Boston High School: Jonathan Barton

D1 boys' lax: Needham 12, BC High 7

June, 10, 2012
NEEDHAM, Mass. -- Needham is heading to Harvard.

The No. 6 seed Needham Rockets took down No. 10 B.C. High on Saturday, 12-7, in the East Division 1 Semifinal, to move ahead to the Final at Harvard Stadium on Wednesday.

“Playing at Harvard has been a goal that these guys have set since I would say even years back,” Needham head coach Dave Wainwright said. “For us, last year we missed it by a goal against Saint John’s Prep to get there. We feel like that final piece of the journey is now – it’s now there for us. So we’re excited to say the least.”

The Rockets (16-5) lit up in the fourth quarter netting six goals –- a total they combined in the first three -- but the final frame was cat-and-mouse action with a 2-1-2 pattern in their favor.

Up 6-4, Needham’s Mark Riley (3 G) tallied his second straight shot -- the team’s first of the fourth quarter -- at 10:15, running up the middle against BC High’s Jonathan Barton in net. Timmy Parlato followed with a similar shot just eight seconds later for the double lead over the Eagles (13-9).

“Big sigh out of me,” Wainwright said. “When Timmy does big moments like that and becomes that big playmaker that he has been all season for us, we know things are going in the right direction.”

BC High’s Corey Davidson (2 G), who had a big game in the Eagles’ last match, answered with his second of the game at 8:47 on a bouncing shot on Needham’s Lucas Davis.

The Rockets fired back with two straight goals. At 6:48, Nico Panepinto (3 G) twisted his body in the circle to lay the ball in and, at 5:37, Mike Vespa scored from the left wing with James Caruso (2 G, 1 A) assisting.

Alex O’Brien netted B.C. High’s sixth goal at 4:35, but really Needham was taking charge. Nico Panepinto tallied again at 4:22 in front of the goal and Caruso scored the 12th at 3:22 on an open net.

BC High’s Brendan Hogan put the final ball in with 2:20 remaining.

Needham held a 3-0 lead after goals by Mikey Panepinto, Riley and Jamie McGill. BC High came within one for a 3-2 score after goals at 4:27 and 3:01, but again Needham put two past Barton in quick succession at 2:11 and 2:05. B.C. pulled within two to end the first half.

Davis made 18 saves in between the pipes and drew the praises of his coach.

“I don’t really get tired of answering questions about a kid that has been playing for me since eighth grade,” Wainwright said. “He’s an absolute joy to have, an absolute pleasure for our defense to play for. My guys, like I’ve said before and I”ll say it again, they rally to play for him and [Davis] feeds off that confidence and that’s why he’s able to do the things he does.

“[He] kind of came out and he felt a little uneasy because, like everyone, they’re high school kids and they felt some nerves, and his veteran leadership and his ability to take from his experience in the past two years, he was able to really put it on the field today.”

Needham will face No. 1 Duxbury in the final at 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday. Duxbury more than doubled up No. 4 Lincoln-Sudbury, 18-6, on Saturday.

“We’re looking forward to it because we’ve seen them before and, when you’ve seen something, the mystery is now gone,” Wainwright said. “It’ll be gone for both teams and I realize that. But I feel like we’re going to give it our best shot, and you know what, no one is really going to pick us, but we’re going to be the ones to hopefully be that spoiler.”

D1 boys' lax: BC High 12, A-B 8

June, 7, 2012
ACTON, Mass. -- The magical ride continued on Wednesday for No. 10 seed BC High as it defeated second-seeded Acton-Boxborough, 12-8, in an MIAA Division 1 quarterfinal game Wednesday.

BC High has now won 12 of their last 13 games after starting the season 1-7 and have neutralized two of the state’s top offenses in the post-season in Westford Academy and Acton-Boxborough.

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Ryan Kilian/ESPNBoston.comCorey Davidson scored eight goals in BC High's win.
“We have played 21 games and 19 have been against tournament teams,” BC High head coach Ted Bibeau said. “Every team we have played has been tough competition. It would have been really easy for our kids to quit after starting 1-7 but they came to work every week and got better and better. I am just thrilled to be in the final four right now.”

BC High received one of the best individual performances of the 2012 season from midfielder Corey Davidson. The senior scored eight goals and added one assist for BC High in the win.

“Corey was an absolute beast,” Bibeau said. “I am just thrilled for him. For him to make plays like he did today on a big stage like this was just huge.”

