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Our MIAA boys' lacrosse All-State team

June, 29, 2011
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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.

SECOND TEAM
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

BEST OF THE REST
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

BEST LONGSTICK MIDFIELDER
Reilly Naton, Duxbury

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

COACH OF THE YEAR
Jim Wilcon, Weston

No. 5 Marshfield stays perfect against Hingham

May, 23, 2011
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MARSHFIELD, Mass. — It’s a question posed to just about every coach in every sport when their team carries an unblemished record this far into a season: Do you lose a meaningless late-season game or go for broke and attempt the undefeated season?

After the Marshfield boys' lacrosse team ran its record to a perfect 18-0 with two games to play thanks to a 12-8 win over Hingham (15-3) on Monday at the Paul Deftus Fields, Rams head coach Rick Bagby was quick to give his answer on the matter.

“People always say would you rather lose one to get the taste in your mouth, no thanks,” said Bagby. “I’ll take it to the last game of the season to Harvard. … We want to try to win every game. I have no interest in losing a game, so we will see.”

It’s easy to see why these balanced Rams have maneuvered their way through the schedule without a scratch on the record. Tyler Martina and John Powers both picked up four-goal games against Hingham, and the goal was well protected by a 17-save performance from Will Contento.

The Rams were out and running the first quarter with transition goals from Martina and Powers. Contento actually sparked the second goal of the game as he ran from his crease all the way to the Hingham net, fired a shot on Derek McInnis (28 saves) and Powers was there to scoop in the rebound.

But the Harbormen were able to slow down the runnin’ Rams and pick apart the defense to take a 5-4 lead going into the half. The Rams were also putting themselves in man-down situations because of over-aggressiveness, so Bagby had to reel in his bunch when the break came.

“We were playing emotionally, not with emotion,” said Bagby. “I said we can’t play this game emotionally. You got to play with emotion, but if you let the emotions take over then you are out of sync. They needed to channel their energy, settle down and play smart.”

Play smart is exactly what they did. Connor Bagby’s hustle in the Harbormen zone led to second possessions for the Rams and they were able to capitalize. Martina tied the game at 5 with 11:19 left to play in the third as he maneuvered his way through the middle to beat McInnis. Tyler Virtue scored his lone goal to give the Rams a lead for good with 10:13 to go and Powers scored two straight to pull away.

“They got on a run and they broke us,” said Hingham head coach John Todd. “That’s the spurt that they needed to kind of knock the wind out of us a little bit. We couldn’t dig back.”

The Harbormen did score the next two goals after the four-goal spurt, but the Rams got two goals from Martina in the fourth and tallies from Matt Entwistle and Mike Carbone to got on a 4-1 run to end the game.

“We just tried to get up quick and see where it took us,” said Martina. “We tried to keep the pressure on them and work their defense.”

Marshfield has tilts against Hanover and Plymouth North this week to try run the regular season to 20-0.

“Our main goal is a state championship against Duxbury,” said Powers. “We want them so bad.”

No. 14 Marshfield claims Chowda Cup tourney

April, 16, 2011
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COHASSET, Mass. -- The Chowda Cup tournament will always be held close in the heart of Marshfield head coach Rick Bagby.

Four years ago, when Bagby was the head coach at Scituate, he teamed with Scituate native Bill Gray to put the two-day lacrosse tourney together to celebrate the memories of five players from Scituate and Cohasset who tragically passed away well before their time.

Former Cohasset players Bourke Corcoran and Justin Langham were both lost to car accidents in their youth, as was Scituate's Tim Mahoney. Former BC High players from the area P.J. Trendowicz and Ryan Flannery are also commemorated and played for both Bagby and former Cohasset coach Stew Curran when both coached the Eagles.

Fittingly, one of the tournament's founders was able to raise the championship trophy for the third time as a coach. Will Contento stopped 14 shots and was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament, while Ty Martina, Connor Bagby, John Powers and Matt Entwistle each scored two goals as No. 14 Marshfield defeated No. 12 Cohasset, 9-4, in the Chowda Cup final at Cohasset's Alumni Field.

