The Rockets’ captain received Needham’s Leadership and Community Service award and will play lacrosse at SUNY-Albany.

All-StateAttack – Grant Whiteway, Billerica
The prolific Indians captain became one of just six high school players to ever crack the 500-point plateau, finishing with 539 points. Whiteway, a UMass-Amherst commit, also broke his single-season state scoring record (which he’d previously broken last year) with 182 points, including 116 goals, this year.

All-StateMidfield – Bryan Barry, Duxbury
The All-American wrapped up his senior season with 32 goals and 18 assists while helping the Dragons to their eighth state title in the last decade. Barry was also captain of Duxbury’s hockey team and will continue his lacrosse career at Fairfield next year.

All-StateMidfield – Thomas Flibotte, Cohasset
The two-time All-American finished his Skippers career with 285 points, including a 75-point season as a senior. Flibotte, who was also a standout on Cohasset’s football and wrestling teams, will play a prep lacrosse season with Deerfield Academy next year.

All-StateMidfield – Jimmy O’Connell, St. John’s Prep
The senior led the Eagles to their second straight D1 finals appearance, scoring 54 goals for 60 points. The National Honor student will attend Trinity College in the fall.
All-StateDefense – Michael Anastos, Concord-Carlisle
The All-American and three-year starter led the Patriots to a 20-2 season and an Eastern Mass. D2 finals appearance. The Patriots’ captain also served in the same role on C-C’s hockey team and was a DCL/MVC All-Star defenseman. The two-time Dual County League lacrosse all-star will attend Dennison University in the fall.

All-StateDefense – Peter Willauer, Duxbury
The senior captain and All-American built the foundation of the Dragons defense, leading Duxbury to its eighth state title in the last decade. The National Honor Society member will attend Colby College in the fall.
All-StateGoaltender – Connor Darcey, Wellesley
The junior All-American netminder led the Raiders to a 71.0 save percentage while being named the Bay State League’s MVP. The Penn State commit was also aggressive from the crease, scoring a goal and tallying and assist while scooping up 30 ground balls.

Attack – Kevin Blair, Hingham
Attack – Klye Guilbert, Walpole
Attack – Paul Hellar, Duxbury
Midfield – Sam Lawrence, Wellesley
Midfield – Billy Polk, Dover-Sherborn
Midfield – Kurt Hunziker, Masconomet
Midfield – Mark Riley, Needham
Defense – Mike Curley, Billerica
Defense - Eric Marcantonio, Lexington
Goaltender – Jeff Williams, Dover-Sherborn

Sam Aronson, G, Medfield
Seth Bird, A, Concord-Carlisle
Peter Crane, A, Wellesley
Ben Cook, D, Andover
P.J. Copponi, A, Dover-Sherborn
Dan Delaney, M, Lincoln-Sudbury
Jared Fong, G, Weston
Todd Galvin, A, BC High
Ty Martina, M, Marshfield
Nick Morello, A, Billerica
Connor Nugent, A, Framingham
Joey Pasquale, A, Weston
John Powers, A, Marshfield
Max Randall, D, Duxbury
Garrett Read, D, Medfield
Connor Roddy, A, Medfield
Jack Rodgers, G, Acton-Boxborough
Will Siefert, M, Duxbury
Cam Slatton, A, Billerica
Greg Stamatov, G, Foxborough
Paul Tocci, D, Lincoln-Sudbury
Tim Towler, M, Masconomet

Reilly Naton, Duxbury

BEST FOGO (Face-off, get-off)
Clay Richard, Medfield

Jim Wilcon, Weston

Weston claims 1st boys' lacrosse crown

June, 14, 2011

ALLSTON, Mass -- The Weston Wildcats captured their first ever boys' lacrosse state championship winning the Division 3 title, 5-4, over Dover-Sherborn.

But they were just happy be there.

“We really had no expectations,” Weston junior attack Joe Pasquale said. “Everyone was saying we were going to loose. We’ve always been the underdogs this season and then we came back, and today we’ve proved them wrong.”

Weston (20 -2) came out of the gates flying and scored just six seconds after the opening faceoff, Pasquale (4G, 1A) assisting Kyle Nickerson for the only score of the first quarter.

“It was kinda like shock,” Pasquale said of the first goal. “We were like, OK we just got a goal we can do this, that’s how it’s going to be for the rest of the game and we’re not letting down”

Pasquale then doubled the lead with his first goal of the afternoon, a snipe from 12 yards out after cutting nicely inside to his left at 8:07 of the second quarter.

It looked like P.J. Copponi had scored Dover-Sherborn’s (19-3) first goal at 4:10, but a crease violation waived off the score. However, the Raiders got the goal they were looking for just under a minute later when Ben Newbert (1G, 1A) finished low off of a nice feed from Jared Spence (1G, 1A).

Pasquale scored the final goal of the first half, on a wrap around effort from behind the cage, and Weston took a 3-1 lead into halftime.

Spence returned the favor to Newbert for Dover–Sherborn’s second goal at 8:38 of the third, but then Weston goalie Jared Fong (14 saves) put on a show. Fong had three crucial saves in the final 5:25 of the quarter including one at the buzzer to deny Robert Simms.

But Fong wasn’t taking any credit.

“It was a lucky save,” said the humble junior keeper. “It was a whole team effort. “

“We’re all pretty proud of Jared, he’s a great goalie,” Wildcats head coach Jim Wilcon said. “He seems to player bigger in big games.”

Pasquale scored his fourth goal of the game 1:59 into the fourth quarter with Matt Knight assisting making it 5-2 Weston but Raiders brought the game to within two goals moments later when sophomore Brandon Jaeger finished off a nice pass that Copponi sent from behind the net. D-S made it a one goal game with just 10 seconds remaining, but there wasn’t enough time for an equalizer.

“We didn’t finish our shots, and they played great,” Dover-Sherborn head coach Brian McLaughlin. “I though we had a some good opportunities in the first half, we just didn’t capitalize on them.”

“They’re well coached, they’re the best team we played all year,” Wilcon said of Dover-Sherborn. “It took everything we had to beat them.”