Davidson converted on 8 of 13 shots on the day and was all over the field on offense, defense and on ground balls.

“I just went where I saw the openings and it worked well today,” said the humble Davidson.

A-B (16-4) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as All-American attack Tyler McKelvie found the back of the net at the 10:34 mark in the opening quarter. BC High (13-8) would follow McKelvie’s goal by scoring seven of the games next eight goals to take a 7-2 lead into the halftime break.

The combination of Davidson’s dodging and converting and BC High’s strong 6-on-6 defense were the key factors in the first half. Davidson scored six of BC High’s seven first half goals with the other coming from a dodge and rip from senior midfielder Barrett Coholan.

“Corey [Davidson] is a great player,” BC goalie Jonathan Barton said. “He has those days like today when he plays lights out and today was one of those.”

Barton (10 saves) and the defense also played disciplined, sound defense and did not allow many early opportunities for A-B.

“Keegan (Hayes), Ian (Yanulis), Aidan (Keohane) and Jimmy (Moynahan) all have my back all the way,” Barton said.” If we stop teams in transition and they get them into a 6-on-6 I think we can run with anyone.”

A-B came out of the half with renewed energy as they got quick goals from Thomas Cotter and Casey Frank to cut the lead to three goals with seven minutes remaining in the third quarter. BC High would then answer those goals with two of their own as Coholan added his second score on a man-up strike and Yanulis would go coast to coast with the long pole to add the other.

BC High would lead 10-4 at the end of three quarters and hold on for the 12-8 victory despite A-B never giving in and playing all the way to the final horn.

McKelvie (4 G), Kyle Soroka (2G) and Andrew Loblundo (1G) all played well offensively for A-B who end their season with a 16-4 overall record.

Final Four Bound: BC High advances to the D1 semifinal (Final Four) and will travel to take on Needham on Friday at 4 p.m.

Needham defeated Masconomet 9-8 on Wednesday. This is the second consecutive year that Needham has defeated Masconomet to advance to the semifinals.

“We have just been on a roll and it feels awesome,” Davidson said. “To be honest when we started our season (1-7) I did not know if we would be here today. Our coaches just do a great job and they will have us ready for Needham on Saturday.”

D1 boys' lax: BC High 11, Westford 9

June, 4, 2012

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.”

Preseason MIAA boys' lacrosse All-State team

April, 2, 2012
The high school lacrosse season kicks off this week for many top teams across the state.

Here is our preseason MIAA boys' lacrosse All-State team, as compiled by staff and correspondents.

Kevin Blair, Sr., Hingham
Peter Crane, Sr., Wellesley
Seamus Connelly, Sr., Duxbury
Jeff Desko, Sr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
Jackson Finigan, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
Paul Hellar, Sr., Duxbury
Matt McIver, Sr., Andover
Cabot Noyce, Sr. , Norwell
Nico Panepinto, Jr., Needham
Joey Pasquale, Sr., Weston
Connor Roddy, Sr., Medfield
Cam Slatton, Sr., Billerica

Dan Delaney, Jr., Lincoln-Sudbury
Alex Eaton, Sr., Westford Academy
Kurt Hunziker, Sr., Masconomet
Jonathan Lee, Sr., Hopkinton
Kyle Livingstone, Sr., Cohasset
Drew O’Connell, Soph., St. John's Prep
Billy Polk, Sr., Dover-Sherborn
Mark Riley, Sr., Needham
Oliver Saffery, Sr., Wellesley
Kyle Soroka, Sr., Acton-Boxborough
Tim Towler, Sr., Masconomet

Clay Richard, Sr., Medfield

Long Stick Middies:
James Burke, Sr., Duxbury
Reilly Naton, Sr., Duxbury

Henry Bumpus, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
Ryan Cassidy, Sr., Wellesley
Pat Hannigan, Sr., Hanover
Jay McDermott, Sr., Duxbury
Nate Menninger, Sr., Newton North
Matt O’Keefe, Sr., Duxbury
Max Randall, Sr., Duxbury
Paul Tocci, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury
Brian Uva, Jr., St. John's Prep
Ian Yanulis, Jr., BC High

Jonathan Barton, Sr., BC High
Henry Buonagurio, Sr., Duxbury
Connor Darcey, Sr., Wellesley
Jared Fong, Sr., Weston
Doug Gouchoe, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
Miles McCarthy, Sr., Catholic Memorial
D.J. Smith, Jr., Billerica
Greg Stamatov, Sr., Foxborough