"They were such great kids," said Coach Bagby of the five players in whose honor the tournament is held. "We had a speech before the first games and I told all four teams to play with a lot of pride and a lot of passion. Respect the game, respect your opponents, the referees, the coaches. That's how those kids played the game. I would do anything to have them back here with us. I get choked up talking about it. I miss those guys so much."

Marshfield (5-0) set the tone on defense, and with two starters out had to rely on reserves Brennan Quackenbush and Luke Cavallaro to fill those minutes alongside Ryan Connors, Jake Norris and Colin Clark.

Long stick midfielder Josh White played brilliantly within the confines of the Rams' "Tiger Zone" defense, shadowing Cohasset star and returning All-American Thomas Flibotte while his teammates stepped up to help with double and triple teams. A lot of the extra attention paid to Flibotte was because the Skippers were without do-it-all midfielder Kyle Livingstone, who suffered a broken thumb a week ago against Barnstable.

Behind them was Contento, a first-year starter playing in his biggest game thus far. The senior proved more than up to the task, joining his defensive mates in holding the Skippers scoreless in the first half.

"It was incredible. It's my first experience as a goalie in the Chowda Cup and I can't explain how good a feeling this is," Contento said. "My defense was incredible today. We were missing a couple of starters but I wasn't even worried going into the game because I knew those guys could step in and do what they did and they played incredible."

John McGoldrick scored twice for Cohasset, with Flibotte and Alex Evans getting the others.

"It's bittersweet because I coached with these guys last year," added Cohasset coach Thomas Flanagan, who was a Rams assistant after three years as the head coach at Norwell. "They came in and played hard. We had a couple of good looks in the beginning and we didn't score, and when they had their looks, they did score. That was the big difference."

In the consolation game, Sharp Jones scored four goals and freshman Jake Reynolds made 11 saves as Scituate (4-1) topped Catholic Memorial, 10-3. John Brown and Harold Gerbis each added a pair for the Sailors.

All-Tournament Team: Will Contento (MVP), Ty Martina, Connor Bagby, Josh White and Ryan Foohey (Marshfield); Sam Leahy, T.J. Bicknell, Thomas Flibotte and John McGoldrick (Cohasset); Tucker Ciessau, Lucas Barisano and Jake Reynolds (Scituate); Chris Ryan and Miles McCarthy (Catholic Memorial).

Marshfield does it for Perry, wins D1 crown

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BOSTON -- To get his teammates pumped up for Sunday's Division I state championship game against Wakefield, Marshfield captain Chris Perry wrote the beginnings of a what would have been an impressive inspirational novel.

One he never got to finish, due to a the serious leg injury he suffered midway through the contest.

No matter. The Rams finished the epic for him, winning in masterful, come from behind fashion, 3-2, before a raucous crowd at TD Garden.

Sophomore Mike Carbone netted the game-winner with 1:31 left in the third period, two minutes after his linemate Connor McLean had tied the score 2-2.

Carbone's goal, a wicked wrister from the right dot, secured the Rams their second ever state crown, and first since 2006.

Carbone said Perry, who suffered a severed femoral artery in his right leg after a collision with Wakefield's John Sartell, was very much on his mind as he scored what proved to be the biggest goal in his life.

“He's my best friend,” said Carbone. “That means a lot. But us winning the state championship has sunk in as much as it will tomorrow. Or a year from now.”
Senior forward Ryan Connors echoed the thought.

“He was my center man,” Connors said. “Since he couldn't be here, we wanted to get the win for him. He wrote a good speech to get us all going in the locker room. He wasn't there to give us another one after the game.”

The Rams held a noticeable edge in play during the scoreless opening period.

Wakefield goalie Joe Cerulo passed the stiffest test of the stanza, when, at 10:31, he reacted to Joe Amirand's 10 foot deflection of Jon Fraser's point shot.

Cerulo, however, had no chance at all on Connors' fluky goal, which opened the scoring just 24 seconds into the second period. Connors was attempting to pass the puck out of the left corner to his younger brother Jimmy. Instead instead, he hit a perfect bank shot off of the leg of Warriors' defender John Sartell, leaving Cerulo (25 saves) with no time to react.

