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D2 semifinal: Medfield 14, Shrewsbury 1

June, 11, 2014
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WORCESTER, Mass. -- Medfield made it look easy Tuesday night, dominating all phases of the game and rolling to a 14-1 victory over Shrewsbury in a Division 2 state semifinal.

The Warriors (22-2) dominated the face-off X, winning 16 of 18 face-offs thanks to the play of All-American Brian Brissell, and buried the Colonials (20-5) with a series of cuts and pinpoint passes that allowed senior Tyler Hagan to score four goals and classmate Jack Isaf to add a hat trick.

"When you move the defense on every dodge, it makes it hard for them to think about who’s got slide help, and when they go for that slide somebody behind them cuts and gets open," Medfield coach John Isaf said. “It really depends on what we see from the sideline and how aggressive they’re being on defense. How hard they’re sliding and things like that. Then we’ll go with whatever works.”

Medfield asserted itself right from the start, scoring four goals in the game's opening six minutes, including two by Isaf before two minutes had rolled off the clock. The Warriors would then take a 6-0 lead into the second quarter. Senior Matthew Treiber scored a pair early in the second, and Hagan went on an individual three-goal run to push the score to 11-0 at intermission.

"It was just off-ball cuts for me," Hagan said of his productive night. "They seemed to kind of take their mind off the off-ball cuts and seemed to fall asleep a little bit, so a couple of those goals I just kind of snuck by."

Senior captain Matthew Crowell scored his second goal less than a minute into the third quarter, but Shrewsbury's All-American goalie Chris Gorman made four saves the rest of the period to momentarily stop the bleeding. But Isaf completed his hat trick less than two minutes into the fourth, pushing the game into "running clock" mode, and Thomas Sears scored his second of the game just two minutes later.

By the time Derick Tinsley got Shrewsbury on the board with five minutes to play in the fourth, Medfield had already scored 14 times.

After the game, Shrewsbury coach Nate Skermont was pleased with his team's effort, but said the Colonials simply ran into one of the state's elite teams.

"When they (Medfield) have the ball, there are three or four things that they can do to beat you that teams in Central Mass can't do," Skermont said. "I was pleased with our effort. We knew what we wanted to do, and we did it, but we just ran into a team that was that much better (Tuesday)."

For the Colonials, it was a bitter end to what had been a season of firsts. Shrewsbury captured its first district championship in program history Saturday with a win over Westfield, and scored one of the biggest wins in program history the previous Tuesday against rival St. John's in the district semifinas.

"I would not trade this team for any team anywhere," Skermont said of this year's Colonials. "That will never change. We will always be champions. Nobody can ever take that away from us. We're district champs, something nobody in our school has ever done, and we'll always be the first to do that, and I'll always cherish that and always have these kids' backs.”

Medfield will now move on to the Division 2 state championship game at Boston University's Nickerson Field. The Warriors will face Hingham in a rematch of last season's Division 2 Eastern Mass final. Game time has yet to be set.

D2 EMass lax: Medfield 11, Hingham 10 (OT)

June, 13, 2013
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ALLSTON, Mass. – No. 1 seed Hingham and No. 3 Medfield would go toe-to-toe on Wednesday afternoon in a classic Eastern Massachusetts Division 2 boys’ lacrosse final. With both teams being so evenly matched, it would be only fitting that the game would end in overtime,

With 2:10 on the clock in overtime, Medfield attack Andrew Melvin would win it, as the senior beat his man to the cage from behind the net to give Medfield an 11-10 overtime victory. The win sends Medfield (22-3) back to the Division 2 state championship for the third time in four years.

“When it comes down to overtime at Harvard, you need to put the ball in the stick of your senior leader and the quarterback of our offense,” Medfield defenseman Ben Cox said after the game. “That is Andrew, and he stepped up big for us today.”

Medfield led early and took a 7-4 advantage to the half as they controlled the possessions and did a great job of executing their scoring opportunities.

Cox (1 assist) and goalie Robert Treiber (8 saves) both did their job on the day as the tandem helped contain a dangerous Hingham offense for most of the half.

Trailing by three goals Hingham would come out of the half and score the next three on goals from David Freitas (3 G, 1A), Matt Giarrusso and Boyce Bleak to tie the game at 7-7.

Treiber made the save of the day as the goalie stopped a late opportunity that would have given Hingham the lead heading into the fourth quarter.

“Robert [Treiber] stood on his head,” Cox said. “I think they hit him once in the face, and were buzzing shots at him.”

Despite going back and forth in the final quarter it would be Medfield who would take the control of the game in the final minutes of play as freshman John Maclean (2G) and junior Matt Cahill would score big goals to give Medfield a 10-8 lead late in the final quarter.

Medfield’s offensive balance was highlighted by the play of a trio of freshmen, including Mclean, Matthew Treiber and Nigel Reiff.

“Great composure, good maturity, and we brought them along the entire season,” Medfield head coach John Isaf said of his freshmen. “We have been giving them increasing levels of responsibility and building their confidence. John (Mclean), Nigel (Reiff), and Matt (Treiber) are all guys that have really helped us.”

Despite trailing by two goals late in the game Hingham’s Patrick Burke and Jacob Brodie would net the ninth and tenth goals of the game for Hingham as they tied the game, 10-10, with just 24.7 seconds remaining in the game on Brodie’s goal.

Hingham’s (21-4) spirited comeback would last midway into the first overtime period as Melvin would find the back of the net to help send Medfield back to the state championship game on Friday night (7 p.m.) at Foley Field in Worcester.

“I was here my freshman and sophomore year and I was sitting on the bench and not getting much time,” Melvin said. “I feel like now, as seniors, we have earned it. We are excited and pumped to get back out to Worcester.”

Defenseman Jack Ullrich (1G) and goalie Tommy Bannan (9 saves) played well for Hingham in defeat.

“Hingham is a very talented team,” Isaf said. “They are well coached. They were very patient in the second half and got some good looks.”

Medfield’s Matthew Crowell (1G) and faceoff man Brian Bissell also shined for the winners.

Medfield’s win sets up a date with Western Mass. champion Longmeadow, who defeated St. John’s of Shrewsbury, 15-6, in Wednesday night’s Western vs. Central battle.

“One more game,” Isaf told his team after the game. “You guys got one more goal, and one more ground ball today.”

Medfield will need to continue to take advantage of the loose balls , team depth and clutch playmaking as they look to avenge a 16-1 mid-season drubbing at the hands of Longmeadow.

“We go seven middies deep,” Isaf said. “The whole D-middie group; we go five attack deep and it helps us stay fresh come the fourth quarter and in overtime which helps us make a play like that.”

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