Boston High School: Tom Bannan

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

June, 13, 2013
6/13/13
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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.”

MIAA boys' lacrosse championship picks

June, 11, 2013
6/11/13
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DIVISION 3

Dover Sherborn (18-4) vs. Cohasset (17-3)

Players to watch: D-S – D Rogers Boylan, A Matt Davies, G Ryan Goodall, M Matt Huemme, A Brandon Jaeger; Cohasset – G Jack Conte, LSM Tim Gillis, M Will Golden, A John Mills, M Colin Whelan.

Breakdown: The Raiders eye their second straight Division 3 title, but face a Skippers team that has won nine straight games dating back to a May 9 regular-season loss to D2 finalist Hingham. D-S feeds off of their goaltender, Goodall, who is equally adept making tough stops as he is springing the transition game with his long-strike passing ability. The Skippers are guided to Harvard by first-year head coach James Beaudoin, who hopes to lead the program to its first championship since 2010.

X-factor: For the skippers to win, they’ll need Golden to bring his A-game to the faceoff X and control play. He’s capable.

Pick: D-S 11, Cohasset 7.

DIVISION 2 WEST/CENTRAL SEMIFINAL

Longmeadow (23-0) vs. St. John’s of Shrewsbury (18-3)

Players to watch: Longmeadow – A Kevin Barry, M Eric Barsalou, G Matt Draymore, M Keegan Dudeck, A Zack Lukus; SJS – G Andrew Arnold, A Hunter Burdick, A Josh Freilich, FOGO Connor Maloney, A/M Andrew Smiley.

Breakdown: The two district champions met once during the regular season, with the Lancers invading Shrewsbury and keeping their perfect season in tact with a 10-8 victory. Both of these teams have their share of offensive firepower, but they can also stop it, highlighted by Pioneers pole Aidan Fox. As their prior meeting, this game will likely be decided by the midfielders and which team is able to win 50-50 ground balls.

X-factor: Another matchup where I’ll be watching the faceoff X. Maloney will need to be on point for the Pioneers to reverse the previous result.

Pick: Longmeadow 11, St. John’s 10 (OT).

DIVISION 2 EASTERN MASS

Hingham (21-3) vs. Medfield (21-3)

Players to watch: Hingham – G Tommy Bannan, M Caleb Brodie, M Jacob Brodie, A David Freitas, D Jack Ullrich; Medfield – D Ben Cox, M Matt Crowell, A Andrew Melvin, G Robert Treiber.

Breakdown: The last time these teams squared off at Harvard Stadium (2010), the result was a double-overtime instant classic. The Warriors, who were then on a run of two straight state titles, hope the result is near the same. These squads have been near lights-out in front of their goaltenders, so expect a low-scoring struggle.

X-factor: Cox and Ullrich: Two of the state’s best operating in their own end, they are game-changers.

Pick: Medfield 7, Hingham 5.

DIVISION 1

Lincoln-Sudbury (18-2) vs. Xaverian (15-6)

Players to watch: L-S – M Dan Delaney, A Jordan Dow, M Chris Giorgio, A Matt Hall, LSM Eamon Hunter, LSM John Sexton; Xaverian – D Rob Breed, M Ryan McClellan, M Ryan Scheib, A D.J. Sperzel, M Jack Wheeler.

Breakdown: It’s been a while since the two teams met in the first week of the season on April 6 (a 10-5 win for L-S), and many things have changed. The No. 1 seed Warriors held serve through the bracket, running through their opponents by a combined score of 41-11 on the road to Harvard. Meanwhile, the Hawks had to dispatch last year’s D1 finalist Needham and fend off Catholic Conference rival BC High — in overtime – in the semifinals.

X-factor: It doesn’t matter where he is (taking faceoffs, on defense, on the man-up), Sexton is a force. It’s always worth watching the manner in which head coach Brian Vona deploys Sexton in the game plan.

Pick: L-S 9, Xaverian 6.

D2 East lacrosse: Hingham 8, Beverly 4

June, 10, 2013
6/10/13
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HINGHAM, Mass. – On the precipice of returning to Harvard Stadium for the Division 2 East championship game for the first time since 2010, Hingham lacrosse head coach John Todd and his team had one thing at mind – transition. In particular, in regard to the Harbormen’s Sunday opponent, No. 5 seed Beverly, they simply couldn’t afford to let the Panthers run amok.

Hingham effectively snuffed out Beverly’s potent transition attack during the teams’ sectional semifinal matchup. In fact, the Harbormen turned the game on its head, building an 8-1 lead in the third quarter. While the Panthers showed some late signs of life in the fourth, Hingham held on for an 8-4 win, clinching its ticket to Harvard.

"I think we were able to get up and down more than I thought we going to be able to,” Todd said, “which was huge because they are an up-tempo team and we focused all on making sure we were taking that away from them. We were able to do that and then from that, a lot more up-and-down for us became available. It was not necessarily shocking but pleasantly surprising."

Hingham (21-3) will face No. 2 seed Medfield in Wednesday’s sectional championship game. It is also a rematch of the Harbormen’s last Harvard appearance, a game which the Warriors won in double overtime.

On Sunday, Hingham’s defense started with goaltender Tom Bannan’s 12 saves, but it extended to the midfield, where the Harbormen were tasked with slowing down the Panthers’ fleet-footed attack, led by Ryan Shipp (2 G).

However, Hingham’s midfielders and poles interrupted Beverly’s pace of play in the first half, while working in transition in the opposite direction. David Freitas and Jacob Brodie carried the offensive unit with three goals each for the Harbormen, but their offensive production had much more to do with the work that was conducted in their own end.

“We’ve been better six-on-six recently, but they kind of took us out of our offense in the first half,” Panthers head coach John Pynchon said. “They weren’t going to allow us to do the things we wanted to do and they forced us into more situations going in one-on-one. And it took us out of the flow of our offense.”

Bannan praised the work of the defense in front of him, namely defenseman Jack Ullrich, which all went according to plan.

“Transition defense did a great job compared to last game, we struggled a little bit,” Bannan said. “This game, I don’t even know if we gave up one in transition.”

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