“I got pretty lucky,” said Connors. “We were just doing everything we could to get the puck to the net. It just went our way.”

The mood in the Garden was darkened, when, at 3:38, Perry, the club's top line winger, went down.

Perry was chasing the puck near the red line when he and Sartell collided, throwing Perry into the boards. Perry was inadvertantly gashed by Sartell's skate. After being tended to for about five minutes, was wheeled off, and taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for surgery.

“It looks like he's going to be okay,” said a relieved Dan Connolly, Marshfield's coach, who relied heavily on Perry in all situations. “Up until that play he was our best player. He was unbelievable. He's the catalyst on our team. When our kids saw that, it was like, 'oh, no, what's going to happen now.”



The loss of Perry knocked the Rams off stride, but not for good.

“He's a big player for us,” said senior defenseman Pat Cull. “We knew he wanted it just as bad as we did. We knew we had to do it for him.”

The Warriors knotted the score, 1-1, via Adam Giancola's power play goal, at 11:04.

Giancola cut to the right post, and when Rams goalie Kyle Moran (17 stops) kicked out Brett Buckley's attempt from the left side, Giancola pounced on the rebound and buried it. Giancola tallied again, 31 seconds into the third period, to give Wakefield its only lead, 2-1, after Alec Brown hit him with a nifty cross crease pass.
But with 3:35 left in the third, McLean rerouted Ty Martina's centering feed, to make it 2-2.

Then, with momentum, and inspiration, clearly in the Rams' corner, McLean hit Carbone in full stride with a pass up the right wing.

Carbone took it from there, motoring to within 25 feet before zipping home the winning goal.

“It was a really good shot,” said Cerulo. “I have to give him credit. If I'd been out a few more inches, I would have had that.”

Said Moran, his opposite number, “We knew that ewe had the heart, we'd be able to take it all the way. And we did.”



BOURNE, Mass. –- Even though Marshfield went into the first intermission down one goal, Rams head coach Dan Connolly wasn’t discouraged.

And he didn’t worry either when his team fell behind by two goals.

“I thought we played well and we carried the play,” Connolly said. “They just capitalized on both their chances.”

Then, as though a switch had been turned on, the Rams took off. After falling behind second seed Barnstable 2-0 midway through the second period of Friday night’s Division 1 South semifinal at John Gallo Arena, No. 3 seed Marshfield rallied to score three goals in three and a half minutes and pull out a 3-2 comeback win over the Raiders.

“The attitude in the locker room after the first period, they were a little down,” Connolly said. “But we told them they played well, there was nothing to be ashamed of. We just had to keep playing the way we were and they were going to go in eventually.”

Barnstable (14-4-4) took a 1-0 lead with 9:04 remaining in the first when Zach Wells redirected a Will Toffey point shot.

The Raiders were also able to neutralize the Rams’ team speed through the first period, playing a 1-2-2 defensive trap.

“They kind of played that trap on us and we knew if we skated to them and we manipulated one guy to come over, there would be another guy open,” Rams junior forward Chris Perry said. “And that’s what happened.”

Toffey helped Barnstable to a 2-0 lead in the second, stripping a Marshfield defender with a persistent forecheck and then walking into the slot and letting off a wrist shot at the 8:56 mark.

The Rams (17-3-5) began their comeback 11 seconds later, straight off the ensuing faceoff. Joe Admirand raced up the left wing boards and slid a cross-ice pass to Jon Fraser, who buried the one-timer.

Ty Martina tied the game with 2:30 to play in the second, unleashing a slap shot from the right wing circle that appeared to be deflected by a Raider defenseman’s stick. Ryan Connors and Jimmy Connors had the assists on the play.

Perry then tallied the game-winner before the period was out. With 25 seconds remaining, Perry put back the rebound off of Ryan Connors’ shot from the off wing. Connors’ blast ricocheted off the post, but back in the direction of Perry, who then finished top shelf.

“It was a great play by my linemate Ryan Connors,” Perry said. “He was flying around everywhere. It came off the back post right to me. I was lucky.”

The Rams defense held through some tense final minutes of the third period, with Kyle Moran making seven saves.

