Boston High School: Kyle Nickerson
June, 14, 2011
By James Walsh | ESPNBoston.com
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.”