Do you like surprises? Then you have to love the spring season. When a No. 10 seed with a losing record enters the baseball tournament and ends up with a state championship, you know it’s the spring. Take a group of seniors who have already graduated, stick them on a field, and anything can happen. That’s what makes the spring so unpredictable ... and fun. This season was the swan song for some of the state’s great student-athletes, such as Matt Montalto, Rebecca Robinson, Donovan Henry, Lexi Gifford, and Casey DeAndrade. For all those reasons and more, the spring produced sweet memories. Following, in no particular order, are 10 stories that stood out among countless highlights.
1. Cambridge win best of season
The most surprising result of the entire spring didn’t happen outdoors. It occurred at Babson College in the boys’ volleyball final between unbeaten Milford and Cambridge. Milford entered the state final at 22-0, having not lost a game since April 24. Despite being 21-3, Cambridge was definitely the underdog. So when the Falcons had Milford down, 2-0, it seemed the upset of the season was unfolding. And it did happen, though the Scarlet Hawks came back to tie the match at 2-2 before losing game 5, 15-12. ‘‘I'm never going to forget this,’’ said coach Kelley Leary. Neither will anyone in attendance that night.
2. Girls’ golf: mix and matches
As always, the MIAA girls’ individual golf championships is a strange mix of seasons. There are the girls who play on spring teams, along with girls who play on boys’ teams in the fall. The result is Page 4 of this section. For some girls, like Notre Dame of Hingham’s Lauren Flynn, Aimee Dubois, and Emily LaFond, All-Scholastics is the reward for an almost three-month season. For others, like individual champion Isabel Southard of Sharon, it’s a reward for one round of golf. But that’s not entirely accurate. Southard was the Hockomock League MVP in the fall and earned that honor competing against some of the best boys in the state.
3. Duxbury meets expectations
When you have 12 Division 1 college recruits and you enter a season with eight state championships already in the school trophy case, expectations can be as difficult to beat as any opponent. ‘‘We were supposed to win,’’ said Sam Sweet, son of coach Chris. ‘‘And luckily we did. We said before, if we lose, this season is a failure.’’ That’s tough, but understandable when you’re talking Duxbury lacrosse. The Green Dragons won their ninth title with a 10-8 win over Needham. Sam scored three goals, and the talented roster of future college stars did their jobs. And even with the graduation losses, guess who’s expected to win next spring?
4. Shaky start, great finish for Westwood
Do you remember how you felt back in early April when you saw the score, Lincoln-Sudbury 13, Westwood 12? Maybe, just maybe, the Wolverines would surrender control of the girls' EMass Division 1 lacrosse title, something that’s happened just once in the past four years. But fast-forward to June and there was Westwood beating L-S, 11-9, in the EMass final, followed by a 20-6 win over Algonquin for the Wolverines’ fourth title in five years. ‘‘I think just from the seniors’ perspective, it’s our last game, no regrets, leave everything on the field,’’ said midfielder Laura McHoul. With seven goals in the title game, mission accomplished.
5. Net results for DCL tennis powers
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