Freshman Sean Cleary also turned in a strong performance in net for the Raiders with 23 saves.

Marshfield will face top-seeded Springfield Cathedral at Gallo on Sunday for the sectional championship. The puck drops at 4:45 p.m.

“They’re deep, they’re big and they’re fast,” Connolly said of Cathedral. “Hopefully, it’s a good one.”

PANTHERS RETURN


Top-seeded Springfield Cathedral’s been in this territory recently.

Two years ago, the Panthers lost a Super Eight play-in game and then rebounded, tearing through the Division 1 South tournament en route to the state championship.

Cathedral has followed through on that trajectory this season, advancing to the D-1 South final with a 5-0 win over No. 13 seed Duxbury during the early game at Gallo.

The Panthers (14-10-1) jumped on the board four minutes into the first with Frank Crinella one-timing Mickey Foley’s feed through the slot. Dante Christofori also picked up an assist on the play.

Christofori tallied his second point of the game, finding the back of the net 1:19 into the second period, providing Cathedral with a 2-0 lead. The Panthers ran their lead to 3-0 three minutes later with Matt Peloquin cashing in after camping out on the high slot with Griffin Foley providing the feed.

“Me and Frank have been connected all year long and Dante came on our line two weeks ago,” Mickey Foley said. “He’s really fit the spot. We had an empty spot and he’s really stepped up to the plate. He’s getting open and giving good passes. We’ve connected really well.”

Cathedral carried play through the second and Duxbury was held without a shot for the first 13 minutes despite having two power play opportunities sandwiched together midway through the period. The Panthers outshot the Dragons, 9-1, in the period.

Duxbury (9-8-8) was unable to cash in on four power play chances.

“We went into the third talking about staying out of the box,” Panthers head coach Brian Foley said. “We gave up two man-up opportunities, but we practice those situations a lot and it was nice to see the execution on the power play and the penalty kill.”

Stephen Metayer had the Panthers to a 4-0 lead in the third, exhibiting some quick hands, picking up a loose puck in the slot and letting off a wrist shot. Sean Kavanagh rounded out scoring with a power play goal with 6:15 remaining.
BOURNE, Mass. -- During the regular season, when Marshfield and Falmouth met in Atlantic Coast League play, the teams first played to a 2-2 tie before the Rams took a 5-1 league win in their second meeting.

If the two disparate results were any indication of Thursday’s Division 1 South playoff game at John Gallo Ice Arena, the later example held true to form.

The third-seeded Rams didn’t look past the young Clippers and came out blazing, outshooting Falmouth 13-3 in the first period and running out to a 4-0 lead. Marshfield didn’t look back from there, taking a handy 6-1 win.

“We talked to the kids about higher seeds getting bounced from the tournament,” Marshfield head coach Dan Connolly said. “They took that to heart. There have been four years that I’ve coached where we’ve been paired against teams that we’d played twice during the regular season, so even though you may have already played them, the third time is always the most important. That’s the one you need to win.”

Ryan Connors and Matt Burchill led the way with three-point games, with Connors picking up two goals. Ty Martina and Chris Perry each had two-point games.

Martina and Burchill traded off setting up each other’s goals to start scoring for Marshfield. The Rams followed up with two power play goals in the final four minutes of play. Jimmy Connors buried a one-timer feed from Perry and Ryan Connors. Defenseman Brennan Quackenbush followed with Marshfield’s second goal on the man advantage.

The Rams (15-3-5) continued to dominate play in the second period, outshooting the Clippers by a 10-3 margin. Ryan Connors got in the fray with a goal of his own on an assist from Burchill for a 5-0 lead.

Cody Murray put Falmouth on the board with 11:59 remaining in the third period with an unassisted power play goal.

Ryan Connors rounded out scoring with 6:36 remaining with assists from Perry and Jimmy Connors.

“We’ve got good speed, so we just want to get the puck from our own end, up the ice,” Connolly said. “We had pretty good passing throughout, and our team likes to go, go, go and we were able to do that tonight.”

Marshfield advances to meet 11th-ranked Norwood in a quarterfinal game on Saturday.

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